Jethro Tull


Jethro Tull

Nothing like observing Cinco de Mayo with a short dissertation on Ian Anderson & Company: Jethro Tull.

Without a doubt, the first place I ever heard / heard of Jethro Tull was on one of te first publicly sold Warner / Reprise ‘loss leader’ 2LP sets – the track “My Sunday Feeling”.  I somehow skipped album #2 (“Stand Up”) and went straight for the first new Jethro Tull album that was being released – after I knew of them: “Benefit”.

“Benefit” remains, for me, their finest ¾ of an hour.  There are arguments for the track listing on both the US & UK copies – which differ slightly.  I have a re-mastered (with bonus tracks) version of the CD, but have never managed to track down a Japanese paper sleeve CD edition – drat!

The ones that I can shamelessly recommend are:

LP                THIS WAS                                                                         ISLAND UK             ILPS 9085

1968 10 TRKS UK original issue

CDx2           THIS WAS (Deluxe edition)                                           CHRYSALIS US     206497.2

1968 35 TRKS (’08 issue) 40th annv. Edition

LP                STAND UP                                                                        ISLAND UK             ILPS 9103

1969 10 TRKS UK original issue

CD                STAND UP                                                                        TOSHIBA JPN        TOCP-65880

1969 14 TRKS (’01 issue) (kami sleeve) (4 x bonus tracks)

LP                BENEFIT                                                                           REPRISE US         RS 6400

1970 10 TRKS original US issue

LP                BENEFIT                                                                           ISLAND/CHR UK   ILPS 9123

1970 10 TRKS UK original

CD                BENEFIT                                                                           CHRYSALIS US     535457.2

1970 14 TRKS (’01 issue) (4 x bonus tracks)

LP                AQUALUNG                                                                      ISLAND/CHR UK   ILPS 9145

1971 11 TRKS original UK issue

LP                AQUALUNG (QUAD remix LP) test pressing             CHRYSALIS US     CH4 1044

1971 11 TRKS Quad test pressing, remixed

CD                AQUALUNG                                                                      TOSHIBA JPN        TOCP-65882

1971 17 TRKS (6 x bonus tracks) (’01 issue) Kami sleeve

7″                 LIFE IS A LONG SONG (EP) (PS)                                ISLAND/CHR UK   WIP 6106

1971 5 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

LP                THICK AS A BRICK                                                         CHRYSALIS UK     CHR 1003

1972 2 TRKS orig. UK issue with newspaper

CD                THICK AS A BRICK                                                         TOSHIBA JPN        TOCP-65883

1972 4 TRKS (2 x bonus tracks) kami sleeve (’01 issue)

Live albums & a ‘best of’:

LP                MY GOD! pirate                                                                ATHAPASCAN        20.5

1970? 8 TRKS pirate, blue vinyl; Live + studio

CD                25th ANNIVERSARY BOX Disc #2 (Collection)         CHRYSALIS US     CDCHR 60042

1970 10 TRKS Live ’70 (’93 issue)

CD                NOTHING IS EASY – LIVE, ISLE OF WIGHT 1970     EAGLE US              ER 20067.2

1970 8 TRKS Live ’70 (’04 issue)

LPx2            LIVING IN THE PAST (Collection)                                ISLAND/CHR UK   CJT 1/2

1972 21 TRK Collection, UK original; large booklet

CDx2           LIVING IN THE PAST (Collection) (Kami)                   TOSHIBA JPN        TOCP-67369/70

1972 21 TRKS (’04 issue) kami sleeve

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