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This Was

  out of 4 Music Review: This Was

Artist: Jethro Tull
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2001

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
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"This Was" was the beginning for Jethro Tull. I think most fans of the group today don't realize that they were heavily influenced by the blues on their first outing. There was Ian Anderson's unique vocal style and flute playing to suggest a slight progressive mindset within the framework in their sound at the time, but it's primarily the blues that reigned supreme. The group changed suddenly after this release as the departure of lead guitarist Mick Abrahams required the group to look for a replacement. That change would be enormous in the development of the Jethro Tull sound.

'My Sunday Feeling' leads off the set with the familiar Tull musings. On instrumentals such as 'Serenade To A Cuckoo' and 'Dharma For One' the group showed how adept they were by incorporating jazz and blues into their sound. Anderson's flute gave them a uniqueness that nobody else in rock music could claim. The classic blues tune 'Cat's Squirrel' is a fine rocker, once again showing the many colors of the group's makeup. Instrumentals were to become much more complex in later years (Listen to 'Thick As A Brick').

This may seem like a dated back catalog album offering, although in actuality it is a priceless gift of historical importance to the group, and an exemplary listening experience for all of those whom appreciate Jethro Tull and have an interest in understanding how the group was born and why they developed into one the most successful rock groups of all time. The bonus tracks are always a delight, the sound is superb, and Ian Anderson's wistful and wry commentary in the liner notes is a joy. Let it be noted that his guidance in the remastering process was key in making this entire project a success. And to think that this is only the beginning, we all have a lot to be excited about and a lot to look forward to in the near future with these fine remastered versions of their catalog.

1. My Sunday Feeling
2. Some Day The Sun Won't Shine For You
3. Beggar's Farm
4. Move On Alone
5. Serenade To A Cuckoo
6. Dharma For One
7. It's Breaking Me Up
8. Cat's Squirrel
9. A Song For Jeffrey
10. Round

Bonus Tracks:
11. One For John Gee
12. Love Story
13. Christmas Song



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