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Jethro Tull


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Blackpool, Lancashire, England (1967 – present)

Jethro Tull is a / band which formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, England in 1967. Their music is marked by the initially soulful and bluesy, and later expressively idiosyncratic, vocal style and unique lead flute work of frontman Ian Anderson; and by unusual and often complex song construction. Their music, though starting with blues rock with an experimental flavour, has incorporated elements of classical and celtic folk music, as well as art rock and alternative rock. Anderson has attributed the marked difference between their music and the music of their contemporaries to the group’s avoidance of narcotics. While other music groups did influence them in their early years, they quickly developed a unique, instantly recognizable sound.

Ian Anderson’s first band, started in 1963 in Blackpool, was known as The Blades. It had developed by 1966 into a seven-piece white soul band called the John Evan Band (later the John Evan Smash), named for pianist/drummer John Evans, who dropped the final “s” from his name to make it sound less ordinary. At this point, Barriemore Barlow was the band’s drummer, as he would later be for Tull itself beginning in early 1971. However, after moving to London, most of the band quit, leaving Anderson and bassist Glenn Cornick to join forces with blues guitarist Mick Abrahams and his friend, drummer Clive Bunker, both from the band McGregor’s Engine. At first, they had trouble getting repeat bookings and took to changing their name frequently to continue playing the London club circuit. Band names were often supplied by the staff of their booking agents, one of whom, a history buff, eventually christened them Jethro Tull after the 18th century agriculturist who invented the seed drill.


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  • alex_domovoi


    13 Sep 12:46pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    Thick as a brick and minstrel in the gallery are their best albums

    12 Sep 9:43pm Reply
  • starbaseone

    Best lesser known Tull tunes: Orion, and Silver River Turning. Full List:

    7 Sep 7:17am Reply
  • necro_daemon

    RIP Glenn :/

    3 Sep 11:10pm Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP Glenn Cornick, original bassist

    2 Sep 8:52am Reply
  • BJBooth

    Goodbye, Glenn. Your bass rhythms were as important as anyone else in the band. Still one of my best concerts I attended back in 1972 was the Benefit Tour. Amazing concert. Thanks for all the tunes, Rock in Peace.

    31 Aug 1:05pm Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    ✟✟✟ R.I.P. Glenn Cornick ✟✟✟

    30 Aug 3:09pm Reply
  • Lord_Graf

    R.I.P Glenn :-(

    30 Aug 1:47pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    RIP Glenn Cornick. :( Thank you for everything, especially your amazing bass playing on the first three Tull albums and Living in the Past. ☮

    29 Aug 9:59pm Reply
  • herkyjerky

    RIP Glenn Cornick, the talented co-founder of Jethro Tull and bass electric guitarist on the wondrous first 3 Tull albums, especially the massive masterpiece Benefit, his favorite Tull album and the favorite of many fans such as myself. He passed away a few hours ago at his home in the company of his family after struggling with a heart condition for several months.

    29 Aug 7:07am Reply
  • DesertSun96

    ian anderson is the einstein of the music.

    23 Aug 1:21pm Reply
  • alex_domovoi


    9 Aug 7:18am Reply
  • jour-ney

    какая же классная песня we used to know...

    3 Aug 8:29pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    I second the Benefit and Minstrel in the Gallery (my favorite Tull album) recommendations, Stand Up and Heavy Horses are also essential and thoroughly excellent.

    29 Jul 1:02am Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    one of the best bands ever

    24 Jul 11:08am Reply
  • Gastjale

    Lesser known Tull tunes? Well, I'm an album person myself, but if I had to recommend some individual songs, I'd say "Broadford Bazaar", "Dark Ages", "A Small Cigar", "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me", "Sealion" and "Pan Dance" for starters. I admit that it's easier to point out lesser known albums than songs, but I don't think any of the songs mentioned above are that well-known. Also, if you appreciate the 80s synth pop sound, I'd suggest you to check out "Drive On the Young Side of Life" and "Pussy Willow". And now that we're approaching the latter days of Tull, why not give "Wounded, Old and Treacherous" a try?

    24 Jul 10:52am Reply
  • Athena920

    I'm not a gentleman but Benefit and Minstrel in the Gallery are fantastic albums as well. Can't go wrong with anything on either album, really.

    18 Jul 3:54pm Reply
  • niQboy

    g'day gentlemen of Tull shoutbox, would you care to recommend some lesser known Tull tunes? I've only been listening to Aqualung, Thick As A Brick and the Best Of compilation so far.

    17 Jul 10:20pm Reply
  • JackAnderson94

    Used to hear so much Thick As A Brick that I still remember clearly every single passage even after years.

    2 Jul 11:39pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Heavy Horses was my favorite Tull album by far when I was 14-15. It's not anymore, but it's still a personal favorite:)

    13 May 10:06pm Reply
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