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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


    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
  • Ranunculus

    I used to listen to this band a lot when I was young and they packed me off to school and they taught me how... Dammit, what a catchy tune.

    21 Apr 1:51pm Reply
  • BostonBruin

    my bass cover of cross-eyed mary

    1 Apr 3:40pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Hah, I just came on here to rave about Heavy Horses. I grew up on Aqualung and other than that have only heard Songs from the Wood, but Heavy Horses is definitely my favorite yet.

    31 Mar 2:20pm Reply
  • Gastjale

    There are hardly enough words to describe the sheer pastoral beauty of Heavy Horses. Anderson conveyed his experiences and perceptions of country life in such a heart-warming, genuine and lively way that you can actually feel his thoughts. On this album, he decided to let his sneer drop for a moment, and created a truly personal and thought-provoking album. That isn't to undermine any of their other works, however - by NO bloody means! I'm simply pointing out the fortes of this unique filly of the royal stable of Jethro Tull.

    23 Mar 9:55pm Reply
  • woodstock135

    For me, Benefit is their best!

    16 Mar 4:01am Reply
  • dr_bun

    thick as a brick kicks ass

    7 Mar 1:50pm Reply
  • ProgressiveDoom

    Everybody likes a bit of Jethro Tull ;) In my world at least!

    23 Feb 11:46am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Jethro Tull

    19 Feb 3:23pm Reply
  • ProgShine

    News: Ian Anderson New Album Homo Erraticus To Be Released On April:

    14 Feb 4:48pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    первые альбомы были по-настоящему новаторскими и интересными, очень красивая музыка

    1 Feb 12:33pm Reply
  • AliceInChains15

    Truly one of the few bands that my schizophrenic taste in music will allow me to continually return to. The joy I get from listening to a Jethro Tull album simply cannot be replicated through any other means.

    20 Jan 11:52am Reply
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