Jethro Tull - a small review
I have been a Jethro Tull fan since a classmate brought in a copy of Stand Up to play on the school Dansette, one afternoon in 1969. These people, where did they come from? They looked like tatterdemalions and jesters and played incredible blues and progressive rock, tinged with folk. Tull went through many phases and is still recognisably Jethro Tull due to the continued dominance of frontman Ian Anderson. All the other original members, Clive Bunker, Glenn Cornick and Mick Abrahams have long gone. For a greater part of Tull's forty year history, Martin Barre has been a reassuring presence, though even Barre no longer tours full-time with the band. Tull never followed trends but nevertheless had several top five albums and platinum sales. To me, their appeal has been something quintessentially English, both lyrically and musically. A case in point is their mid Seventies offering, "Songs from the Wood". For this, Anderson immersed himself in English folklore, but preferred to call the songs "folky window-dressing in a prog rock shop front".
Out of the "Songs from the Wood" sessions came a track called Beltane, not on the album but included in the remaster. And since we are entering this period, of Jacks in the Greens and Green Men and fertility, what better than to include this track as a tribute to Jethro Tull.
Glenn Cornick spent a few days at Weasel Hall a while back, with his family, on holiday from their home in California. It was a real treat for a star struck Weasel
Posted by Wrinkled Weasel on Monday, April 27, 2009