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    Cool Jethro Tull fans here............

    the greatest band of all time, imho.

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    Jethro Tull is one of the bands that should be right up my alley, given that I love classic rock in general and prog in particular. But although I have most of their albums, they never quite connected with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    the greatest band of all time, imho.
    I wouldn't go that far, but they're definitely cool. Used to listen to them a lot more though. Seen em live too

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    Jethro Tull was the first music I liked, as a wee little child X3

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    I'm only fond of Stand Up and Aqualung, sadly.


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    I enjoy "Stand Up", "This Was" and also "Benefit". Besides that I don't have much use for them anymore. When I was a teenager in the 70s I owned everything they had recorded up to about 1976. Thick as a Brick was an OK album but I always thought "Passion Play" was superior even though it was not as well liked or even played by most fans.

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    I gave up after 1980's 'A' - an album I disliked very much at the time. In any case my tastes were evolving (I was still only about 17) and sadly Tull were one of the bands who failed to make the cut in terms of my keeping up with their output (I did get to hear Under Wraps not long after it came out and that experience threatened to put me off the band for ever). From what I did buy I would say my favourite periods were 69-71 (Stand Up/Benefit/Aqualung) and 77-79 (Songs From the Wood/Heavy Horses/Stormwatch). I really liked the Living In The Past semi-compilation and the Bursting Out live album as well.

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    i have every album they ever did, plus Ians solo stuff.
    the quality and inventiveness has never slacked.
    Ian is the musical genius of our time.

    you guys need to get more Tull

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    you guys need to get more Tull
    Sorry, I've culled my Tull.


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    I can appreciate what they did/have done musically, however - and as shallow as this may sound - they have put a foul taste in my mouth because of the Grammy they were awarded in 1992 in the Hard Rock/Metal category, beating out Metallica, amongst others. Of course, this was not their doing but I have a hard time listening to them and accepting the fact they won a Grammy, let alone in the Metal category.

    I can't be alone in thinking this is bizarre?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    i have every album they ever did, plus Ians solo stuff.
    the quality and inventiveness has never slacked.
    Ian is the musical genius of our time.

    you guys need to get more Tull
    So what are your favourites, then (and please don't say 'all of them'!)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpanishFly View Post
    ...but I have a hard time listening to them and accepting the fact they won a Grammy, let alone in the Metal category.
    After 20 years???


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    I love Jethro Tull. At least I love the Tull albums from This Was to Heavy Horses, inclusive. Stormwatch was a very weak album, but it was made under difficult circumstances when John Glacock's illness and death affected things badly. The period of Tull I love coincides exactly with David Palmer's involvement. He was an uncredited co-writer (and lone writer) of more Jethro Tull material than many people realise and was responsible for those wonderful, effective and tasteful orchestral arrangements. That incarnation of Jethro Tull ceased to be almost by accident in 1980 when Ian Anderson's record company leant on him to release A, originally intended as a solo album with a different band (apart from Martin Barre), under the Jethro Tull banner, thereby effectively making all of the official Tull band (except Barre) redundant. It was never the same after this and, although I have tried to listen to the later albums (and do find the occasional track I enjoy), they were a shadow of their former selves once Palmer had departed. I can't think of another example of such an unsung musical hero having such a profound effect on a band.

    People didn't know what to make of Jethro Tull and they seemed to be classified as a different type of band almost with every album - blues, folk-rock, rock, progressive rock - even metal! For me they were a folk-rock band with jazz and progressive tendencies and this makes them (and their style of music) unique in the world of rock.

    I enjoy their music immensely and they were certainly one of the most original rock bands of all time. 'The best', however is entirely subjective and a matter of personal opinion (and opinions don't equate to facts) and I would suggest a slightly childish and pointless thing to claim.
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    Ian Anderson is a fine lyricist, songwriter and musician. Too bad he can't sing anymore. JT has carried on far too long, imo. I have most of their albums up through Storm Watch. And I like Anderson's solo album Walk Into Light. Although the 80s sounds on this record are badly dated, the songs are pretty good.

    I grew up in the 70s enjoying many of the "prog" rock bands of the era, but I only revisit the music very occasionally. I like Gentle Giant the best. Anderson was also a big fan of GG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpanishFly View Post
    I can appreciate what they did/have done musically, however - and as shallow as this may sound - they have put a foul taste in my mouth because of the Grammy they were awarded in 1992 in the Hard Rock/Metal category, beating out Metallica, amongst others. Of course, this was not their doing but I have a hard time listening to them and accepting the fact they won a Grammy, let alone in the Metal category.

    I can't be alone in thinking this is bizarre?
    Grammy's aren't worth a damn o3o Also, metal is very vaguely defined. Jethro Tull's music doesn't really fit "metal" as we know it circa the early 90s, but if we go by the late 60s/70s definitions of metal, they aren't terribly far removed from Rainbow, Led Zeppelin, early-Sabbath, Deep Purple and such. Also, the distinction between hard rock and heavy metal is pretty vague too. (this isn't an issue confined to these 2, genre in general isn't very reliable.)

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