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Jethro Tull
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Review by Scott Prinzing
When Jethro Tull’s iconic singer/songwriter/flutist, et al, Ian Anderson set out to record this album, it was intended to be his first solo project.

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Aqualung
Review by Gary Hill
If you’ve only ever owned one album by Jethro Tull, the odds are this is it. It’s one of those all time classic discs.

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Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Special Edition
Review by Gary Hill
This set is quite cool. It’s a double disc set of the classic Jethro Tull album.

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Aqualung Live
Review by Lorraine Kay
When Lee Abrams of Rock Radio approached lead vocalist of Ian Anderson recently about doing a live recording of "Aqualung" as part of an XM Radio series, he wasn't excited about doing the project "But the notion of re-recording the Aqualung album began to exert its charm," he said, "especially since some of the songs had never been performed since the days when they were recorded back in January 1971.

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Benefit
Review by Gary Hill
This early Tull album is a good one.
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Broadsword and the Beast
Review by Gary Hill
This album is sort of a connecting piece in the Jethro Tull legacy.
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Catfish Rising
Review by Gary Hill
This was the first album from Jethro Tull in the 1990s.

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Crest of A Knave (Reissue)
Review by G. W. Hill
Part of a series of reissue released this year, this is a fine Tull album, although not really from their classic period. In fact, it was this disc that found the band taking “Best Metal Artist” Grammy in the first year of that award.
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Heavy Horses
Review by Scott Prinzing
Jethro Tull’s 1978 release, Heavy Horses, sits in the middle of what many Tull fans consider a folk-influenced trilogy, beginning with Songs from the Wood (1977) and ending with Stormwatch (1979). 
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J-Tull Dot Com
Review by G. W. Hill
Arguably Jethro Tull's strongest album in quite some time, this one really captures the Tull sounds from every era and combines them into a smorgasbord of potent music. The band seems to add new elements to the mix and come out with an album that is certainly not tied to the sound of one period of the band, or one style of music.
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Live - Bursting Out
Review by Larry Toering
Recorded from various locations throughout Europe, on the 1978 Heavy Horses tour, Jethro Tull came up with a vibrant recording, and this 2004 remaster contains a vastly improved sound to bring it up to date. 

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Live at Hammersmith ’84
Review by Scott Prinzing
Originally recorded live on September 9 for broadcast on the BBC Radio One on December 27, 1984, this CD wasn’t released until 1990. 

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Live at Monteux 2003
Review by Gary Hill
There is Jethro Tull and there is Ian Anderson. Interestingly enough as the only founding member of the band to have remained with the group, the two have become rather synonymous over the years. In fact, there are those who believe that Anderson’s name is, in fact, Jethro Tull.
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Minstrel In The Gallery (Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is another of the recent reissues by Jethro Tull. It is also one of the band’s finest works of all time.
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Nightcap
Review by Scott Prinzing
Proving that Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson is one of the most prolific and consistently superior songwriters in rock, this double-disc collection compiles the entire abandoned album, dubbed the Chateau D’Isaster Tapes, recorded at the Chateau D’Herouville near Paris in 1973. 

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Roots to Branches
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that this is a Jethro Tull album that doesn’t get a lot of attention compared to some of the rest of their catalog.

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Songs From the Wood
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is perhaps more organic and less hard rocking than some of the Jethro Tull’s other albums. 

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Stand Up
Review by Dan Fredrickson
Unlike its predecessor, This Was, this album sounds like Jethro Tull.

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Stormwatch
Review by Gary Hill
This album seems to be one that gets reviews on two ends of the spectrum, but not really in the middle. I suppose mine should fall there, but I really like it.

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The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
Review by Gary Hill
For those hankering for a Jethro Tull album that fits nicely into a similar style as their late 1970's albums, this disc was just the ticket. Adding the holiday theme makes a bonus.
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The Very Best Of
Review by Gary Hill
Choosing what songs to include on a Jethro Tull compilation like this one must be a daunting task. Just think about the wealth of material available in their catalog and then try to imagine culling just enough material to fill one CD.
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Thick as a Brick
Review by Julie Knispel
By the time Jethro Tull released Thick as a Brick in 1972, the band had already seen radical shifts in membership and musical style.
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This Was
Review by Dan Fredrickson
According to Jethro Tull’s website, This Was got its name from Ian Anderson who wanted to make a statement that the record's blues sound reflected a temporary nature of the band's sound.  

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!
Review by Scott Prinzing
Although this is one of the albums from Jethro Tull’s heyday, the title track is the only song that has remained in the band’s live set list.

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Under Wraps
Review by Greg Olma
Jethro Tull had a difficult time with the changing music scene. 

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War Child
Review by Greg Olma
Jethro Tull really switched gears with this 1974 release.  

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DVD Reviews
Jethro Tull - Jack In The Green - Live In Germany
Review by Greg Olma
I have been a fan of Jetro Tull since 11/8/84. I remember it vividly because that was the first time I saw them live and I have been hooked ever since.
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Jethro Tull - Live at Montreux 2003 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Jethro Tull is certainly a band that needs no introduction in progressive rock (and classic rock) circles. Their unique sound and reputation for quality precedes them.
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Jethro Tull - Living With The Past
Review by Greg Olma
Jethro Tull have not released a lot of concert video material. Slipstream was their first but not much has come out since.
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Jethro Tull - Living With the Past CD and DVD Collector’s Edition
Review by Gary Hill
Let’s make things clear here – this is the same DVD Greg Olma reviewed before. The difference is, this set has a bonus CD added to the mix.
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Jethro Tull - Nothing is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
Review by Josh Turner
This DVD is about a historical band playing a historical venue during a historical era. It's both a concert and a documentary.
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Concert Reviews
Jethro Tull - Live at London’s High Voltage Festival, July, 2011
Review by Alison Reijman
This reviewer was approaching the final act of the day with a certain amount of trepidation.

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Jethro Tull - Live in Chicago, IL, November, 2005
Review by Greg Olma
I love concerts like this. More and More bands seem to be dispensing with the opening acts and doing two sets of their own.
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Jethro Tull - Live In Highland Park, IL, June 2010
Review by Greg Olma
 I had not been to a Jethro Tull concert in a couple of years so I figured it was time that I make the effort to see on of my favorite bands.

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Jethro Tull - Live in Portland, Oregon, June 2011
Review by Mark Johnson

Jethro Tull were found out on the lawn in the “woods” showcasing one of their best albums, Aqualung, at one of Oregon’s best outdoor concert venues.


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Jethro Tull - Live in Rockford, IL, July 24th, 2001
Review by Mike Korn
It was certainly fitting that Jethro Tull would play a grand venue such as the refurbished Coronado Theater. This classic old movie palace is full of ornate and baroque imagery, easily lending itself to thoughts of a time gone by.
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Jethro Tull - Live in Waukegan, IL, October 2007
Review by Greg Olma
The great thing about seeing Jethro Tull live is that each time they come to town, they will fill the evening with crowd favorites but they include just as many surprises. Even the crowd favorites are often reworked to give them a new life and keep the players excited about performing them.


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Interviews
Jethro Tull
Interview by Bob Cooper
Interview with Martin Barre of Jethro Tull from 2003



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Jethro Tull
Interview by Mark Johnson

Interview with Doane Perry of Jethro Tull from 2011


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This is the newest CD from Alan Simon. Simon is a French artist who has been releasing powerful rock operas like this one for a long time.
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Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus
Review by G. W. Hill

I know it’s still early days in terms of the year 2014, but I’d say it’s a safe bet this disc will make my “best of” list for the year. I


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Ian Anderson - Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Thick as a Brick Live in Iceland
Review by G. W. Hill

Let’s just say that those looking for a Jethro Tull concert specifically might be disappointed.


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Ian Anderson - Live In Milwaukee, WI, October 2006
Review by Greg Olma
The show was billed as “An evening of Orchestral Jethro Tull with Ian Anderson.” It is sometimes difficult to separate Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull but they are two very different beasts.
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Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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This compilation album from Blodwyn Pig is interesting.


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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
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I like these Royal Philharmonica Orchestra sets. I


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Ian Anderson - Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
Review by Gary Hill
I have to go on record as saying that I am not always blown away by rock bands doing shows with orchestra. It often seems to me that in this type of an arrangement the symphony either serves as simply an accompaniment, a role that can be equally served by keys, or tends to overshadow or take away from the actual thrust of the musical compositions.
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Ian Anderson - Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I find that often when groups play with orchestras the result is somewhat disappointing. Often the orchestra simply serves as icing on the cake and the power of the music is tempered in trying to lend room to the new found instruments in the arrangement.
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Various Artists - Popoff Archive 2: Progressive Rock written by Martin Popoff
Review by Greg Olma
The music world has many characters who work behind the scenes, from producers to engineers to marketing people (and many more). 

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Mick Abrahams - Revived
Review by G. W. Hill

Mick Abrahams was the original guitarist for Jethro Tull.


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Martin Barre - Roads Less Travelled
Review by Gary Hill

Martin Barre is probably best known as the long time guitarist for Jethro Tull. I reviewed his Back to Steel album when it came out, and loved it.


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Various Artists - Rockin' the City of Angels written by Douglas Harr
Review by G. W. Hill
This book is something very special. A good tag-line for this would be "come for the pictures, stay for the stories."

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Alan Simon - Songwriter
Review by Gary Hill

I don't think I had heard of Alan Simon until recently. This double disc set captures a lot of his previous work.


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Joe Lynn Turner - The Sessions
Review by G. W. Hill
This is essentially a compilation disc of cover tunes from Joe Lynn Turner.

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Ian Anderson - Thick as a Brick 2
Review by G. W. Hill

I like this disc a lot.


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Various Artists - This Is The Blues Volume 4
Review by Gary Hill
The fourth installment in the “This is the Blues” series, this disc has some interesting performances and perhaps the most eclectic and famous group of performers.

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Various Artists - To Cry You A Song: A Collection of Tull Tales
Review by Gary Hill
One of the first tribute albums ever done by Magna Carta, this one includes some intriguing arrangements of Jethro Tull songs. There are some definite winners here (witness Aqualung, To Cry You a Song, and Locomotive Breath) and no real losers.
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Ian Anderson - Walk Into Light
Review by Gary Hill

This solo disc from Ian Anderson is not as meaty as one might think. It’s actually pretty mellow and keyboard oriented.


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Wild Turkey - You And Me In the Jungle
Review by Gary Hill
Never heard of Wild Turkey? That’s probably because you aren’t from the right part of the world.
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