JETHRO TULL – ” This Was ” The 50th Anniversary Edition / 3CD+DVD deluxe Released 3rd February 1969

Posted: August 29, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Jethro Tull released their first LP “This Was” on the 3rd February 1969 in the USA. The record was released in the UK in Oct. of 1968. The album was recorded at a cost of only £1200, and it is the only studio album by Jethro Tull to feature guitarist Mick Abrahams. The good reception of the album in the UK permitted the band to perform in the Marquee Club, where other successful British groups started their careers, such as the Rolling Stones and The Who.

“This Was” has the only Jethro Tull lead vocal not performed by Ian Anderson on a studio album, with Mick Abrahams providing the vocals on the track “Move on Alone”.

The song “Dharma for One”, a staple of Tull’s early concerts which usually incorporating an extended drum solo by Clive Bunker, was later covered by Ekseption, Pesky Gee! and The Ides of March.

On “My Sunday Feeling,” the song opens with Mick’s guitar on one channel and Ian’s flute across the way on the opposite channel, in a call-and response pattern. When the vocals begin, we have Ian’s voice on one side, his flute on the other and Mick shoved into the background with the rest of the boys.

On the next track, “Some Day the Sun Won’t Shine For You,” Ian harmonizes with himself on opposite channels with no intention whatsoever of coming close to matching the melody note-for note. This is a good thing, because it’s a song with a front-porch blues feel and precision would have only spoiled it. I should note that the song bears more than a passing similarity to Big Bill Broonzy’s “Key to the Highway.” Broonzy’s original features a slightly faster tempo,The record received generally favorable reviews and sold well upon its release. New Musical Express wrote a positive review in 1968, saying that the album “sounds good and has a lot of humour about it”. About their style, the review said, “They play jazz really, in a soft, appealing way, and have a bit of fun on the side with tone patterns and singing”.

Jethro Tull / This Was: The 50th Anniversary Edition

1968 debut album, This Was, will be reissued as a 3CD+DVD deluxe edition in November with stereo and surround mixes by Steven Wilson and rare recordings.
This 50th anniversary package includes the original album and bonus tracks remixed in stereo by Steven Wilson, live BBC sessions from 1968, the original mix of the album in both mono and stereo, a flat transfer of the US 1969 stereo mix and the original album and bonus tracks remixed by Steven Wilson in 4.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround and 96/24 LPCM stereo (‘Love Story’ and ‘A Christmas Song’ are actually presented as 5.1 mixes).

The Jethro Tull reissues should be familiar by now, so this will be presented in the usual DVD-sized book package filled with an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson with rare and unseen photographs.

This Was: The 50th Anniversary Edition will be issued on 9th November 2018.

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