JETHRO TULL – ” Live In Chicago 1970 “

Posted: July 3, 2022 in MUSIC

Jethro Tull, live from Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Recorded August 16th 1970 Jethro Tull were flying in the summer of 1970, having recently added John Evan on keyboards and released their classic “Benefit” album. They ended their US tour with this triumphant Sunday evening date at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago (supported by Cactus, Frantic and Ned), broadcast on WLIR-FM.

Jethro Tull were in the midst of a musical shift; going from the Blues/Jazz-based Rock to something more akin to the Progressive movement of the day. The band was evolving, and Ian Anderson was trying out new and different paths. Busily promoting “Benefit”, the follow-up album to their 1969 hit “Stand Up”, while gathering material for their milestone “Aqualung”, which was recorded later on in 1970 and released early 1971. Having been an opening act for Led Zeppelin in the early days, a flute-based band, no matter how funky and down-home it was attempting to be, was not going to sway an audience bent on wall-to-wall heavy rock.

This concert and broadcast also come before their legendary Isle Of Wight appearance on August 30th. For Tull fans, this concert is a must – for people just getting around to listening to Jethro Tull, it’s part of a series of historic stepping stones for a band which became one of the most influential and enduring bands in Rock music.

The set is presented in superb fidelity here, together with backgrounds notes and images.

Side One 1. My Sunday Feeling 5.57 2. My God 11.21 3. To Cry You a Song 6.28 Side Two With You There to Help Me 13.27 2. Sossity; You’re a Woman 5.41 3. Nothing is Easy 6.29 Side Three 1. Dharma for One 10.29 2. We Used to Know 8.32 3. For a Thousand Mothers 2.45 Etched fourth side

The band: Ian Anderson – Flute, Guitar, Vocals Martin Barre – Guitar Clive Bunker – Drums Glenn Cornick – Bass John Evan – Keyboards

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