Label: Chrysalis - 582353 2 • Format: 2x, CD Album, Remastered, Copy Protected, Compilation • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Blues Rock
This Was is the debut studio album by the British progressive rock band Jethro Tullreleased in When the album was released the band was already performing at the Marquee Club in London, where other successful British groups, such as the Rolling Stones and The Whohad started their careers.
In part due to Abrahams' influence, the album incorporates more rhythm and blues and jazz influences than the progressive rock the band later became known for. In particular:. My Sunday Feeling - Jethro Tull - This Was / Stand Up Abrahams, the song's author, provided vocals on the track; Dee Palmer provided the horn arrangement.
Abrahams left Jethro Tull following the album's completion in a dispute over "musical differences". Thus, the album's title probably Nightwatch - Boyd Rice And Friends - Music, Martinis, And Misanthropy to Abrahams' blues influence on the album and how blues weren't the direction Anderson wanted the band to go.
As said in the liner notes of the original record, "This was how we were playing then — but things change — don't they? The song "Dharma for One", a staple of Tull's early concerts usually incorporating an extended drum solo by Clive Bunkerwas later covered by EkseptionPesky Gee!
This song featured the "claghorn",  a hybrid instrument invented by Jeffrey Hammond which combined the body of a recorderthe bell of a toy trumpet and the mouthpiece of a saxophone. This Was received generally favourable reviews and sold well upon its release. Record Mirror thoroughly recommended the album in for being "full of excitement and emotion" and described the band as a blues ensemble "influenced by jazz music" capable of setting "the audience on fire".
Recent reviews of the remastered edition underline the duality of Anderson and Abrahams' songwriting and My Sunday Feeling - Jethro Tull - This Was / Stand Up presence, as well as the strong ties of the band to blues in their early days.
Sid Smith of BBC Music wrote that "what made Tull stand out from the great-coated crowd of touring bands was the high-visibility of frontman Ian Anderson's on-stage Tourette's-inspired hyper-gurning and Mick Groovin High - Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball And Eight Giants ferocious fretwork.
In the documentary film of the Woodstock Festivalportions of the songs "Beggar's Farm" and "Serenade to a Cuckoo" may be heard on the PA system, indicating the level of notice the album achieved in the United States. A deluxe two-CD fortieth anniversary edition was released in It contains the original mono version, a stereo version remixed from the original four-track session tapes, non-LP single tracks and the BBC sessions recorded by the band in for John Peel 's "Top Gear".
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