måndag 20 februari 2017

Jethro Tull - This Was (1a Albumet UK 1968)

260:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition (Alla Jethro Tull album är endast släppta en gång , år 2001 och är därför åtråvärda och svåra att hitta. Detta album, deras 1:a är en av deras bästa.)

This Was (UK 1968) is the first album by the rock band Jethro Tull. Recorded at a cost of only £1200 GBP, the album received generally favourable reviews and sold well upon its release. In the documentary film of the Woodstock Festival, portions 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. The album reached number 10 on the UK Album Chart.

Unlike their later albums, vocalist Ian Anderson shared songwriting duties with guitarist Mick Abrahams. Due to his influence, the album overall has more of a rhythm and blues feel than the progressive rock the band later became known for.

This album also contains the only non-instrumental Jethro Tull song not sung by Ian Anderson to be released on a studio album, "Move On Alone", where Mick Abrahams sings. David Palmer provided the horn arrangement.

Abrahams left the group following this album in a dispute over "musical differences."

The album includes a cover version of the jazz tune "Serenade to a Cuckoo" by Roland Kirk, whose flute technique was an influence on Anderson.

"Dharma for One" was later covered by Ekseption and Pesky Gee!.

"Cat's Squirrel" was later used by Mick Abrahams in Blodwyn Pig, Abraham's post-Jethro Tull band.

Jethro Tull was very much a blues band on their debut album, vaguely reminiscent of the Graham Bond Organization only more cohesive, and with greater commercial sense. The revelations about the group's roots on This Was — which was recorded during the summer of 1968 — can be astonishing, even 30 years after the fact. 

Original lead guitarist Mick Abrahams contributed to the songwriting and the singing, and his presence as a serious bluesman is felt throughout, often for the better: "Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You," an Ian Anderson original that could just as easily be credited to Big Bill Broonzy or Robert Johnson; "Cat's Squirrel," Abrahams' big showcase, where he ventures into Eric Clapton territory; and "It's Breaking Me Up," which also features some pretty hot guitar from Abrahams. Roland Kirk's "Serenade to a Cuckoo" (the first song Anderson learned to play on flute), their jazziest track ever, is one of the best parts of the album. 

The drum solo on "Dharma for One" now seems like a mistake, but is understandable in the context of the time in which it was done. The one number here that everybody knows, "A Song for Jeffrey," almost pales amid these surroundings, but at the time it was a superb example of commercial psychedelic blues. This would be the last album of its kind by the group, as Abrahams' departure and the lure of more fertile inspiration tugged them toward English folk music. 

Curiously, the audio mix here is better than that on their second album, with a much stronger, harder group sound overall. In late 2001, This Was was reissued in a remastered edition with much crisper sound and three bonus tracks. The jazzy improvisation "One for John Gee" (a reference to the manager of the Marquee Club), the folky "Love Story" (which marked the end of Mick Abrahams' tenure with the group), and the novelty piece "Christmas Song" have all been heard before but, more to the point, they're worth hearing again, especially in the fidelity they have here. 

01."My Sunday Feeling" (Anderson) – 3:43
02."Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You" (Anderson) – 2:49
03."Beggar's Farm" (Abrahams/Anderson) – 4:19
04."Move on Alone" (Abrahams) – 1:58
05."Serenade to a Cuckoo" (Kirk) – 6:07
06."Dharma for One" (Anderson/Bunker) – 4:15
07."It's Breaking Me Up" (Anderson) – 5:04
08."Cat's Squirrel" (Traditional, arranged by Abrahams) – 5:42
09."A Song for Jeffrey" (Anderson) – 3:22
10."Round" (Anderson/Abrahams/Bunker/Cornick/Ellis) – 1:03

Bonus Tracks:
11."One for John Gee" (Abrahams) – 2:06
12."Love Story" (Anderson) – 3:06
13."Christmas Song" (Anderson) – 3:06