Genre: Progressive Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Size: 87,73 MB
This Was is the debut album by the rock band Jethro Tull, released in 1968.
While vocalist Ian Anderson's creative vision largely shaped Jethro Tull's later albums, on This Was Anderson shared songwriting duties with Tull's guitarist Mick Abrahams. 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:
The music to "Beggar's Farm", "My Sunday Feeling", "It's Breaking Me Up" and "Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You" are based on blues progressions, with the latter song arranged similarly to Big Bill Broonzy's blues standard "Key to the Highway".
"Cat's Squirrel" (included in the album "because people like it", according to the liner notes) was written by Doctor Ross and covered as an instrumental by numerous 1960s British blues bands, perhaps most notably by Cream. Mick Abrahams would later perform the song in his post-Jethro Tull blues band Blodwyn Pig.
The album includes a cover version of Roland Kirk's jazz standard "Serenade to a Cuckoo". According to the liner notes, "Cuckoo" was one of the first tunes Ian Anderson learned to play on the flute.
The coda of "My Sunday Feeling" incorporates quotes from two well-known jazz tunes, Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme" (specifically the song's bass line, played as a short solo by Glenn Cornick) and Nat Adderley's and Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Work Song".
This Was also contains the only Jethro Tull lead vocal not performed by Ian Anderson on a studio album, "Move on Alone". Mick Abrahams, the song's author, provides vocals on the track; David 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 refers to Abahams' 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 Bunker), was later covered by Ekseption, Pesky Gee! and The Ides of March. (http://en.wikipedia.org)
01 - My Sunday Feeling 03:43
02 - Someday The Sun Won't Shine For You 02:48
03 - Beggar's Farm 04:21
04 - Move On Alone 01:59
05 - Serenade To A Cuckoo 06:11
06 - Dharma For One 04:16
07 - It's Breaking Me Up 05:04
08 - Cat's Squirrel 05:43
09 - A Song For Jeffrey 03:24
10 - Round 00:53
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