Jethro Tull
This Was


5.0
classic

Review

by Ian USER (108 Reviews)
November 21st, 2005 | 44 replies | 5,843 views


Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Jethro Tull was formed in 1968 out of the remains of The John Evans Band. This Was is the name of the first record that Jethro Tull recorded in Chelsea, London in 1968. Back then Jethro Tull was pretty much a 12-bar blues band and also was the only record guitarist Mick Abrahams played on because he left the band that same year to be replaced by permanent guitarist Martin Barre. Ian Anderson is the vocalist, flutist, as well as many other instruments for this album and would go on to be the only original member that would stay in the band. Bassist Glenn Cornick would go on to play for the bands next two albums after this and drummer Clive Bunker went on for a few as well.


As I sat down to listen to this album I found it very accessible and easy to listen to. It is generally a mellow relaxing album and starts out with one of the standout tracks on the album, My Sunday Feeling which has some groovy blues music to it and some nice flute from Ian. The entire album feels like one whole song to me most of the time and I can listen to it straight through feeling like I have only listened to one song. The guitar and bass is wonderful on here with some nice blues lines on both instruments, especially evident on Some Day the Sun Wonít Shine For You. Beggarís Farm has a classic blues guitar line as well to it, which is probably well known by many people, but no one knows who it is done by.


Serenade to a Cuckoo has some very good flute playing on it that feels as if it could be played in an elevator. The six minute song mainly focuses on the playing of the flute with some music in the background most of the time. Throughout the song it hints that Ian Anderson is going to sing, but only gets out a syllable at times. The guitar starts to really rise out of the shadows half way through the song, with the flute still playing in the background. In the end the guitar and the flute really have their moments on this song and the rest of the album making them the main part of this album. Some more examples of classic flute playing is the classic A Song for Jeffery. Featuring some great drumming, flute, and ďold man" vocals from Ian. This song is just absolutely terrific and should be heard by all fans of Jethro Tull.


Now I feel I must mention the drumming. Overall it is well done, particularly evident on the song Dharma For One. It is definitely the main part of that song with some fast beats and great long solos. Especially near the end where it gets really crazy and then goes into a really retro beat that makes it easy for the rest of the instruments to join in and close out the song. The bass compliments the album as a whole really well and is represented nicely on songs such as My Sunday Feeling and the wonderful Itís Breaking Me Up.


Overall this album is a classic that should be checked out. This album isnít a great representation of the band as they change their sound later on in other albums, but it is still something that the utmost Jethro Tull fan must own, as well as any classic rock lover. There arenít any bad songs on the entire album and each band member shows his true talent at several points all throughout. The guitar and the flute work very well together and the bass and drums are outstanding, especially the drums. Ianís singing is good as well, but overall there isnít to much from him. Sometimes his voice sounds like an old man. That is probably done on purpose because when this album was released they wanted people to think that they were old. This review might be a bit short, but I think it represents the album well as a whole please leave feedback. Thanks!



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Storm In A Teacup
November 21st 2005



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kinda felt weird typing Ian's name since that's my name too.

I hope people like the review.

pulseczar
November 21st 2005



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, though I don't think this album is very essential in terms of JT, but still great. Dharma for one live is awesome, the whole band goes insane in it.

Storm In A Teacup
November 21st 2005



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would imagine that Dharma for One would be crazy with all theat cool drumming. Damn, my parents saw them live when I was younger and not into them.

Storm In A Teacup
November 21st 2005



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Apparently no one apreciates classic music around here! :mad:

pulseczar
November 21st 2005



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

get used to it, expect max 3 comments on a prog review that isn't from pink floyd/mars volta unless you do a lot of bumping and complaining.

Storm In A Teacup
November 21st 2005



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

... yeah, oh well. Everyones missing out on a great album anyways that they'll never learn of now.

Jawaharal
November 21st 2005



1832 Comments


kripes, you whore the hell out of your reviews
Typically good review too. Gets me vote.

Storm In A Teacup
November 21st 2005



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're right about that I'm afraid, I'll seriously attempt to try stop.

exojjl
November 21st 2005



30 Comments


hey, i like these guys alot to man. good review. This Message Edited On 11.21.05

LeviathanTheWicked
October 7th 2006



3 Comments


I recently purchased This Was, and I have to say the album rocks alot. Another classic by JT.

shindip
June 14th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A decent start for Jethro Tull, but some songs just come off as boring or pointless

boleyn2
October 30th 2011



83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've just listened to this for the first time and i must say it's much better than i'd expected; there's a slight difference between the debut and their later releases; this was is much more blues-oriented which i like a lot, especially that some songs remind me of john mayall and cream(whom i love); great songs, great feeling; ian's flute fits this material perfectly: it works there as good as in the folk-based formula that made them truly recognizable; although this was is not amongst jethro's best albums and it lacks an originality, still it's promising debut that needs more appreciation... also i dont agree that some songs come off as pointless

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2012



1846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Given the folky nature of most of this album's songs, few could predict the band going down a more progressive route in terms of music a few years later, and songs such as 'My sunday feeling' will prove this. Heavier moments like 'Cat's squirrel' aside, this album has more in common with the blues rock movement of the late 60s then it does with the 70's prog rock movement in the UK. A good debut though.

Digging: Black Anvil - Hail Death

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2012



19984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album.

NightmareCinema16
December 13th 2012



2016 Comments


OMG, JT you're on the right track!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2012



19984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am?

NightmareCinema16
December 13th 2012



2016 Comments


The avatar is awesome!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2012



19984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah, you like the hat. Thanks.

NightmareCinema16
December 13th 2012



2016 Comments


Yer welcome. Very suiting for the holidays,

manosg
March 19th 2013



5717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A good album, maybe a high 3. I like the fact that it showcases the band's bluesy side.



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