I discovered the greatness of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull the same way I discovered most of the classic rock artists played every day on i95 and that's through my older brother Marty. Marty is as big a Jethro Tull fan as there is. He's probably been to about 20 Tull concerts over the last three decades and a handful or so of Ian Anderson solo shows including those hosted by our friends at The Ridgefield Playhouse. When I was just a kid Marty and his buddies from St. I would see "Jethro Tull" written on my brother's book covers, he wore Jethro Tull concert t-shirts and had all his Jethro Tull albums propped up on display in front of the record player ready to be played at any time. The sound of the needle dropping on vinyl followed by the elegant piano opening of "Locomotive Breath" or the crunching guitar riff of "Aqualung" is permanently etched into my memory. On many weekends Marty would throw a party at our house on Berkley Ave. He and his buddies would watch a Bruins game while cranking out Tull albums on the stereo.
"A New Day Yesterday" (1969)
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The first Jethro Tull album was entitled This Was. The This Was album was released in From their debut album in until their final release in , Jethro Tull released twenty one studio albums. The band also issued nine live albums and fifteen compilation albums. Over the course of a thirty five year career, the band also released thirty three singles. Out Top 10 Jethro Tull songs list takes a look at the music the band released between and
Say what you will about Jethro Tull — and the British band has been the target of both acclaim and ridicule over the decades — but the bottom line is no other band sounds anything like them. The title track of Tull's first EP finds Ian Anderson at the peak of his poetic powers, contemplating life's everyday joys and travails before concluding, bitter-sweetly, that "the tune ends too soon for us all. The sinister words and melodies that introduce this early Tull single not only contradicted its seemingly upbeat title but taught fans they would be wise to always expect the unexpected from Anderson and his henchmen. And that they should expect boundless musical imagination, too, since 'Sweet Dream' requires barely four minutes to augment its catchy chorus with a fantastic, recurring classical score and galloping hard rock midsection that strikes out of the blue. One of Anderson's most memorable characters, bar none, this intriguing damsel made the song that bears her name an absolutely necessary inclusion in this list of the Top 10 Jethro Tull Songs. After all, the unmistakable 'Cross-Eyed Mary' wasn't just any other schoolgirl, innocently capturing 'Aqualung's' lecherous gaze in the park, but a precocious prostitute — the "Robin Hood of Highgate" — who much preferred turning tricks instead of cartwheels.
It includes some of the band's biggest hits from to the present day. Ian Anderson selected the tracks himself, approving edits necessary for timing purposes, e. All tracks are written by Ian Anderson , except where noted.