Jethro Tull released their first LP “This Was” in the US on Feb. 3, 1969. The re…

Written by on February 3, 2018


Jethro Tull released their first LP “This Was” in the US on Feb. 3, 1969. The record was released in the UK in Oct. of 1968. The album was recorded at a cost of only £1200, and it is the only studio album by Tull to feature guitarist Mick Abrahams. The good reception of the album in the UK permitted the band to perform in the Marquee Club, where other successful British groups started their careers, such as the Rolling Stones and The Who.

“This Was” has the only Jethro Tull lead vocal not performed by Ian Anderson on a studio album, with Mick Abrahams providing the vocals on the track “Move on Alone”.

The song “Dharma for One”, a staple of Tull’s early concerts which usually incorporating an extended drum solo by Clive Bunker, was later covered by Ekseption, Pesky Gee! and The Ides of March.

The record received generally favorable reviews and sold well upon its release. New Musical Express wrote a positive review in 1968, saying that the album “sounds good and has a lot of humour about it”. About their style, the review said, “They play jazz really, in a soft, appealing way, and have a bit of fun on the side with tone patterns and singing”.

Funny, we never have thought of Jethro Tull as a jazz band….

Happy 49th Birthday to the LP “This Was”!! When is the last time you played something by Ian and the boys?




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