Album Review: Jethro Tull – A (La Mode: The 40th Anniversary Edition)

Led by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull was among the most popular of so-called progressive rock groups of the 1970s. Its distinctive combination of British folk and hard rock textures scored the band worldwide success. And though the group’s lineup shifted constantly, stalwarts Anderson (vocals, flute, guitar) and lead guitarist Martin Barre were Jethro Tull’s creative

Full-on Fun: Guitarist Martin Barre’s Post-Jethro Tull World

Ask most people who the leader of Jethro Tull was, and they say, “Why, Mr. Tull, of course!” No, that’s Ian Anderson you’re thinking of. But the mainstay of that group alongside the flutist/singer was ace guitarist Martin Barre. On all but the first of the band’s twenty-plus albums, it’s Barre’s fretwork that you’ll hear.

Album Review: Jethro Tull – Minstrel in the Gallery, 40th Anniversary La Grande Edition

The latest example of Ian Anderson‘s ongoing twofold mission (to encourage a modern-day reconsideration of Jethro Tull‘s back catalog, and to provide be-all-and-end-all versions of those albums) continues with Minstrel in the Gallery: 40th Anniversary La Grande Edition. The 1975 album spawned only one single a-side release (the title track, briefly appearing at #79 on

Album Review: Jethro Tull – WarChild, 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition

Jethro Tull‘s 1974 album WarChild occupies a curious place in the band’s history. Their previous album, 1973’s A Passion Play, had been roundly shellacked by critics. That album certainly had its fans; it made #1 on the charts, though that might have been a coattail effect of their earlier albums. But by the time of

Album Review: Jethro Tull — A Passion Play: An Extended Performance

Unlike, say, Creedence Clearwater Revivial – or even The Beatles – Jethro Tull have rarely been anyone’s idea of a “singles group.” As the leading folk-prog group of the rock era, the Ian Anderson-led group released a steady line of albums, one a year from 1968-80. And many of those did spawn a single: seven

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: Looking to the Past, Living in the Present

Ian Anderson cuts a memorable figure in the history of rock’n’roll; when his name is mentioned, the image that comes immediately to the minds of rock fans is of Anderson standing on one leg, playing his flute. Or perhaps it’s the Jethro Tull leader leaping madly about the stage as he sings his songs about

Album Review: Jethro Tull – Aqualung 40th Anniversary Special Edition

A few weeks ago, Jethro Tull‘s highly regarded 1971 album Aqualung was released in a special 40th Anniversary package. But let’s be honest for a moment: this isn’t 1989 (by which time the CD format had completely taken over from vinyl) or 1993 (the year I finally broke down and bought a CD player). So

DVD Review: Jethro Tull – Live at Avo Session Basel

In his best-selling 2005 book Healthy Aging, Andrew Weil MD sets forth a compelling and ultimately convincing argument concerning the benefits of aging. Using the examples of wine, whiskey, cheese, beef, trees, violins and antiques, Weil argues that some things do in fact get better with age. As you might guess, once he’s discussed those

PFM Cooks Up a Pandemic-era Album

An edited version of this story appeared previously in Prog magazine. One of the most groundbreaking progressive groups of the 1970s, PFM is still making music of superb caliber today. Gathering safely in Milan’s White Studios during the pandemic, the musicians recorded I Dreamed of Electric Sheep (released October 22) as a group, while guest

The King’s Daughter: Shirley King (Part 1)

Being the daughter of a music legend brings with it great responsibility, especially if one chooses to follow a similar career path. And though her own journey is distinctly different from that of her father, Shirley King eventually settled into a life as a blues singer. And though her music is different from that of