Jethro Tull

Formed in 1967, Jethro Tull includes lead singer Ian Anderson, bassist Dave Pegg and keyboardist David ...
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williamx
10/23/2008

Jethro Tull 5

Jethro Tull were theatre. \jethro Tull were art. Ian Anderson was a man with something to say. They had some great albums many of which I include amongst my favotites. Yes! I see why they are not for everyone. Yes! I understand why some don't like Ian Anderson with his excentricities. Tastes differ. But I appreciated them. I remember a Sydney concert. They got seven standing ovations. All well deserved.

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Drummer1956
09/07/2008

Jethro Tull 5

The most diverse and unique band in rock history. The depth of their catalogue is nothing short of stunning!

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Pecka
07/01/2008

Jethro Tull 3

Decent and unique band with at bunch of memorable songs. Martin Barre is a solid guitar player but not among my favorites. Unfortunately they have way too much crap in their catalog so I can't rate them any higher than a three.

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Sander
05/08/2008

Jethro Tull 5

Top 5 best prog-rock group.Very nice guitarist...

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ILikePie
06/25/2007

Jethro Tull 5

Unique, talented and above all great fun. Martin Barre is an excellent guitarist, and if you can find a more wacky and energetic frontman than Ian Anderson I'd be very surprised. Who else put the flute into rock and roll? :P

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Limpin' Trenchfoot
01/23/2007

Jethro Tull 3

Inventive? no doubt about it. Unique sounding? most definitely. High quality musicanship? for sure. Unpredictable? pretty much. Do I like them? not particularly

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CanadaSucks
11/01/2006

Jethro Tull 4

A band that you don't hear about as much as you should. . .they managed to bring the flute into rock music. . .if you really listen you can hear how complex their music really is. . .and "locomotive breath" is a great tune. . .

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Kelticman
11/01/2006

Jethro Tull 5

One of my favourite bands; or should I say artistes - for Ian Anderson IS, to all intents and purposes, Jethro Tull. In fact, for years he was wrongly mistaken for being a man called Jethro Tull - yet, and perhaps ironically, without Anderson, there would be no Jethro Tull. How many bands can we say that about?

Born in Dunfermline, Fife Scotland, Anderson, spent his early childhood in Edinburgh, before moving (with his family) to Blackpool, England.

Self taught flautist, Anderson penned nearly all of Tull's material, recording fine albums in Aqualung,Thick As A Brick and Songs From The Wood, among others. Superbly confident and eloquent communicator, Anderson has a rapport with his audience that few rock musicians can match.

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aztec447
10/29/2006

Jethro Tull 5

Are you kidding? Tull was/is one of THE most important & influential bands in all of Rock...like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Cream. There was just about nothing that Tull couldn't do and do well, although they did go through many personnel changes over the years. Easily 5 Stars.

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mjhaag
07/01/2006

Jethro Tull 4

1968-1971 5 stars
1972-1976 3 stars
1977- present who cares

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Robert Wayne
01/04/2006

Jethro Tull 4

Tull is a great group deserving a higher rating than shown here. Recording great examples of Rock Celtic, Indian, pure Rock and Roll, Rockified Classical music and with Ian Anderson's great lyrics makes them hard to beat.

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oscargamblesfr o
12/01/2005

Jethro Tull 4

I love the first four albums , the a and b sides of non- album singles, etc, which display considerable musical growth and proficiency. After that, they were spotty. Very good live too. Little of their output is really hard rock or metal, though things like 'Locomotive Breath" or "A New Day Yesterday" come close to it. Early Jethro Tull was one of the best blues groups to come out of Britain, and the band was able to do, and do well, everything from jazz, folk, rock, quasi- psychedelia, and more. Unfortunately, they were significantly weaker after 1971,but at their peak they were great.

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Stop_at_Nothin g
10/24/2005

Jethro Tull 5

Who dares to rinse the mighty TULL????

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middlefinger
01/09/2005

Jethro Tull 5

Luv 'em!...AND...their music isn't the type that that hits you over the head!

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Djahuti
11/14/2004

Jethro Tull 4

I'd call them classic rock,not Heavy Metal,but they sure did jam,and they're STILL great to see live.Ian Anderson is incredible on the flute!!!

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Jackson DeGreene
03/11/2004

Jethro Tull 5

Ecclectic audio-visual virtuosity. I'ld say that pretty much sums it up. The Beethoven of Classic and Progressive Rock, but inappropriately listed on this site within the Heavy Metal category.

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chrisk1177
03/09/2004

Jethro Tull 1

Why can't I rate them a zero?

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BeanoCook
02/12/2004

Jethro Tull 5

A+.

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jaspirtaint
09/22/2003

Jethro Tull 3

Not Heavy metal OR hard rock in my opinion, but oh well

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Iván
07/07/2003

Jethro Tull 5

I Have all their albums and saw the twice, sadly they don't come more odten to South America. The guys are amazing, Ian is the best multi instrumentalist in history. sings, plays flute, guitar, keyboards, etc. The man is a genius.

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Kintail5
06/17/2003

Jethro Tull 5

I think Glen's comments below pretty much sum it up. I'll second his opinion and note that it's Jethro Tull's versatility that makes them worthy of a five-star rating. They offer something for just about everyone, and they're still going strong to boot. But if you're looking for just one style of music all of the time, for instance, hard rock and only hard rock, you might not think they're as good as I do. However, when these guys do rock, they rock as hard as anyone. The same holds for all their many styles. Great stuff, and well executed, too. These guys are consumate musicians, and Ian Anderson is probably the greatest lyricist in rock history. Enjoy them for the treasure that they are!

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Odd Ball
06/05/2003

Jethro Tull 5

One of the more interesting bands to come out of Rock. Brilliant musicianship & a plentitude of styles and instrumentation. Simply Wonderful stuff!

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GlenSheil
06/03/2003

Jethro Tull 5

Ecclectic audio-visual virtuosity: Most versatile band ever, with elements spanning Blues, British Folk, Classical, Jazz, Indian, Techno, and Middle Eastern -- all blended beautifully into an overall progressive rock format while also incorporating strong acoustical overtones throughout. Earlier works were more stylistic and publicly accessible than later works, whereas later works -- especially since mid-90s -- have been more ecclectic and integrative of their earlier musical explorations. Lyrical content is challengingly cerebral, poetic, and integrative of rather than complimentary to their complex musical compositions. This is especially evident in their more recent releases, the genesis of which, however, may also be found to lesser extents on their earlier recordings. Powerful vocal delivery during band's first 16 years has become more subdued from later years through present, largely due to lead singer's (Ian Anderson, band leader) brush with benign throat cancer. Also worth noting the band's impressive production and touring statistics (which belie the markedly shallow subjective content of the lower ratings offered on this site, i.e., claims that Tull has been "icky since the dawn of time," with no supporting evidence): Thirty-five years continuous production; as of 2003 world tour, more than 3,500 concerts performed (average one concert every 3.5 days); roughly 35 million tickets sold; multiple platinum and gold albums, with nearly 100 million copies sold -- and all this DESPITE limited to non-existent (in later years) popular radio play, various life-threatening illnesses, and amidst society's continued and disturbing preoccupation with youth culture. I believe history will treat Jethro Tull very well, much as it has various Classical and Jazz masters who, during their lifetimes, were publicly shunned or benignly overlooked by their contemporaries and critics. Further information on this outstanding and legendary band may be obtained at its website: http://www.jethrotull.com. Cheers.. GS

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frodo102
03/02/2003

Jethro Tull 3

they were different a group with a cult following

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primatesunite
02/22/2003

Jethro Tull 4

the best band almost know one knows

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ellajedlicka21
02/09/2003

Jethro Tull 5

Jethro Tull is a very good band. They are also one of the most cerebral. They were probably the only group that effectively utilized the flute into their music on a regular basis. There is also no mistaking the distinctive voice of Ian Anderson on Locomotive Breath, Aqualung, Bungle in the Jungle, Thick as a Brick, etc. They are often overlooked, but are a great band to listen to.

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Jason1972
10/22/2002

Jethro Tull 4

To thisday, I still ca't figure out how they beat Metallica as Best Heavy Metal Band in the '88 Grammies. Anyway, who would've ever thought a song could be capped off with a killer flute solo? Some of their stuff is wierd yes, but it was very inventive and the sound was very signature.

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e.tilbury
06/26/2002

Jethro Tull 1

at band camp....

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remona
02/13/2002

Jethro Tull 5

hey would be rated much higher if more of us 60's/70's music lovers were on this site. Ian Anderson is still wonderfull in his 50's

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rohanna
12/28/2001

Jethro Tull 5

Tull is an awesome band! Ian is truly amazing on the flute. I see them almost every time they come to town. Benefit is one of the all time greatest albums!

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TheMadcapLaugh s
07/09/2001

Jethro Tull 5

They are amazing and enduring, with so many albuns of great fame. There two track concept albums (Thick as a Brick) ect... are wonderful and it is nice to seem some varied instrumentation as well compared to the standard rock group.

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kiwi8577
07/04/2001

Jethro Tull 5

Fantastic band! Ian Anderson is a fantastic musician and song writer. And I wish I could play the flute like him!!! "Living In The Past" will always be one of my favorite songs of all time!!

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DenverTLC
06/22/2001

Jethro Tull 5

Amazingly cerebral crafting of lyric and rift. No wonder the pop/rock world didn't know quite what to make of them. In their earlier daze, Ian Anderson et.al. amazed with the power and grace of their stage presence. In the passing few, time and mileage have begun to claim their due, "too old to rock-and-roll... too young to die?" There are those who just don't get Tull - perhaps for whom "Thick As A Brick" was written.

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MileHiJP
06/13/2001

Jethro Tull 4

The most unique sound in rock n roll. Who would have thought to put a primo flutist to lead a rock group. Tull is a true classic.

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AngusYoung
06/10/2001

Jethro Tull 4

Jethro Tull has a different style from others!!

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Sonny Boy
05/21/2001

Jethro Tull 4

At the 1968 Newport Pop Festival at Devonshire Downs in California...a virtually unknown blues/rock band literally stole the show..."THIS WAS" Jethro Tull...also the name of their first album...a classic!!

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Gottarush
03/15/2001

Jethro Tull 5

This rating applies to the albums and concert performances for Jethro Tull of the last 60's and through the 70's. There was no better threatrical and musically proficient performance in Rock with the exception of perhaps Pink Floyd. Ian Anderson was a virtuoso, both on the flute and with voice. Sadly, Ians voice has gone due to throat problems, and the bands shows are a shadow of the grand performances of the past. While musically the shows still are performed at a high level Ian has trouble hitting the notes. Anyone who tells you otherwise, is either fooling themselves, or didn't see the shows back when.Simply compare his voice on Benefit and any cd put out in the 80's. The difference is obvious. The compositions of the new cds are not up to their first 7 or 8 releases.

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MEMSTERtheREMS TER
03/14/2001

Jethro Tull 4

this is another band i'd never really heard much from until i met my husband. the flute with hard rock is just too kool. i must say, i like their stuff from early 80's on back. one thing that's bugging me. i'm trying to figure out the name of a particular tull song that's not on any album we have. the chorus starts out, "hey man, what's the plan.." e-mail at [email protected] if you can help. I NEED TO OWN THAT SONG.

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crazy_byrd
02/24/2001

Jethro Tull 1

This band has been ICKY since the dawn of time.

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Barry R.S.
02/03/2001

Jethro Tull 4

I remember my sophmore year in college in ('89) I was totally hooked on Jethro Tull, especially the early stuff... This Was (1968) to Thick As A Brick (1972). I played those albums constantly and still do. I am not really as fond of their mid 70s, 80s and recent LPs due to changes in style and band personnel. However, they are definitely still worth seeing live. In '91 I had a chance to see Tull and they didn't dissapoint. I still have my photo pass & autographed ticket (signed by Ian). They deserve a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but the British Progressive rockers of the 70s are grossly under-represented, if represented at all at all.

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fisheyedfool
09/26/2000

Jethro Tull 4

Let me hear some of that electic flute, Ian. Jethro Tull was an English man who invented a tool to help plant seeds in the soil. Plant seeds is exactly what they did.

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s0an7500et
06/18/2000

Jethro Tull 5

Great group. Skating Away and Thick As A Brick are two of my all time favorites.

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neil2078ov
12/21/1999

Jethro Tull 5

Tull is my favorite rock group of all time. Ian Anderson, in my opinion, is a musical genius.

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