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Jethro Tull: Benefit [Bonus Tracks]

Track List

>With You There to Help Me
>Nothing to Say
>Alive and Well and Living In
>For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me
>To Cry You a Song
>Time for Everything?, A
>Play in Time
>Sossity; You're a Woman
>Singing All Day
>Sweet Dream
>Teacher [UK Single Version]
>Teacher [US Album Version]

Album Reviews:

Q (11/01, p.139) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...A steady consolidation of its predecessor....File not alongside Yes or ELP but Fairport Convention and The Crazy World OF Arthur Brown..."

Album Notes

Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson (vocals, flute); Martin Barre (electric guitar); John Evans (keyboards); Glenn Cornick (bass); Clive Bunker (drums).

Additional personnel: John Evan (piano, organ).

Producer: Ian Anderson.

Reissue producers: Jo Brooks, Nigel Reeve.

Principally recorded at Morgan Studios, London, England. Includes liner notes by Ian Anderson.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Audio Remixer: Steven Wilson.

Liner Note Author: Martin Webb.

Photographer: Wolfgang Heilemann.

Tull's third album finds them pulling definitively away from their blues-rock beginnings and heading towards the folk-influenced prog-rock that would become their trademark. It captures a brief, crucial moment in the band's life. They hadn't yet adopted the complex, medieval-oriented approach of their most famous works, but they had progressed enough to record some of Ian Anderson's most unpretentious, personal and affecting songs. Instead of courtly prog-rock or Cream-ish electric blues, BENEFIT is full of visceral, electrified folk-rock. The light, acoustic-flavored "With You There to Help Me" and "Inside" are full of thoughtful passion. The harder-edged "To Cry You a Song" and "Teacher" are examples of Tull's ever-present way with a hooky riff. For those distrustful of fancy time signatures and complex song suites, a strong case could be made for BENEFIT as Tull's most satisfying effort.


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