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Jethro Tull - what happened?
I'm still a huge Jethro Tull fan. I can't understand how one of the biggest English rock bands of the 70's completely fell off the map so quickly. I understand their style changed in the 80's, but many millenials (and even younger) are well versed in music from 67-82. Yet when you mention Jethro Tull, they have no idea what you are talking about.

How is it that JT's hits have not survived the test of time, unlike other hits from the same era?


AlxTgr
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I hear them a lot on XM. Even some non-hits on Deep Tracks. BTW, MU is probably my favorite Greatest Hits ever,


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LarryDavid
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Ian Anderson still has a net worth of more than 100 million. Last I heard from him was in the 80s when I saw something about him buying an island.

I remember how pissed he got about the fidelity of music when it went from albums to cassette and then on to original crappy mp3 files. He wanted people to hear more of the music instead of less. He seemed to really start to lose interest at that point, but is a very smart person and obviously a great businessman to keep accumulating money like he has.

Saw him in concert in Nashville. It was just him. They searched every single person going in. Right before the show, a guy went running on the main floor. A bunch of cops were chasing him. The lights went out before they caught him and everyone went extra wild cheering the start of the show.

Ian came out by himself and played for about an hour and a half alone, then the band joined him for another hour and a half. Amazing show. Super talented in so many ways.


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by himself and played for about an hour and a half alone, then the band joined him for another hour and a half.
damn


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Stan Switek
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Yes, MU is a fantastic greatest hits. The second volume Repeat is a nice accompaniment.

Pandora has been playing a lot of tracks off of Stand Up lately, such an underrated group of songs (especially We Used to Know and Look Into the Sun).


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CSATiger
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re: Jethro Tull - what happened?
back in 06 i saw tull in concert at the strand theater in shreveport


Telecaster
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re: Jethro Tull - what happened?
Classic rock fatigue. I find them a difficult listen these days.

I saw them when they were touring supporting 'A Passion Play' in 1973. There was a telephone prop on a stool that finally rang after being front and center the entire show. When Anderson answered it, he looked to the audience and said "It's for you".

Martin Barre is a great guitarist.


Galactic Inquisitor
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If you haven't yet, try to get your hands on some of the 5.1 mixes that Steven Wilson has been doing of the Jethro Tull catalog.


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TigerBR1111
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A Tull fan since the early’70s.
Unfortunately Anderson’s voice is shot now. Saw him at the Fox Theater in Atlanta a few years ago and he had a screen behind him with a young guy singing while Anderson played the flute and mimed.
It was bizarre and very disappointing. Felt like a ripoff. Came close to walking out on the show. A lot of people did.
This post was edited on 11/18 at 1:16 pm


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Possumslayer
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Declined an invitation to Woodstock.


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SFVtiger
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I saw them when they were touring supporting 'A Passion Play' in 1973.


ditto

ditto re: Barre, too.


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14&Counting
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re: Jethro Tull - what happened?
quote:

How is it that JT's hits have not survived the test of time, unlike other hits from the same era?


The flute didn't stand the test of time


chity
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re: Jethro Tull - what happened?
They played at LSU in early 70s.


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FearlessFreep
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re: Jethro Tull - what happened?
They went heavy metal in 1989. Never been the same since.


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Johnnie10lb
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re: Jethro Tull - what happened?
There songs and sound have stood the test of time to people who understand good music.


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Tackle74
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re: Jethro Tull - what happened?
Great Tatiana pic as your avatar, fricking love Jinjer


The Boat
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re: Jethro Tull - what happened?
Thick as a brick is an amazing album


14&Counting
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Great Tatiana pic as your avatar, fricking love Jinjer





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Tigris
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re: Jethro Tull - what happened?
"Thick as a brick is an amazing album"

It is, the lyrics are pretty timeless.

"And the sandcastle virtues are all swept away
In the tidal destruction the moral melee
The elastic retreat rings the close of play
As the last wave uncovers the newfangled way"

1971 - Aqualung
1972 - Thick as a Brick
1973 - A Passion Play

A Passion Play is one that didn't really do it for me in the 70's, but I really got into it a couple of years ago. Great stuff.


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