29 Songs, 2 Hours 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jethro Tull’s third album, 1970’s Benefit, zoned away from blues and into the classic Jethro Tull sound. This 2013 collectors' edition features newly mixed tracks by acclaimed producer Steven Wilson, all approved by Tull leader Ian Anderson, and an abundance of alternate tracks and mixes. From the first notes of “With You There to Help Me”—where one hears Ian Anderson’s flute and Martin Barre’s electric guitar working in tandem to achieve a multilayered sound that blends hard rock with English folk—it’s apparent that Tull has hit on an unusual and individual sound that would serve as a blueprint for albums such as Aqualung and Thick as a Brick. The songs are sequenced as on the British LP, with “Teacher” appended with the U.S. and U.K. mixes. Rare tracks and singles from the Benefit era are added to give a better sense of the times and the group’s progression. Pianist John Evan was still considered a guest, but he makes his presence heartily felt.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jethro Tull’s third album, 1970’s Benefit, zoned away from blues and into the classic Jethro Tull sound. This 2013 collectors' edition features newly mixed tracks by acclaimed producer Steven Wilson, all approved by Tull leader Ian Anderson, and an abundance of alternate tracks and mixes. From the first notes of “With You There to Help Me”—where one hears Ian Anderson’s flute and Martin Barre’s electric guitar working in tandem to achieve a multilayered sound that blends hard rock with English folk—it’s apparent that Tull has hit on an unusual and individual sound that would serve as a blueprint for albums such as Aqualung and Thick as a Brick. The songs are sequenced as on the British LP, with “Teacher” appended with the U.S. and U.K. mixes. Rare tracks and singles from the Benefit era are added to give a better sense of the times and the group’s progression. Pianist John Evan was still considered a guest, but he makes his presence heartily felt.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Reckia6 ,

Classic Tull

I really like this album. It doesn’t have the sense of humor that Stand Up has and the songs are more complex and not as hard hitting, but this is still a great album. My three favorite songs (at the moment) are Nothing To Say, Inside and Teacher....and for a fourth I would go with Sossity. Nothing To Say is one of the most emotional and sad songs that Tull ever made and I especially love the vocal melody during the verses. Great song! There a few songs I have never really liked, Son and Alive & Well And Living In and parts of For Michael Collins, Jeffery and Me.

My favorite thing about this two CD set is the liner notes, especially when all four band members give their opinions about each song. It’s nice to hear from Ian’s band mates for once!

Great album. Yep!

Rick E Lake ,

The Golden Age Of Jethro Tull - Album One

For those of us who are long-time Tull fans - "Benefit" was the album and " Teacher" the track that imbedded Jethro Tull into our consciousness. Steve Wilson's careful remastering gives this masterpiece a new openness and spatial quality without doing any damage to the overall sound that makes it so great.

For those just getting into Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull - although Benefit was preceded by other works - it was the album where the band finalized their rock sound. It's a MUST HAVE in every collection.

And Steve Wilson - if you're reading this: PLEASE get to "Minstrel" and " Too Old" next! - Thanks!

Beowulf1955 ,

Another masterful remix!

Steven Wilson masters another Jethro Tull classic! I purchased and listened to many remastered albums and I must claim that Steven Wilson is a master at remastering! Both Benefit and Aqualung are fantastic……one can tell that Steven painstakingly recreates what these tracks must of sounded like when recording in the studio….and brings new life to them and expertly knows how to master digitally. Listen to both remastered LPs and see how it can be accomplished digitally! Great work Steven!

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