This Was [50th Anniversary Edition]

This Was [50th Anniversary Edition]

by Jethro TullJethro Tull

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Overview

Jethro Tull was very much a blues band on their debut album, vaguely reminiscent of the Graham Bond Organization only more cohesive, and with greater commercial sense. The revelations about the group's roots on This Was -- which was recorded during the summer of 1968 -- can be astonishing, even 30 years after the fact. Original lead guitarist Mick Abrahams contributed to the songwriting and the singing, and his presence as a serious bluesman is felt throughout, often for the better: "Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You," an Ian Anderson original that could just as easily be credited to Big Bill Broonzy or Robert Johnson; "Cat's Squirrel," Abrahams' big showcase, where he ventures into Eric Clapton territory; and "It's Breaking Me Up," which also features some pretty hot guitar from Abrahams. Roland Kirk's "Serenade to a Cuckoo" (the first song Anderson learned to play on flute), their jazziest track ever, is one of the best parts of the album. The drum solo on "Dharma for One" now seems like a mistake, but is understandable in the context of the time in which it was done. The one number here that everybody knows, "A Song for Jeffrey," almost pales amid these surroundings, but at the time it was a superb example of commercial psychedelic blues. This would be the last album of its kind by the group, as Abrahams' departure and the lure of more fertile inspiration tugged them toward English folk music. Curiously, the audio mix here is better than that on their second album, with a much stronger, harder group sound overall. In late 2001, This Was was reissued in a remastered edition with much crisper sound and three bonus tracks. The jazzy improvisation "One for John Gee" (a reference to the manager of the Marquee Club), the folky "Love Story" (which marked the end of Mick Abrahams' tenure with the group), and the novelty piece "Christmas Song" have all been heard before but, more to the point, they're worth hearing again, especially in the fidelity they have here.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2018
Label: Wb / Parlophone
UPC: 0190295611484
catalogNumber: 574621
Rank: 7728

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. My Sunday Feeling
  2. Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You [Take
  3. Beggar's Farm
  4. Move on Alone
  5. Serenade to a Cuckoo
  6. Dharma for One
  7. It's Breaking Me Up
  8. Cat's Squirrel
  9. A Song for Jeffrey
  10. Round
  11. Love Story
  12. A Christmas Song
  13. Serenade to a Cuckoo
  14. Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You [Steven Wilson St
  15. Move On Alone [Versi
  16. Ultimate Confusion

Disc 2

  1. So Much Trouble
  2. My Sunday Feeling
  3. Serenade to a Cuckoo
  4. Cat's Squirrel
  5. A Song for Jeffrey
  6. Love Story
  7. Stormy Monday
  8. Beggar's Farm
  9. Dharma for One
  10. A Song for Jeffrey
  11. One for John Gee
  12. Someday the Sun Won't Shine For You [Original Mono Mix
  13. Love Story
  14. A Christmas Song
  15. Sunshine Day
  16. Aeroplane
  17. Blues for the 18th
  18. Love Story
  19. US FM Radio Spot No. 1
  20. US FM Radio Spot No. 2

Disc 3

  1. My Sunday Feeling
  2. Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You
  3. Beggar's Farm
  4. Move on Alone
  5. Serenade to a Cuckoo
  6. Dharma for One
  7. It's Breaking Me Up
  8. Cat's Squirrel
  9. A Song for Jeffrey
  10. Round
  11. My Sunday Feeling
  12. Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You
  13. Beggar's Farm
  14. Move on Alone
  15. Serenade to a Cuckoo
  16. Dharma for One
  17. It's Breaking Me Up
  18. Cat's Squirrel
  19. A Song for Jeffrey
  20. Round

Disc 4

  1. My Sunday Feeling [Steven Wilson 4.1 Surround Sound Mix in DTS and Dolb
  2. Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You [Steven Wilson 4.1 Surround Sound
  3. Beggar's Farm [Steven Wilson 4.1 Surround Sound Mix in DTS and Dolby Di
  4. Move On Alone [Steven Wilson 4.1 Surround Sound Mix in DTS and Dolby Di
  5. Serenade to a Cuckoo [Steven Wilson 4.1 Surround Sound Mix in DTS and D
  6. Dharma for One [Steven Wilson 4.1 Surround Sound Mix in DTS and Dolby D
  7. It's Breaking Me Up [Steven Wilson 4.1 Surround Sound Mix in DTS and Do
  8. Cat's Squirrel [Steven Wilson 4.1 Surround Sound Mix in DTS and Dolby D
  9. A Song for Jeffrey [Steven Wilson 4.1 Surround Sound Mix in DTS and Dolby
  10. Round
  11. Love Story [Steven Wilson 5. Surround Sound Mix in DTS and Dolby Digita
  12. A Christmas Song [Steven Wilson 5.1 Surround Sound Mix in DTS and Dolby D
  13. My Sunday Feeling
  14. Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You
  15. Beggar's Farm
  16. Move on Alone
  17. Serenade to a Cuckoo
  18. Dharma for One
  19. It's Breaking Me Up
  20. Cat's Squirrel
  21. A Song for Jeffrey
  22. Round
  23. Love Story
  24. A Christmas Song
  25. Serenade to a Cuckoo
  26. Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You [Steven Wilson St
  27. Move on Alone
  28. Ultimate Confusion
  29. My Sunday Feeling
  30. Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You
  31. Beggar's Farm
  32. Move on Alone
  33. Serenade to a Cuckoo
  34. Dharma for One
  35. It's Breaking Me Up
  36. Cat's Squirrel
  37. A Song for Jeffrey
  38. Round

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jethro Tull   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ian Anderson   Composer
Jethro Tull   Liner Notes
Mick Abrahams   Arranger,Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Clive Bunker   Composer
Glenn Cornick   Composer
Derek Lawrence   Producer
R. Shulman   Mastering Assembly,Authoring
Allen Harris   Engineer
Bernie Andrews   Producer
John Evans' Smash   Engineer
Clive Anderson   Composer
Phil Smee   Artwork
Steven Wilson   Remixing
Bob Conduct   Engineer
Martin Webb   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
Traditional   Composer
Len Barnard   Composer
Terry Ellis   Composer
Dave Tate   Engineer
Don Needham   Liner Notes
Roland Kirk   Composer

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