March The Mad Scientist – Jethro Tull – 20 Years Of Jethro Tull

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For reading convenience, please open the reader comments section in a parallel browser window. Jethro Tull were once an amazingly good British band that used to suffer from just one single terrible problem – overproductivity. God – hear that ye rabid fans? As much as I despise hardcore Tull fans – my experience has led me to the sad conviction that Jethro Tull tends to attract the kind of people that were rabid Hitler lovers in their previous incarnation – I have to admit one thing: Jethro Tull are really like no-one else. God he doesn’t know about the existence of this site!

The sales gradually declined, too, and the number of fans gradually decreased. Although, truthfully, their latest release is surprisingly good. Unless I was just too tired of endlessly bashing late period Tull albums, of course. It’s very hard to get a good line-up going here, ‘cos Ian kept hiring and firing people at his own will, until this became just some sorta maniac thing in the eighties.

Benefit sessions, and officially joined the group next year. A fantastic keyboard player: his Bach-like piano was a wonderful acquisition for the band. In 1971 Cornick quit, replaced on base by Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond – the “ultimate” base player, in my opinion, sometimes sounds better than John Entwistle! So the line-up of 1971 was the most professional one – maybe that’s why Aqualung sounds so great. In 1972 Bunker quit, replaced on drums by Barriemore Barlow. This line-up was the longest, still, it lasted only till 1975.