"Sitting on a park bench, eyeing little girls with bad intent,
Snot is running down his nose, greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes.."
Classic lyrics, classic (and classical) melodies; this is what has made Jethro Tull a standout for over 30 years.
Ian Anderson is, of course, the driving force of Jethro Tull. But who was Jethro Tull, is it just a made-up name? A visit to World Book Encyclopedia shows:
Tull was born in Berkshire. He attended Oxford University and studied law at Gray's Inn in London. He traveled widely in Europe to observe agricultural practices. Tull described and illustrated his seed drill in his book Horse-Hoeing Husbandry (1731)."
So, it appears that even the name of the band is grounded in a classical education.
But on the other hand, this band can rock.
Did you know that Ian Anderson plays all of the instruments on Jack in the Green (on the Songs from the Wood album)? Pretty amazing, eh?
Some of Ian's greatest tunes are his mellow ones. Try out this clip from Minstrel in the Gallery; the song is Requiem
Here's a good clip from a later album, Catfish Rising. The song name is Rocks on the Road
Here's some favorite albums:
70's Music Home Page
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A complete history of the band
JT on DVD