Jethro Tull is one of those groups for whom I resist the notion of a greatest hits collection, probably because they had two albums ("Thick as a Brick" and "Passion Play") which were created as unfieid works. Even on "Aqualung" there is more thematic unit than you usually find on Rock albums, even when you are dealing with Progressive Rock, so "Original Masters" strikes me as strange as listening to one movement from a Mozart symphony. This collection covers some of Jethro Tull's best work from 1969-1975, and I would certainly agree with everybody else who has commented that the lineup could certainly be better given what is available. I would have gone for "Bouree," "Wondering Aloud" and the Marcus Purdy sequence from "Passion Play" instead of "Sweet Dream," "Witches Promise" and "Life's A Long Song." Ask me again tomorrow and I will probably have a different answer.
So if you are already an Ian Anderson enthusiast, then "Original Masters" will give you an urge to go listen to your favorite Jethro Tull albums again. If you are familiar with Jethro Tull mainly from what few songs received heavy AM radio play, then these songs may well whet your appetite for the group's more ambitious music. Now, if somebody could just explain to me how we come to live in a world where the music from "Thick As A Brick" is used to sell cars? Apparently the executives who Okayed that ad do not remember what is in the gutter when your love is in the sink. Amazing. Just remember to go check out the albums.