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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Jan. 2002)
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Emd/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B00005UMTF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Williams on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Everybody knows that Tull started off as a blues band. This wasn't exactly an original thing to be in 1968 and, indeed, by the time of the album's release the band's sound had moved on, hence the title 'This Was'. As a blues band, Jethro Tull were OK - a sight better than the dreary likes of Chicken Shack, Ten Years After or Savoy Brown. 'Beggar's Farm' is a most effective song and the opening track 'My Sunday Feeling' even had a spate as a Northern Soul dance floor filler after I played it to a DJ friend. Despite the incomprehensible lyrics, 'Song For Jeffrey' is also excellent and notable for some tasty slide work by Mick Abrahams. Other songs are standard blues fare or overlong instrumentals; not bad overall but far from great. The additional tracks are welcome. 'One For John Gee' isn't very good but sure is hard to come by. 'Love Story', the band's last recording with Mick Abrahams, is already in a very different style to 'This Was' while 'Christmas Song', a more-or-less solo performance from Ian Anderson was indicative of a new folkier direction.
I have to say something about the packaging of these new remasters: 4/10 to Chrysalis for a total lack of effort. Sure, they're not as bad as the old CDs (which were simply shabby beyond belief) but they're still not good - indifferent front artwork, no photos, press cuttings or lyrics and only skeletal notes (though penned by Ian Anderson which is good).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MR K J DOWNING on 16 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
'It's okay' would be a fitting summary of this album. 'My Sunday Feeling' and 'A Song For Jeffery' are the stand-outs here, and the rest chugs along nicely through various instrumentals and blues numbers. A good listen but Jethro Tull were soon to improve dramatically on this with 'Stand Up' and 'Aqualung'.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
So here it is, the place where the 30 year+andstill going journey began, and if the group decided to re shoot the album cover today, it'd look much the same without the make up! 'This Was' is Jethro Tulls first album, but even here their distinctive sound is apparent. The album is note-worthy also for being the only one in Tulls' vast back catalogue not featuring Martin Barre on guitar, he only joined for the second album,(Stand Up), and here his space is filled by Mick Abrahams, who left the band shortly after this album to form Blodwyn Pig and has seldom been seen since! The album is more Blues tinged than any Tull album since,(Abrahams influence?), Tracks like 'Someday the sun won't shine for you' and 'my sunday feeling' being the more obvious cases. Also missing from most tracks is Andersons trademark flute playing, here largely replaced by the more blues appropriate harmonica. The most 'Tull-like' track here is 'Song for Jeffrey', which still remains a Tull classic, and was the shape of things to come.Anderson also shares song writing duties on this album, which he has seldom done since. All in all a good album, which launched my favourite band into world before I was born, but 33 years on they're still at it, so something must be right eh?
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By edinburghmac on 31 Mar. 2015
Format: Vinyl
It was actually listening to the vinyl reissue of Aqualung as part of the 40th anniversary box set that got me back into listening to vinyl - the remix of this and new pressing had so much more presence and vibrancy than my old '80's Chrysalis blue label version. I've never actually owned This Was on vinyl before so it was a joy to be able to put the needle down and listen to this as it was intended. I can't comment on how it sounds compared to previous vinyl versions but considering the quality of the original recordings it comes over really well. The vinyl is a good heavy weight and comes in a vinyl lined paper sleeve with a replica green Chrysalis label - I'm not sure why they couldn't replicate the original pink eye Island label it was released on in 1968 rather than copy the 1973 reissue, but I grew up with the Chrysalis green labels so it still feels quite authentic to me. I didn't actually get this from Amazon but from my local HMV which was just as well as my first copy had an unfortunate deep scratch on Beggar's Farm but my second copy was perfect with no obvious surface noise, which unfortunately can't be said of many reissues these days.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kibble on 21 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Like many other bands of the time, Tull rose from the blues movement, (where else with Mick Abrahams on board), but even in those early days it was not Tulls way to just toe the line. While their predecessors (cream etc) were now blazing trails on the psychedelic rock scene, much of the material on this debut album fused blues, rock and jazz to great effect.

This set the pattern for all early Tull releases, always innovative, keeping one step in front of the competition.

The inclusion of 4 instrumentals may be considered a bit excessive by some but think on 2 or 3 years to the likes of Vann der graaf generator and co, who I often thought suffered from terminal laryngitis, and it could equally be argued HOW forward thinking they were, anyway they're all good numbers.

Favourite tracks are 'Beggar's farm' and 'My sunday feeling' but everything on here oozes life and energy and above all quality.

If you've been put off by what you've heard from other blues bands, do yourself a favour and try this, its a lesson on how to play the blues with style.
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