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This Was

This Was

12 May 2008
4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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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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Format: Audio CD
This April 2008 40th Anniversary 2CD COLLECTOR'S EDITION of Jethro Tull's explosive 1968 debut album has been a long time coming - but the wait has been so worth it. Sound-wise this peach is simply off the charts good and as a reissue has breathed new life into a long forgotten and largely dismissed album. I suspect that even people who don't like Tull (and they are derided in certain circles) will enjoy this and be duly impressed. There's a lot on here, so here's a detailed breakdown first...

DISC 1 (71:28 minutes):
1. My Sunday Feeling
2. Someday The Sun Won’t Shine
3. Beggar’s Farm
4. Move On Alone
5. Serenade To A Cuckoo
6. Dharma For One [Side 2]
7. It’s Breaking Me Up
8. Cat’s Squirrel
9. A Song For Jeffrey
10. Round
Tracks 1 to 10 are the MONO VERSION of the album "This Was" released 25 October 1968 in the UK on Island ILP 985. February 1969 saw the album released in the USA on Reprise RS 6336 but in Stereo only - the Stereo mix is on Disc 2.
BONUS TRACKS:
11. So Much Trouble
12. My Sunday Feeling
13. Serenade To A Cuckoo
14. Cat’s Squirrel
15. A Song For Jeffrey
Tracks 11 to 15 are live-in-the-studio recordings made for John Peel's "Top Gear" Radio program on BBC 1, recorded 23 July 1968 in London (broadcast August & September 1968)
16. Love Story
17. Stormy Monday
18. Beggar’s Farm
19. Dharma For One
Tracks 16 to 19 are more live-in-the-studio recordings as per 11 to 15...
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This was the first Tull album and it is not bad (despite the fact that several state it as being their worst). Hints of what was to come can be heard on songs like "My Sunday Feeling", and "Cat's Squirrel" was the highlight of their set in the earliest days. However, the mix of blues based and more straight ahead rock numbers is a little uneasy (and there were plenty of better blues bands around) giving the album a certain lack of coherence. A reasonable first step, however.

This is the only album not to feature guitarist Martin Barre (it has original guitarist Mick Abrahams).
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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 Og Oggilby TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2015
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
'This Was' was the evergreen J Tull's debut album, from back in 1968, when the world was much different to today. It's unlike anything that the band would go on to record, it being more Bluesy in feel and content. No doubt some of this was down to the presence of guitarist Mick Abrahams, who was replaced by Martin Barre for 'Stand Up', the next album, and has been the band's guitar incumbent ever since. I'm reviewing the album from the reissued vinyl edition, and it must be said that Universal have done the record proud. It sounds refreshed, vivid and engaging, much as it did way back when. Ian Anderson is in great musical form, offering up a cool take on his hero Rahsaan Roland Kirk's 'Serenade To A Cuckoo', and Abrahams own 'Move On Alone', with his jangling nine-string guitar is an unexpected treat. He gets to stretch out on the mighty rave-up Cat's Squirrel, but it's Anderson who ultimately shines, with his breathy flute interludes and his jazzy vocal phrasing - 'My Sunday Feeling' fairly springs from the speakers, and in this newly-tooled / remixed mode sounds as gutsy as ever. As I said, it isn't like anything else they'd do, but it is a wonderful, unique record. And I Love it.
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