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.