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Wond'ring Aloud: A Reflection on Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull is undoubtedly among the greatest progressive rock acts of all time, and these albums are the best representations of why.

Jordan Blum
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The 100 Best Classic Progressive Rock Songs: Part 3, 60-41

Welcome back, my friends to the show that never ends. It's the 100 best classic progressive rock songs.

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The 100 Best Classic Progressive Rock Songs: Part 2, 80-61

Welcome back, my friends to the show that never ends. It's the 100 best classic progressive rock songs.

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The 100 Best Classic Progressive Rock Songs: Part 1, 100-81

After gamely attempting to track the 25 best old-school progressive albums of all time, it's inevitable we turn our attention to the best songs of the genre.

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The 25 Best Classic Progressive Rock Albums

The purpose of this column has been to revisit, reassess and, above all, celebrate classic prog rock, so it’s inevitable we name names and select the best of the best.

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Reappraising Ian Anderson's 'Minstrel in the Gallery'

Minstrel in the Gallery seems as autobiographical as any Jethro Tull album, before or after, and there is a vulnerability and sensitivity that the songwriter was simply growing into.

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Jethro Tull - "Cold Wind to Valhalla (BBC Version)" (audio) (Premiere)

Hear an unreleased alternate take on the Minstrel in the Gallery cut "Cold Wind to Valhalla" in lead-up to that album's special edition 40th anniversary release, featuring new mixes by modern prog maestro Steven Wilson.

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Jethro Tull: Back to Basics (Sort Of)

After the back-to-back-to-back brilliance of their previous three albums, a letdown seemed inevitable; amazingly, Ian Anderson & Co. raised the bar, instead.

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Wond'ring Aloud: A Conversation with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

As the creative mastermind behind Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is often considered one of the most distinct musicians of the past 50 years.

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Ripe with Rich Attainments: Jethro Tull's 'A Passion Play', Reassessed

A Passion Play tends to draw the most resistance from even prog-rock aficionados; it obliges time and attention to let it work its charms.

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Jethro Tull, Bricks, Plays, and Flirting with D'Isaster

Jethro Tull is one of progressive rock's longest-running bands. But is it progressive rock? If not, Ian Anderson and Co. have some explaining to do when it comes to Thick as a Brick and Passion Play.

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The Holy Trinity: Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull have always confounded critics, and despite albums sales, hit songs, influence and longevity, it is above all the brain of frontman Ian Anderson that ensures they will remain forever on the outside, looking in.

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Like The Dude, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Abides

What we get with Jethro Tull Around the World Live, is visual and sonic documentation of a legend aging (mostly with grace) before our eyes.

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Still "Outside the Accepted Framework": An Interview with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

In 1972, Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" took ambitious prog rock to the top of the charts. Forty years on, frontman Ian Anderson means to do it all over again and discusses his plans with PopMatters.

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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson: Thick As a Brick 2

Ian Anderson, who has cycled through sidemen the way his more hedonistic compatriots once speed-dialed through dealers, has yet another cast of characters for this recording.

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Jethro Tull: Aqualung (40th Anniversary Special Edition)

Jethro Tull suffers if compared to the critically reviled acts of the progressive era, but in terms of their influence, longevity and versatility, they really are a unique entity in rock music.

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The 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time

Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.

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Jethro Tull: Stand Up (Expanded Collector's Edition)

There is still a blues sensibility driving most of this material, but Anderson—who clearly had ability and creativity to burn—is already showing signs of developing the multi-faceted approach he would bring to each successive effort.

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J.D. Salinger and Jethro Tull: The Coming of Age Story Soundtrack

I’m not certain if it says more about J.D. Salinger, Jethro Tull or me, that when I think of the ultimate coming-of-age treatise from the trenches, it’s not a novel but a trio of albums.

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Ian Anderson: 7 October 2009-Chicago, IL

My eyes widen as the band sets up, and I wonder which albums Anderson will draw from tonight.

Lisa Torem
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Jethro Tull: This Was (Collector’s Edition)

Jethro Tull’s essential, yet underrated 1968 debut finally gets the deluxe treatment it deserves in commemoration of its 40th anniversary.

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Jethro Tull: The Best of Acoustic Jethro Tull

You remember the song "Teen Angst" by Cracker? Well, does the world need yet ANOTHER Jethro Tull compilation?

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The platinum-wigged female string quartet has been conspicuously absent since 1974's Warchild tour, and the bassist who once sported a matching diagonal black and white striped suit and guitar has long since moved on.

Larry Rodman

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