Jethro Tull Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Collectors Edition Of ‘This Was,’ the UK Rock Band’s 1968 Debut

April 7, 2008

Initially, Jethro Tull was a strange kind of blues band, mixing blues with folk and at times, hard rock. The group’s first line-up included Mick Abrahams, Glenn Cornick, Clive Bunker, and Ian Anderson. Band advisers tried and failed to persuade Anderson to give up the flute and let Abrahams do the singing, but it was Anderson’s electrifying stage presence and performance that elevated Jethro Tull above other blues rock bands of the time, bringing the band to the attention of the media and other influential music tastemakers.  

In the summer of 1968, Tull opened for Pink Floyd at the first Hyde Park Festival and later that year recorded and released This Was. The album reached #10 in the UK charts, partly thanks to significant airplay from BBC Radio DJ John Peel. It peaked at #62 in the US.  

In a career that now spans 40 years, Jethro Tull has sold more than 60 million albums around the world and has performed more than 2600 shows in over 40 countries. In recent years, the band has been featured by several hit TV shows, from “The Sopranos” (in which Tony Soprano sang a Tull song) to “Friends” and “Ugly Betty” (which recently name-checked the band).

In addition to releasing This Was (Collectors Edition), Jethro Tull is celebrating with 40th Anniversary tours of the UK and the US (confirmed US dates listed below).  Most performances of “An Evening With Jethro Tull” will feature a special guest, as Ian Anderson honors past band members, friends and local musicians.  For tour details and other updates, please visit http://www.jethrotull.com.

Jethro Tull: This Was (Collectors Edition) (2-CD & Digital Album)
DISC ONE (original mono mix + 1968 BBC Radio “Top Gear” recordings)
1. My Sunday Feeling
2. Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine
3. Beggars Farm
4. Move On Alone
5. Serenade To A Cuckoo
6. Dharma For One
7. It’s Breaking Me Up
8. Cat’s Squirrel
9. A Song For Jeffrey
10. Round

BBC SESSIONS
(John Peel “Top Gear” - recorded July 23, 1968; transmitted August 4 & September 22, 1968)
11. So Much Trouble
12. My Sunday Feeling
13 Serenade To A Cuckoo
14. Cat Squirrel  
15. A Song For Jeffrey
(John Peel “Top Gear”- recorded November 5, 1968; transmitted December 15, 1968)
16. Love Story
17. Stormy Monday
18. Beggers Farm
19. Dharma For One

DISC TWO (new stereo mix + rare early singles [mono])
1. My Sunday Feeling
2. Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine
3. Beggars Farm (4.19)
4 Move On Alone
5. Serenade To A Cuckoo
6. Dharma For One
7. It’s Breaking Me Up
8. Cat’s Squirrel (5.42)
9. A Song For Jeffrey (3.22)
10. Round (1.03)
11. Love Story
12. Christmas Song
1968 UK singles [mono]
13. Sunshine Day (A-side of single released February, 1968 - MGM)
14. One For John Gee (B-side of “Song For Jeffrey” single released September, 1968 - Island)
15. Love Story (A-side of single released November, 1968 - Island)
16. Christmas Song (B-side of “Love Story” single released November, 1968 - Island)

Confirmed U.S. tour dates: “An Evening With Jethro Tull”
AUGUST                       
3          Gilford, NH                    Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion       (with Peter Frampton)
4          Boston, MA                   Bank of America Pavilion
7          Bethlehem, PA               Bethlehem Musikfest                              
8          Philadelphia, PA             Mann Center for the Performing Arts        (with Peter Frampton)
9          Wantagh, NY                 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater                  (with Peter Frampton)
10        Uncasville, CT                Mohegan Sun Arena
12        Morrison, CO                Red Rocks Amphitheater
14        Valley Center, CA          Harrah's Rincon
17        Los Angeles, CA            Greek Theatre

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