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

As Jethro Tull celebrates 40 years of worldwide rock superstardom, Capitol/EMI is pleased to announce the June 10 2-CD and digital release of a remastered and expanded Collectors Edition of the British band’s 1968 debut album, This Was. The release presents, for the first time on CD, the album’s original mono mix as well as a new stereo mix of the album. Also featured are nine related 1968 recordings for John Peel’s BBC Radio program, “Top Gear,” plus four rare 1968 UK singles: “Sunshine Day,” “Song For John Gee,” “Love Story” and “Christmas Song.” The commemorative package includes 35 tracks in all, as well as package notes and anecdotes from Jethro Tull’s members.
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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

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

(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”
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