Jethro Tull - Benefit

Jethro Tull: Benefit

Album #92 - April 1970

Episode date - October 24, 2018

The Top 500 of The Top 40
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    “Benefit” captures Jethro Tull at a midpoint between their debut as a blues-rock based group and their eventual status as a leader of the progressive movement.

    As such, it contains elements from both styles, with an emphasis on well-constructed guitar-based compositions. It was the group’s third album, and also the record that helped to establish a firm reputation for the band in America. Their second album, “Stand Up,” reached #1 in the UK, thus providing the impetus to tour America, where they were received warmly. This established the base audience for “Benefit,” which became their best-selling album to date in the US.

    Although the subject matter is often dark, the music propels the songs with a driving edge that fit in quite well with the guitar-driven sounds of the era. “Benefit” benefits from some of Anderson’s most succinct songs yet, featuring a healthy dose of memorable riffs that help to keep the album somewhat ageless.

    Featured tracks include;

    With You There to Help Me

    Nothing to Say

    Inside

    Son

    For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me 

    To Cry You a Song

    A Time For Everything

    Teacher

    Play in Time

    Sossity, You’re a Woman

    Alive and Well and Living In

    April 1970 -  Billboard Charted #11

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