“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
For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me
To Cry You a Song
A Time For Everything
Play in Time
Sossity, You’re a Woman
Alive and Well and Living In
April 1970 - Billboard Charted #11