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Jethro Tull – Benefit (1970) (CD 1 of 3 Steven Wilson 2013 Remix)

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Benefit is the third studio album by the British rock band Jethro Tull, released in April 1970. Benefit incorporated studio techniques such as reverse recording (flute and piano tracks on “With You There to Help Me”), and manipulating the tape speed (guitar on “Play in Time”).

Ian Anderson said that Benefit was a “guitar riff” album, recorded in a year in which artists like Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin were becoming more riff-oriented. Anderson also noted that Benefit is “a rather dark and stark album and, although it has a few songs on it that are rather okay, I don’t think it has the breadth, variety or detail that Stand Up has. But it was an evolution in terms of the band playing as ‘a band.'” Overall, Anderson considered the album “a natural part of the group’s evolution”.

According to Martin Barre “To Cry You a Song” was a response to Blind Faith’s “Had to Cry Today”, “although you couldn’t compare the two; nothing was stolen … The riff crossed over the bar in a couple of places and Ian and I each played guitars on the backing tracks.

The UK and the US release are different: the US version (with flute) of “Teacher” was placed on side two of the album and the track “Alive and Well and Living In” was excluded. In the UK “Teacher” was the B-side of the non-album single “Witch’s Promise” and fluteless.

In 2013 The Collector’s Edition of Benefit was released. It contains bonus tracks mixed by Steven Wilson, a disc with mono and stereo mixes of rare and previously unreleased versions of tracks and singles and an audio-only DVD that includes a surround sound mix of the original album. The Collector’s Edition also includes a booklet featuring an 8,000-word essay written by Martin Webb, as well as interviews with band members and a selection of photos, some previously unseen.

Bruce Eder stated that: “Most of the songs on Benefit display pleasant, delectably folk-like melodies attached to downbeat, slightly gloomy, but dazzlingly complex lyrics, with Barre’s guitar adding enough wattage to keep the hard rock listeners very interested. ‘To Cry You a Song’, ‘Son’, and ‘For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me’ all defined Tull’s future sound: Barre’s amp cranked up to ten (especially on ‘Son’), coming in above Anderson’s acoustic strumming, a few unexpected changes in tempo, and Anderson spouting lyrics filled with dense, seemingly profound imagery and statements.” Record Collector reviewer, analysing the Collector’s Edition of 2013, praised the Steven Wilson remix and wrote: “Benefit forms the perfect bridge between the rolling, tumbling Tull of old and the tightly braided riffs and prickly lyrics presented by Aqualung.”


2013 A Collector’s Edition (3 Discs)
CD 1: Steven Wilson stereo remix of the album

  1. “With You There to Help Me” 6:20
  2. “Nothing to Say” 5:13
  3. “Alive and Well and Living In” 2:48
  4. “Son” 2:53
  5. “For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me” 3:49
  6. “To Cry You a Song” 6:16
  7. “A Time for Everything?” 2:45
  8. “Inside” 3:38″
  9. “Play in Time” 3:49
  10. “Sossity; You’re a Woman” 4:37
  11. “Singing All Day” 3:07
  12. “Sweet Dream” 4:03
  13. “17” 6:20
  14. “Teacher (UK Single Version)” 4:58
  15. “Teacher (US Album Version)”

[A personal note here. ‘For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me’ is amazing lyrically and surely is the only poem to address the subject matter; perhaps it was influenced by 2001: A Space Oddity. Look up Michael Collins if you don’t recognize the name. Or just read these lyrics:]

Watery eyes of the last sighing seconds
Blue reflections mute and dim
Beckon tearful child of wonder
To repentance of the sin
And the blind and lusty lovers
Of the great eternal lie
Go on believing nothing
Since something has to die
And the ape’s curiosity
Money power wins
And the yellow, soft mountains
Move under him
I’m with you L.E.M
Though it’s a shame that it had to be you
The mother ship
Is just a blip from your trip made for two
I’m with you boys
So please employ just a little extra care
It’s on my mind
I’m left behind when I should have been there
Walking with you
And the limp face hungry viewers
Fight to fasten with their eyes
Like the man hung from the trapeze
Whose fall will satisfy
And congratulate each other
On their rare and wondrous deed
That their begrudged money bought
To sow the monkey’s seed
And the yellow soft mountains
They grow very still
Witness as intrusion
The humanoid thrill
I’m with you L.E.M
Though it’s a shame that it had to be you
The mother ship
Is just a blip from my trip made for two
I’m with you boys
So please employ just a little extra care
It’s on my mind
I’m left behind when I should have been there
Walking with you
With you
With you

The mother ship is just a blip from your trip made for two

Jethro Tull – Heavy Horses & Associated Recordings (1978) [24-96]

Jethro Tull
Heavy Horses & Associated Recordings

Steven Wilson Stereo Remix & 1978 Stereo Flat Transfer
All tracks at 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution

Audio DVD Disc > DVD Audio Extractor v8.1.1 > FLAC > You

Heavy Horses is the eleventh studio album by British progressive rock band Jethro Tull, released on 10 April 1978. It is considered the second album in a trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull, the first and third being Songs from the Wood (1977) and Stormwatch (1979), although folk music’s influence is evident on a great number of Jethro Tull releases. The album abandons much of the folk lyrical content typical of the previous studio album in exchange for a more realist perspective on the changing world — the album is dedicated to the “indigenous working ponies and horses of Great Britain”. Likewise, the band sound is harder and tighter.

Notes from the contributor:

On previous occasions, I’ve flung quite a bit of Tull this way. With all these newly-empty pages in my Day-Timer, I went wandering though the stacks to see if there was something I’d missed.

So, here is some Hi-Res Heavy Horses. Probably the last Tull record I paid attention to in real time until the 20 Years box set… And since Heavy Horses has two horses on the cover, here are two versions from which to chose: Steven Wilson’s Stereo Remix and a Flat Transfer of the original 1978 mix. The quick take is that Wilson’s mix has a lot more thump and a much wider soundstage.

Please Note: The folder of Wilson’s remixes contains 18 tracks, while the 1978 Stereo folder only has 12 tracks (and one of the “Associated” tracks from ’78 is not available as a Wilson remix). That’s as things are on the audio DVD.


Jethro Tull – This Was (1968) 50th Anniversary Expanded Edition – (2018) (3CD) [16-44]

In June 1968, just before this album was recorded, Jethro Tull began a residency at London’s famed Marquee Club (where the ‘Stones and The Who also launched their careers). Band advisers failed to get Ian to give up the flute and let Mick do all the singing. The album was recorded without any record company contract presuming, correctly, that a deal could be made afterwards.

Track Listings:
Disc 1: (A Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
01 My Sunday Feeling
02 Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine For You
03 Beggar’s Farm
04 Move On Alone
05 Serenade To A Cuckoo
06 Dharma For One
07 It’s Breaking Me Up
08 Cat’s Squirrel
09 A Song For Jeffrey
10 Round
(Associated Recordings)
11 Love Story
12 A Christmas Song
13 Serenade To A Cuckoo (Take 1)
14 Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine For You (Faster Version)
15 Move On Alone (Flute Version)
16 Ultimate Confusion

Disc 2: (Live BBC Sessions From 1968)

  1. So Much Trouble
  2. My Feeling the Sunday
  3. Serenade the To A Cuckoo
  4. Cat’s Squirrel
  5. A Song For the Jeffrey
  6. Love Story
  7. Stormy on Monday
  8. Beggar’s Farm
  9. Dharma For the One
    (Original the Mono Mix)
  10. A Song For Jeffrey (Mono Single A Side)
  11. One For John Gee (Mono Single B Side)
  12. Someday The Sun Won’t Shine For You (Faster Version / Mono Mix)
  13. Love Story (Mono Single A Side)
  14. A Christmas Song (Mono Single B Side)
  15. Sunshine Day (Mono MGM Single A Side)
  16. Aeroplane (Mono MGM Single B Side)
  17. Blues For The 18th (Studio Outtake / The John Evens Smash)
  18. Love Story (1969 US Promo Single Stereo Mix for FM Radio Airplay)
  19. US FM Radio Spot # 1
  20. US FM Radio Spot # 2

Disc 3: (Original Stereo Mix)

  1. My Sunday Feeling
  2. Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine For You
  3. Beggar’s 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
    (2008 Remastered Version / Mono)
  11. My Sunday Feeling
  12. Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine For You
  13. Beggar’s Farm
  14. Move On Alone
  15. Serenade To A Cuckoo
  16. Dharma For One
  17. It’s Breaking Me Up
  18. Cat’s Squirrel
  19. A Song For Jeffrey
  20. Round

*Already posted the original release a bit ago. This has a lot of extras.


Jethro Tull – This Was (50th Anniversary Edition) (2018) [24-96]

A Steven Wilson Remastered Remix 24-96

Recorded during the summer of 1968, This Was is the only Jethro Tull album to feature guitarist Mick Abrahams, who left the group shortly after the album came out to form Blodwyn Pig. The title of the album refers to the band moving away from its early blues-based sound, which was referenced in the original liner notes: “This was how we were playing then – but things change, don’t they?”

The album includes songs that have been in and out of Jethro Tull’s live show for 50 years, like “My Sunday Feeling” and “Beggar’s Farm.” Also featured are several bonus tracks: “Love Story,” “A Christmas Song,” “Sunshine Day” and “Aeroplane.”

Track Listing:

  1. My Sunday Feeling (03:42)
  2. Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine For You (02:49)
  3. Beggar’s Farm (04:22)
  4. Move On Alone (01:59)
  5. Serenade To A Cuckoo (06:08)
  6. Dharma For One (04:15)
  7. It’s Breaking Me Up (05:03)
  8. Cat’s Squirrel (05:42)
  9. A Song For Jeffrey (03:21)
  10. Round (00:57)
  11. Love Story (03:03)
  12. A Christmas Song (03:08)
  13. Serenade To A Cuckoo (Take 1) (05:46)
  14. Some Day The Sun Won’t Shine For You (Faster Version) (02:36)
  15. Move On Alone (Flute Version) (02:00)
  16. Ultimate Confusion (02:55)


Recorded at Sound Techniques Studio, Chelsea, London
Thursday 13th June to Friday 23rd August (1968)

Jethro Tull – Live In Sweden FM (1969) [16-44]

Over the course of 1968, Jethro Tull went from nobodies to one of Britain’s hottest bands. At the end of the year, however, lead guitarist Mick Abrahams quit. With his replacement Martin Barre having only just joined, in January the band embarked on a brief Scandinavian visit in support of Jimi Hendrix.

Originally performed for broadcast on SVR2 radio, this superb show captures them at a crucial juncture, as they move away from blues and towards a more idiosyncratic style of their own.

• Incredible Performance
• Includes the entire SVR2 Radio Broadcast
• Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality

Track Listing: (Evening Show)

  1. My Sunday Feeling 5:29
  2. Martin’s Tune 11:29
  3. To Be Sad Is A Mad Way To Be 4:14
  4. Back To The Family 4:38
  5. Dharma For One 9:06
  6. Nothing Is Easy 13:27
  7. Song For Jeffrey 3:35


Ian Anderson – vocals, flute
Martin Barre – guitar
Glenn Cornick – bass
Clive Bunker – drums

Jethro Tull – Stand Up (The Elevated Edition) (1969) Steven Wilson Stereo Remix (2016) [24-96]

Stand Up is the second studio album by British rock band Jethro Tull, released in 1969. It was the first Jethro Tull album to feature guitarist Martin Barre, who would go on to become the band’s longtime guitarist until its initial dissolution in 2012. Before recording sessions for the album began, the band’s original guitarist Mick Abrahams departed the band as a result of musical differences with frontman and primary songwriter Ian Anderson; Abrahams wanted to stay with the blues rock sound of their 1968 debut, This Was, while Anderson wished to add other musical influences such as folk rock.

Stand Up represents the first album project on which Anderson was in full control of the music and lyrics. The result was an eclectic album with various styles and instrumentation appearing in its songs.

The album quickly went to No. 1 on the UK charts, further launching the band’s career, while the non-album single “Living in the Past” peaked at No. 3. The album was also Jethro Tull’s first success in the United States, reaching No. 20 on the Billboard 200.

Track Listing:

  1. A New Day Yesterday
  2. Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square
  3. Bouree
  4. Back To The Family
  5. Look Into The Sun
  6. Nothing Is Easy
  7. Fat Man
  8. We Used To Know
  9. Reasons For Waiting
  10. For A Thousand Mothers
  11. Living In The Past
  12. Driving Song
  13. Bouree (Morgan Version)

Film Footage Recorded January 9, 1969 – The Stockholm Konserthuset

  1. To Be Sad Is A Mad Way To Be (mono)
  2. Back To The Family (mono)


Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971) Steven Wilson Stereo Remix (2015) [24-96]

New 2015 Pressing Mastered from Steven Wilson’s 2011 40th Anniversary Stereo Mix

1971’s Aqualung to many is Jethro Tull’s masterpiece. The title track and “Locomotive Breath,” with their catchy riffs, would be joined by “My God,” “Cross-Eyed Mary,” and “Hymn 43” as classic rock staples. There’s no arguing with its commercial success, having sold more than seven million copies and continuing to outsell anything in Jethro Tull’s back catalog. Yet, Aqualung is arguably Tull’s most misunderstood album.

Critics dubbed it a concept album, particularly for Anderson’s critical, skeptical views of organized religion, mostly on side B (“My God”). Anderson has disputed, almost resented, the assessment seeing the record as “just a bunch of songs.” The labeling lead the band to really give the critics a concept album with the following studio release Thick as a Brick.

Aqualung has a dominant theme but is certainly much more than a concept album hinging on a solitary subject. Anderson explores the struggles of the less fortunate in our society (“Aqualung,” “Cross-Eyed Mary,” “Up to Me”), teenage angst and formal education difficulties (“Wind Up,” “Mother Goose”) and returns to his parental themes with “Cheap Day Return, a tune encompassing Anderson’s feelings while traveling to visit his sick father.

Aqualung is where Anderson really begins to develop his personal style for acoustical guitar songs with “Cheap Day Return,” “Mother Goose,” and “Slipstream.” It also established one of the most notable features of Jethro Tull’s music: songs varying with intensity, mixing medium to heavy electrical sounds with lighter acoustical passages.

This new 2015 vinyl edition of Jethro Tull’s 1971 masterwork, Aqualung was mastered from Steven Wilson’s 2011 40th Anniversary stereo mix and is pressed on 180g LP.

Jethro Tull Aqualung (Steven Wilson Mix)
Track Listing:

  1. Aqualung 6:35
  2. Cross-Eyed Mary 4:10
  3. Cheap Day Return 1:22
  4. Mother Goose 3:53
  5. Wond’ring Aloud 1:53
  6. Up To Me 3:14
  7. My God 7:11
  8. Hymn 43 3:18
  9. Slipstream 1:13
  10. Locomotive Breath 4:41
  11. Wind-Up 6:01


Ian Anderson – vocals, acoustic guitar, flute
Clive Bunker – drums and percussion
Martin Barre – electric guitar, descant recorder
John Evan – piano, organ, mellotron
Jeffrey Hammond (as “Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond”) – bass guitar, alto recorder and odd voices (and backing vocals on “Mother Goose”)
Glenn Cornick – bass guitar (played with the band at rehearsals for the album in June 1970, some of which may also have been recording sessions – especially in the early versions of “My God” and “Wondring Again/Wondring Aloud” – although he is not credited on the album)

Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick (1972) (2012) Steven Wilson Stereo Remix [24-96]

In 1972, Ian Anderson wrote and recorded the Jethro Tull Progressive Rock classic album Thick As A Brick . The lyrics were credited at the time to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age. The record instantly became a number one Billboard Chart album and enjoyed considerable success in many countries of the world.

Jethro Tull’s classic 1972 concept album ‘Thick As A Brick’ is being reissued to commemorate it’s 40th anniversary with Steve Wilson stereo mix.

Track Listing:

  1. Really Don’t Mind/See There A Son Is Born 5:00
  2. The Poet And The Painter 5:30
  3. What Do You Do When the Old Man’s Gone?/From the Upper Class 5:25
  4. You Curl Your Toes in Fun/Childhood Heroes/Stabs Instrumental 6:49
  5. See There a Man Is Born/Clear White Circles 5:59
  6. Legends and Believe in the Day 6:35
  7. Tales of Your Life 5:24
  8. Childhood Heroes Reprise 3 3:01


Jethro Tull – Benefit (1970) (2015) Steve Wilson Stereo Remix [24-96]

Digitally remastered and remixed by Steven Wilson. Mostly recorded in December 1969 and January 1970, Benefit was the band’s first album to feature keyboards – played by the band’s old school chum John Evan. Evan completed the third Tull line-up when he joined Anderson, Barre, Bunker, and Cornick. John Evan joined on a temporary basis for an eight month tour and stayed for over 10 years! John’s classical training and stage presence would be central to Tull’s 1970’s personna.

2013 Stereo Remix/2015 Steven Wilson Stereo Reaster

Track Listing:

  1. With You There to Help Me 6:19
  2. Nothing To Say 5:22
  3. Alive And Well And Living In 2:46
  4. Son 2:53
  5. For Michael Collins, Jeffrey And Me 3:51
  6. To Cry You A Song 6:14
  7. A Time For Everything 2:45
  8. Inside 3:51
  9. Play In Time 3:55
  10. Sossity You ‘re A Woman 4:37
  11. Singing All Day 3:07
  12. Sweet Dream 4:05
  13. 17 6:20
  14. Teacher (UK Stereo version) 4:57
  15. Teacher (US Stereo version) 4:04


10 thoughts on “Jethro Tull

  1. Bufford T Justice

    Jethro Tull – Stand Up (The Elevated Edition) (1969) Steven Wilson Stereo Remix (2016) [24-96]
    Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971) Steven Wilson Stereo Remix (2015) [24-96]
    Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick (1972) (2012) Steven Wilson Stereo Remix [24-96]

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    1. Ike

      Big sister brought home “Stand Up” one day, first I’d heard of these guys (my sister had just gotten her first job and was making “real money”, prolly $20/week take home 🙂 and the new albums started to really flow into the house from that point onwards). Dad had lost control of the turntable for the first time 🙂 We were rollin’!!! 😉

      Nothing is easy, though time gets you worrying, my friend, it’s o.k.
      Just take your life easy and stop all that hurrying, be happy my way.
      When tension starts mounting and you’ve lost count of the pennies you’ve missed,
      Just try hard and see why they’re not worrying me, they’re last on my list.
      Nothing’s easy.
      Nothing is easy, you’ll find that the squeeze won’t turn out so bad.
      Your fingers may freeze, worse things happen at sea, there’s good times to be had.
      So if you’re alone and you’re down to the bone, just give us a play.
      You’ll smile in a while and discover that I’ll get you happy my way.
      Nothing’s easy.

      🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Astro

    Re: ‘For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me’

    Astronaut Collins passed away about a month ago. He was a real neat guy. Check out his biography “Carrying the Fire”, a truly interesting perspective on what it’s like to actually be an astronaut from a man who had a fantastic sense of perspective and humor.

    Thanks for these uploads.

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