Jethro Tull - This Was boxed set.

Jethro Tull.

This Was.


By Paul Davies.

This was the studio album that started this now legendary and much loved British blues, rock, prog and folk band on their long and prosperous journey of memorable recordings and theatrical live performances.

The only album recorded with original guitarist Mick Abrahams, the title reflected the group's desire to shuffle away from their blues-based sound towards a more adventurous musical landscape. 

However, captured here in aspic is a solid, chugging British blues band blasting a booming sound playing songs some of which remained in their live canon for years to come.

Anderson's pied-piper flute blowing on A Song For Jeffrey spawned a unique signature sound that became synonymous with Tull's flute rock oeuvre. My Sunday Feeling stills rocks along with its avalanche riffs creating a big boulder of noise.

The real treasures unearthed and dusted down here are the extra discs containing all the BBC radio session recordings of the album, 4 previously unreleased associated recordings, and a DVD of the original album and bonus tracks re-mixed by the ubiquitous and studio tanned Steven Wilson.

Paul Davies