Do you think that the biggest change in the musical style between two adjacent Tull albums was:
1)Going from THIS WAS to STAND UP or
2)From TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N' ROLL: TO YOUNG TO DIE to SONGS FROM THE WOOD or
3) From STORMWATCH to A or
4) Something else?
Musically, the biggest change for me was between This Was and Stand Up.
Not only did Tull have the enormous change of guitarist from Mick to Martin, but the change of style from a little old blues band to the beginning of rock superstardom. Those who witnessed it just knew they were in for a treat
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
In a different way, the change from APP to War Child was big...not the music, it was very same cloth as proven by Nightcap and the APP theater box...but in that limited moment of time, and after TAAB and APP...it was easy to imagine that Tull was and would continue to be producers of single song album epics...so when Bungle and Back Door Angels leaked out....3-6 minute 'songs' it seemed a huge change.
The biggest leap, I think, was not between albums, it was between everything that came before...a great band with multiple strengths: originality, intelligent lyrics, strong riffs and melodies...and then: MY GOD...the song that revealed what Tull could and would do...a band launched into the sui generis stratosphere from that moment on.