Twelve months ago today, the 8th of March 2019, I arrived home to find 4 records on the doorstep with no note or anything to say who they were from. There were records by Jethro Tull, Blue Oyster Cult, Nils Lofgren and Edgar Winter. That’s a German reissue Thick As A Brick cover but curiously, the record inside was an original Reprise Records aussie pressing. One year on and I’m still none the wiser as to who left them there that day. LINK
Back in 1993 Chrysalis attempted a cunning plan to try and make Jethro Tull "trendy" by releasing seven "dubs" of Living in the Past, one record for the general public and one dj promo record for the clubs.
Chart-Chronology Jethro Tull bit.ly/3w7wMCH by Volker Dörken SINGLES AND ALBUMS – TOP 100 UNITED KINGDOM, USA AND GERMANY The complete pdf-file with all chart-entries and covers for all singles and albums can be found here: bit.ly/3w7wMCH Enjoy it!
My 45 collection. (Two equals a collection right?)
What can you tell me about them MD?
Summer Day Sand was issued by American Chrysalis in September 1975 and coupled with Minstrel in the Gallery.
The Living in the Past US single is a reissue and backed with Cross Eyed Mary and issued in 1972.
Thanks a lot. In both cases the buyers really got a great sampling of the music didn't they.. wow.
I remember playing Summer Day Sands enough times after I finally got it that my brother down the hall even commented on how good it was instead of the usual 'turn it off' ! These two 45s were part of the Tull section I bought out one day during a sale at a used record shop. That's where I picked up the 3 extra TAAB newspaper editions I showed recently that are a little grubby. The guy threw in the JT section divider as a bonus too
I looked through all the pages of your collection on this thread the other evening and I had no idea you had this much - it's more than amazing. I love that a person could have been growing up in many different countries and still hearing Tull!
The band gets their feet wet with their first recorded single, featuring two psychedelic blues originals.
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By now, you know the tale of Jethro Toe, the nomme de pied unknowingly bestowed upon the band by producer Derek Lawrence. (Talk about not starting off on the right foot.) Lawrence’s connections led to a five-year contract with MGM (purportedly), though it appears the band got the boot soon after. With a very limited release, copies of the single command a high asking price today, to the tune of about $1,000.
Putting their best foot forward (and, yes, I’ll stop doing that), Jethro Tull’s first single follows in the footsteps (I lied) of the psychedelic blues bands but with some of their idiosyncracies already in place, such as Ian Anderson’s vocals (which are here supported with harmony vocals from Mick Abrahams) and their clever arrangements. Had these two tracks found their way onto Living in the Past, they wouldn’t have sounded so out of place. Noticeably absent is the flute.
Sunshine Day, written by Abrahams, is overtly psychedelic, which is where a lot of progressive bands started out. The unusual bridge in the middle is a bold move, though it probably would have prevented the single from making any commercial inroads had it received a proper public relations push in the first place. Aeroplane is the stronger track in my opinion, if only because Ian’s voice is more prominent. Originally written while Anderson was a member of John Evan Smash and featuring Evan on various keyboard instruments, “Aeroplane” finds the band on surer footing. (Sorry.) Glenn Cornick gets a cowriting credit under the pseudonym of Len Barnard. Lots of name games on this little single.
I’ve read where “Aeroplane” is actually the version recorded by John Evan Smash with the original saxophone track removed. It’s very possible, as Lawrence had done some early recordings of that band a year earlier. Fortunately, if you don’t have an extra thousand dollars socked away (it’s a kind of sickness, really), you can hear these tracks on the expanded head-to-toe remaster of This Was.
Original 7-inch single version A1. Sunshine Day (Mick Abrahams) B1. Aeroplane (Len Barnard*/Ian Anderson)
“Len Barnard” is a pseudonym for Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick. (Thank you, Wikipedia.)
The Players Mick Abrahams (vocals, guitar), Ian Anderson (lead vocals), Clive Bunker (drums), Glenn Cornick (bass guitar), John Evan (organ). Produced by Derek Lawrence; engineered by Mike Ross.
The Plastic Released on 7-inch single in February 16, 1968 in the UK (MGM, MGM 1384).
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