Jethro Tull notched their sixth gold record in 1975 with their eighth studio album, Minstrel in the Gallery. Its elaborate production is reminiscent of the band's classic 1972 album, Thick As a Brick, and its songs rock as hard as anything in the band's massive catalog.
The capo is to guitars what sugar — or Stevia, if you prefer — is to food. It makes everything sweeter. Musicians started noticing the capo's inherent song-sweetening properties sometime in the early 17th century, when primitive versions of the handy accessory were employed to raise the pitch of a host of fretted instruments.
Today, Guitar World checks in with Jethro Tull and tracks down what we feel are the legendary British band's 10 greatest guitar moments. As always, our list digs deep into the band's six-string artistry (a staggering amount of which was provided by the great Martin Barre and, of course, Ian Anderson), while taking historical importance and other factors into account.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).
Last year, Ian Anderson took Jethro Tull on tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Aqualung, one of the sacred stones of classic rock. This year, not only is he revisiting another of his crown jewels — 1972’s Thick As A Brick — he’s cut a feature-length sequel and will spend the next year or more putting it on the road.
Following the recent announcement of a 19-date tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Thick As A Brick, on April 3, Ian Anderson will release a sequel to the original Jethro Tull album. In 1972, Anderson wrote and recorded Thick As A Brick with Jethro Tull. At the time, the lyrics were credited to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age. So, 40 years later, what would Bostock -– who'd be 50 in 2012 -– be doing today?
The 2012 list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees includes Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces (and Faces), Donovan, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd -- a few others. That's nice for them, of course -- but who else seriously deserves to be inducted into the Hall?