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DISC & MUSIC ECHO
18 April 1970
JETHRO LEAPS — BUT NOT QUITE SO HIGH
JETHRO TULL — Benefit — (Chrysalis)
This album doesn't advance by such a drastic leap as Stand Up did from This Was. It's more like the Jethro Tull we've seen and heard for the past year. It seems to be a remarkably long album, and shows what an exciting group this is. Exciting because they can have quite long guitar breaks and still retain a very tight and together sound.
Martin Barre on lead guitar features well and more prominently, and Ian Anderson's breathy flute seems to have receded rather. All songs are by Ian and in places the lyrics are very weak — really cringing rhymes. There's the usual dedication to Ian's friend, Jeffrey, and one for his wife Jennie — 'Alive And Well And Living In.'
Thanks to Mike Wain for this article