I’m go­ing back to the ones that I know / With whom I can be what I want to be… This is the open­ing num­ber of Jethro Tull’s 1970 al­bum Ben­e­fit. I don’t know if it’s ab­so­lute­ly the album’s high­light, but it’s a fine song.

Jethro Tull live

I sup­pose most few read­ers are young enough to have known about Tull in their prime. They re­al­ly were the com­plete pack­age: Great songs, pol­ished mu­si­cian­ship, and they put on a hell of a show. There were a lot of dif­fer­ent mem­bers over the years, but the sound was al­ways built around the charis­ma and throaty singing of Ian An­der­son and the taste­ful and force­ful gui­tar of Martin Bar­re. Al­so, while this mat­ters to few, their songs usu­al­ly had some­thing to say, some­thing worth lis­ten­ing to; they were hu­man­ist­s.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. As for live video, this one has ec­cen­tric  —  well, let’s be hon­est, drug­gy  —  camera work, but it’s a clean, sharp per­for­mance. This one has bet­ter vi­su­als (and if you haven’t seen Tull footage be­fore, you should take a look) but lousy sound.

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