Benefit [Deluxe Edition] [2CD/1DVD]

Benefit [Deluxe Edition] [2CD/1DVD]

by Jethro Tull
     
 

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Benefit was the album on which the Jethro Tull sound solidified around folk music, abandoning blues entirely. Beginning with the opening number "With You There to Help Me," Anderson adopts his now-familiar, slightly mournful folk singer/sage persona, with a rather sardonic outlook on life and the world; his acoustic guitar carries the

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Benefit was the album on which the Jethro Tull sound solidified around folk music, abandoning blues entirely. Beginning with the opening number "With You There to Help Me," Anderson adopts his now-familiar, slightly mournful folk singer/sage persona, with a rather sardonic outlook on life and the world; his acoustic guitar carries the melody, joined by Martin Barre's electric instrument for the crescendos. This would be the model for much of the material on Aqualung and especially Thick as a Brick, although the acoustic/electric pairing would be executed more effectively on those albums. Here the acoustic and electric instruments are merged somewhat better than they were on Stand Up (on which it sometimes seemed like Barre's solos were being played in a wholly different venue), and as needed, the electric guitars carry the melodies better than on previous albums. Most of the songs on Benefit display pleasant, delectably folk-like melodies attached to downbeat, slightly gloomy, but dazzlingly complex lyrics, with Barre's guitar adding enough wattage to keep the hard rock listeners very interested. "To Cry You a Song," "Son," and "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me" all defined Tull's future sound: Barre's amp cranked up to ten (especially on "Son"), coming in above Anderson's acoustic strumming, a few unexpected changes in tempo, and Anderson spouting lyrics filled with dense, seemingly profound imagery and statements. As on Stand Up, the group was still officially a quartet, with future member John Evan (whose John Evans Band had become the nucleus of Jethro Tull two years before) appearing as a guest on keyboards; his classical training proved essential to the expanding of the group's sound on the three albums to come. Benefit was reissued in a remastered edition with bonus tracks at the end of 2001, which greatly improved the clarity of the playing and the richness of the sound; the four additional tracks are "Singing All Day," "Witch's Promise," the elegant, gossamer-textured "Just Trying to Be," and the original UK mix of "Teacher." Written and recorded prior to Benefit, they're all lighter in mood than the material from the original album, adding some greater variety but fitting in perfectly on a stylistic level. [A two-CD/one-DVD set was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
Label:
Rhino / Parlophone
UPC:
0825646413270
catalogNumber:
537449
Rank:
4517

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. With You There to Help Me
  2. Nothing to Say
  3. Alive and Well and Living In
  4. Son
  5. For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me
  6. To Cry You a Song
  7. A Time for Everything
  8. Inside
  9. Play in Time
  10. Sossity; You're a Woman
  11. Singing All Day
  12. Sweet Dream
  13. 17
  14. Teacher
  15. Teacher

Disc 2

  1. Singing All Day
  2. Sweet Dream
  3. 17
  4. Sweet Dream
  5. 17
  6. The Witch's Promise
  7. Teacher
  8. Teacher
  9. The Witch's Promise
  10. Teacher
  11. Teacher
  12. Inside
  13. Alive And Well And Living In
  14. A Time for Everything
  15. Benefit AM Radio Spot #1
  16. Benefit FM Radio Spot #2

Disc 3

  1. With You There To Help Me
  2. Nothing To Say
  3. Alive And Well And Living In
  4. Son
  5. For Michael Collins, Jeffrey And Me
  6. To Cry You A Song
  7. A Time For Everything
  8. Inside
  9. Play In Time
  10. Sossity; You're a Woman
  11. Singing All Day
  12. Sweet Dream
  13. 17
  14. Teacher
  15. Teacher
  16. [Bonus Material]
  17. Nothing to Say
  18. Alive and Well and Living in
  19. Son
  20. For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me
  21. To Cry You a Song
  22. A Time for Everything
  23. Inside
  24. Play in Time
  25. Sossity You're a Woman
  26. Singing All Day
  27. Sweet Dream
  28. 17
  29. Teacher
  30. Teacher
  31. With You There to Help Me (2013 Stereo Mix)
  32. Nothing to Say
  33. Alive and Well and Living In
  34. Son
  35. For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me
  36. To Cry You a Song
  37. A Time for Everything
  38. Inside
  39. Play in Time
  40. Sossity You're a Woman
  41. Singing All Day
  42. Sweet Dream
  43. 17
  44. Teacher (UK Single Version/2013 Stereo Mix]
  45. Teacher (US SIngle Version/2013 Stereo Mix]
  46. With You There To Help Me
  47. Nothing To Say
  48. Alive And Well And Living In
  49. Son
  50. For Michael Collins, Jeffrey And Me
  51. To Cry You A Song
  52. A Time For Everything
  53. Inside
  54. Play In Time
  55. Sossity You're A Woman
  56. Sweet Dream
  57. 17
  58. Witches Promise

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jethro Tull   Primary Artist
Martin Barre   Guitar
Clive Bunker   Drums
Glenn Cornick   Bass,Hammond Organ
John Evan   Organ,Piano,Mellotron
Ian Anderson   Flute,Guitar,Piano,Balalaika,Hammond Organ,Vocals,12-string Guitar

Technical Credits

Ian Anderson   Composer,Producer
Martin Barre   Track Annotations
Robin Black   Engineer
Clive Bunker   Track Annotations
Glenn Cornick   Track Annotations
Andy Johns   Engineer
Ruan O'Lochlainn   Cover Design
David Palmer   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Steven Wilson   Liner Notes
Martin Webb   Interviewer,Photo Assistance,Sleeve Notes
Ian Pickavance   Tape Research
Terry Ellis   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Cover Design
Don Needham   Interviewer,Annotation
Alan Gillett   Artwork
Ian Anderson   Composer,Producer,Track Annotations
Helen Owens   Marketing

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