With the charismatic flautist Ian Anderson as frontman Jethro Tull are are still an exception in the rock scene. After quite bluesy Bluesy beginnings in the founding phase around 1968, when Jethro Tull was formed from the John Evan Band and McGregor's Engine, they quickly developed into an original progressive rock band that moved naturally between classical influences, folk and hard rock. Since their first performance at London's Marquee Club, they have produced 30 studio and live albums that have sold 60 million copies worldwide. Jethro Tull toured 54 countries around the world and are still considered the only rock band to feature a flute as a style defining element. After Thick As A Brick, the 1970 album Benefit is now released in the Collector's Edition with additional rare tracks, single versions and radio recordings
After Jethro Tull pulled off three U.S. tours in 1969 that were ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Clive Bunker, Glenn Cornick and John Evan went into the studio with producer Terry Ellis in December 1969 and January 1970 to record their third album, Benefit, which was rockier than ever. It reached #3 in the UK and #7 in the US, and took Jethro Tull to the Isle of Wight festival, where the band performed to more than half a million people. John Evans, who was listed as a guest musician on the recordings, remained in the band as a permanent member, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond , who was already playing on some songs, took over as bassist from 1971
Jethro Tull's 1970 classic "Benefit" is celebrated in a brand new 4CD/2DVD set featuring remixes by Steven Wilson and a wealth of previously unreleased material, packaged in a luxurious hardcover book that includes 100 pages of commentary from numerous contributors as well as tons of images of the band making and performing their first million-selling album. "Benefit (The 50th Anniversary Enhanced Edition)" will be released on November 5.
"Benefit (The 50th Anniversary Enhanced Edition)" contains a large amount of enhanced material, building on the remixes by Steven Wilson from 2013. CD3 features a previously unreleased Steven Wilson remix of a 1970 Jethro Tull performance at Tanglewood, and CD4 also includes a remastered version of a 1970 Aragon Ballroom concert in mono. The 100-page book in the elegant hardcover packaging includes an essay by Martin Webb that expands on the booklet notes from 2013's "A Collector's Edition." Interviews with then band members Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Glenn Cornick and Clive Bunker follow, as well as thoughts from Robin Black (studio engineer on "Benefit" and many other Jethro Tull albums), Terry Ellis (executive producer of "Benefit"), Joshua White, who ran the 1970 Tanglewood Festival featured on DVD2, and Steven Wilson, who explains the mixing of "Benefit" in 2013. The many anecdotes are surrounded by a variety of pictures of the band and memorabilia from the era.
Highlights include: - The original album and accompanying recordings were remixed by Steven Wilson. - Additional recordings, including mono and stereo mixes of various A and B sides - "Live At Tanglewood" concert from 1970, new stereo remix by Steven Wilson - "Live At The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago 1970" concert in mono - DVD with Steven Wilson's remix of the 2013 album, 5 additional tracks in DTS and Dolby 5.1 surround and stereo 96 / 24 LPCM - Flat transfers of the original UK+US LP master in LPCM - Additional tracks "Sweet Dream", "17" & "The Witch's Promise" - The "Fillmore at Tanglewood Concert" from 1970 on video with Steven Wilson's 2020 Audio-Remix in Stereo and 5.1 Surround
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