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Jethro Tull - The String Quartets album review

Album Review

Sedate but captivating string treatments of Tull faves.

Since rapidly evolving from blues beginnings, Jethro Tull have often sported classical twists and flavours in their music, whether through Ian Anderson’s jazz-driven flute interludes, Martin Barre’s ornate guitar flights or baroque arrangements that cushioned their ensemble riffs. Tull first used a string section on 1972’s Thick As A Brick, then a string quartet on 1975’s Minstrel In The Gallery, so it seemed perfectly natural in 2004 when Anderson gave his music a classical rinse on Ian Anderson Plays The Orchestral Jethro Tull,a successful live album featuring the band with the Neue Philharmonic Frankfurt in Mannheim, Germany, arranged by keyboardist John O’Hara.

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