Benefit – Jethro Tull

My favorite Jethro Tull recording which never gets old for me is their third album, Benefit. I consider this collection of songs their greatest studio recording. My rationale is based upon the diversity of the mix of music, the recording techniques chosen at the time (speeding up the tape on “Play In Time” for example) and the addition of John Evan on keyboards.

I saw the Benefit tour in 1970 at the Capitol Theater in Portchester, NY. I liked the nucleus of musicians and how at ease they all seemed that evening. Little did I realize that the bass player Glenn Cornick was growing disenchanted with the group and would leave by years end to form his own band, Wild Turkey.

Musicians on Benefit were:

Ian Anderson – flute, acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
Martin Barre – electric and acoustic guitars
Clive Bunker – percussion
Glenn Cornick – bass guitar
John Evan – piano, Hammond organ

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