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I cut my Tull teeth on Benefit, then went back and bought That Was and Stand Up. I really wasn't aware at the time that it was their 3rd album. What sealed it for me that they were a great band was their appearance on American Bandstand in June of '69 I think it was, could have been June of '70. They did play Teacher and followed with Witches Promise. The young audience did not know what to make of them, even Dick Clark was a bit flustered. I got a good laugh out of it


BansheeUK wrote:

Jethro Tull - Benefit (50th Anniversary Enhanced Edition) 2021

Why does everybody say “tricky 2nd album”, when more often than not it’s the 3rd one that’s the lynch-pin to future success?

Very much the case here, 2nd album Stand Up was a complete right turn stylistically from opening statement That Was…; and of course Aqualung was a quantum leap for Tull, so poor old Benefit gets shamefully overlooked.

Shame, as it saw Martin Barre really settling in to the lead guitarist role and the inclusion of John Evan on keys which really beefed up the sound. Maybe it’s because the two best known tracks from this “era” The Witch’s Promise and Teacher weren’t included on the album (though Teacher replaced Alive & Well & Living In on the US album release; though Inside was a single release. (Tull had to play a canny game with single releases, to get the air-play but not sound like “sell-outs”.) In between though there are some great tracks such as; With You There To Help Me and Nothing To Say, as good as anything Anderson has ever written.

In among the associated tracks, there are some gems, Singing All Day not included; the mighty Sweet Dream, 17 (sounding very much like T-Rex to my ear) and seeming countless versions of Teacher & Witch’s Promise

The “Live” Cds/DVDs include remixed 1970 concerts from Tanglewood and a mono sourced mix from Chicago, both feature early takes on My God which appeared on the next studio album, Aqualung as well as teasers as to what became the intro for Locomotive Breath in John Evan's Beethoven noodlings.

To sum up, to dismiss this album as a mere filler in almost criminal; in among the road-weariness, it shows clearly the foundations for what was to become Aqualung, just take the time to listen.

I remember pi R Squared in math class ............. wait, I know for sure Junior Sample told Grandpa "Pie are round, Cornbread are square"

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Many thanks for this, I have not listened to much of the new release yet. I see where you loaded Pain & Sorrow on the Utube from 11/19 at Springfield MA. At least I assume that is you, I am going to go listen to it now

reo l wrote:

Milam Palmo · Robben Ford  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfaPfRg0fwk

I remember pi R Squared in math class ............. wait, I know for sure Junior Sample told Grandpa "Pie are round, Cornbread are square"

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BansheeUK wrote:

Mark Pontin - Kaleidoscope (2021)

Mark’s 3rd album, (1st on Lunaria Records) and 6 years in the making, a mere blink of the eye in certain Scandinavian countries, and Wow! it’s a treat worth the waiting for.

Bookended between the shimmering Sunrise and Phoenix, though the latter does build to a Moorish-flavoured crescendo, Mark really explores a rich sonic pallet for the ears: much like a kaleidoscope changes at the slightest turn.. To my ear, most of this, like the album cover, seems to nod to around 1973, with Don’t Sleep reminding me of an album from back then, Rockin’ With Curly Leads. While Starmaker has a big, lazy, dirty riff, from somewhere between Robin Trower and the last glory days of Glam-rock.

Have to love the self-effacement of This Will Never Be A Hit, a slightly funky number that Glenn Hughes would have sung in his sleep, should have credited it to “Eddy” Sheeran, and watch the cheques fly through the door… Also love the ambitious, baroque string intro to Roll With Me Baby and sublime ballad. And then, with a deft flick, we get the barnstorming Forever, with an aftertaste of REO Speedwagon. Hotel Diablo is a funky little segue to Hell’s Kitchen.

Waiting is another ballad, strong input from Ayesha (“her indoors”) that is a really strong number as are both versions of Everything; Today and Tomorrow that top and tail the album.

Very early/mid 1970s flavoured, but not the frenetic takes such as JD Simo produce; much more kicked-back, but some very tasty, strong numbers.


I liked this artist very much and thanks for the shout.  Bought his first album which rocks, but Kaleidoscope grows on you fast.
Really like the tone and the songs are refreshing to my ears.

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Song with No Words  · David Crosby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNwFItm … mp;index=7

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reo l wrote:

Josué    ‘Llorona’  (The Voice Kids Colombia 2021)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SyfA6FLa7g - !!!

sporadically returning to some of my posts here - none of this kids had even won ... what... #3 was nailing it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m8-EzqSHgo

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https://youtu.be/dGeAT5gS7pM

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Sue Foley's "Pinky's Blues" - one of my favorite traditional blues albums of the year. It's fantastic.
https://open.spotify.com/album/7g9Y9Wfx … nI_JJwa41g

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this is fairly amazing and I have not heard him before. My son knew him and gave me this. He transitions through 18 songs in just over 11 minutes, then adds his own solo at the end

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH47XVqZboY

I remember pi R Squared in math class ............. wait, I know for sure Junior Sample told Grandpa "Pie are round, Cornbread are square"

Re: What song are you listening to right now?

I have always been an early Genesis fan, and as a very poor guitarist myself have much admired the work of Steve Hackett. He is putting out some great shows now in England and elsewhere. I know, Nad's vocals are not quite as good as Peter and Phil's, but they are good enough for remakes. Endeavor to see them if you get the chance, you won't regret it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpN8kwNGly0

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ahsmith33 wrote:

I have always been an early Genesis fan, and as a very poor guitarist myself have much admired the work of Steve Hackett. He is putting out some great shows now in England and elsewhere. I know, Nad's vocals are not quite as good as Peter and Phil's, but they are good enough for remakes. Endeavor to see them if you get the chance, you won't regret it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpN8kwNGly0

I do endeavour to see them every chance I get and I don't regret it. My only concert of 2021 was Steve Hackett in October on the Seconds Out tour. Tomorrow I shall essay to buy tickets for his 2022 Foxtrot @ 50 tour smile

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You know, I would much rather see his band than Genesis on their Last Domino tour with Phil in a wheelchair. He will be coming to the states next year but these are rescheduled concerts due to Covid. The closest he gets to me is Atlanta GA in April at the Variety Playhouse. That venue sucks, I would never go back there ever again to see anybody

NickSlikk2112 wrote:
ahsmith33 wrote:

I have always been an early Genesis fan, and as a very poor guitarist myself have much admired the work of Steve Hackett. He is putting out some great shows now in England and elsewhere. I know, Nad's vocals are not quite as good as Peter and Phil's, but they are good enough for remakes. Endeavor to see them if you get the chance, you won't regret it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpN8kwNGly0

I do endeavour to see them every chance I get and I don't regret it. My only concert of 2021 was Steve Hackett in October on the Seconds Out tour. Tomorrow I shall essay to buy tickets for his 2022 Foxtrot @ 50 tour smile

I remember pi R Squared in math class ............. wait, I know for sure Junior Sample told Grandpa "Pie are round, Cornbread are square"

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ahsmith33 wrote:

You know, I would much rather see his band than Genesis on their Last Domino tour with Phil in a wheelchair. He will be coming to the states next year but these are rescheduled concerts due to Covid. The closest he gets to me is Atlanta GA in April at the Variety Playhouse. That venue sucks, I would never go back there ever again to see anybody

NickSlikk2112 wrote:
ahsmith33 wrote:

I have always been an early Genesis fan, and as a very poor guitarist myself have much admired the work of Steve Hackett. He is putting out some great shows now in England and elsewhere. I know, Nad's vocals are not quite as good as Peter and Phil's, but they are good enough for remakes. Endeavor to see them if you get the chance, you won't regret it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpN8kwNGly0

I do endeavour to see them every chance I get and I don't regret it. My only concert of 2021 was Steve Hackett in October on the Seconds Out tour. Tomorrow I shall essay to buy tickets for his 2022 Foxtrot @ 50 tour smile

It's funny, I don't particularly care for Genesis, except when Mr Hackett is revisiting it. I managed to get front row tickets at Sheffield City Hall for next year smile

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I first saw a vid of Eric playing with Marcus King and was impressed. He has a new one coming out soon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4NaZDN8cog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToRFdZTguRo

I remember pi R Squared in math class ............. wait, I know for sure Junior Sample told Grandpa "Pie are round, Cornbread are square"

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pretty good recording here from his early days. I was able to see Robin on Procul's Broken Barricades tour in the early 70s, just tremendous with Brooker on piano and vocals ................ RIP James Dewar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj8cMKqy2LY

I remember pi R Squared in math class ............. wait, I know for sure Junior Sample told Grandpa "Pie are round, Cornbread are square"

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I did not know it was already out but had seen the short promo for the barn rebuild. He had said it has near perfect acoustics, he should know

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZOq0XU … eDDA4EWKbb

I remember pi R Squared in math class ............. wait, I know for sure Junior Sample told Grandpa "Pie are round, Cornbread are square"

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this is one of my favs off of Barn, just because it sounds a lot more like old Crazy Horse. Not really thrilled with all of the backing vocals, they could have nixed those

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ0nIRi … mp;index=9

I remember pi R Squared in math class ............. wait, I know for sure Junior Sample told Grandpa "Pie are round, Cornbread are square"

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I had not listened to much of his solo stuff prior to his death, same as it was with Gary Moore. And for whatever reason I have always disliked Fleetwood Mac. He was quite brilliant, this is really good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFFT1w3KLYU

I remember pi R Squared in math class ............. wait, I know for sure Junior Sample told Grandpa "Pie are round, Cornbread are square"

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This song always hits me in the gut.  I remember playing it over and over when my first wife was recovering from her double lung transplant.  The message was like a mantra to me and God gave me 5 and a half more years together with her .  In two weeks it'll be 8 years ago....

https://youtu.be/VoULZIePJZ4