Benefit (studio album) by Jethro Tull

Benefit by Jethro Tull
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 2,781st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Benefit is ranked 6th best out of 42 albums by Jethro Tull on

The best album by Jethro Tull is Thick As A Brick which is ranked number 283 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,479.

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From 01/27/2023 21:00
The early Tull albums are more bluesy and hard rocking than their later albums from the late 1970's till today. This also goes for "Benefit" their 1971 album. Many of the tunes are based on guitar riffs such as "To Sing You a Song", "Teacher" and "Play in Time" .
This is one their most consistent albums, with no filler/weak tracks, though some of the songs may sound a bit dated to young listeners. Most of the tunes are both melodic and rocking, a few quiet songs there too; among them 3 of the bonus tracks "Just Trying to Be", "Singing All Day" and "Witch's Promise" which were originally released on the compilation album "Living in the Past". The last bonus track "Teacher" comes from the American version of the original Benefit album.

Jethro Tull was always Ian Anderson's project with many changes in the line-ups; but he always chose brilliant musicians, and allowed them to show their skills. On this album especially exquisite guitarist and long-time member Martin Barre.

My favourites: "Son", "For Michael Collins", "To Cry You a Song" and "Sossity, You're a Woman"
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From 02/12/2022 16:47
This is the most recent addition to my quite considerable Tull collection and is far more enjoyable than I anticipated. To be honest the cover design has always put me off but thankfully the music is far better than the cover! There are hints to what is to come.
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From 01/05/2022 17:00
Still has that grittier and bluesier feel, but starting to lean towards the new Jethro. Many great songs. The playing is tight and musicianship is on high level, as usual.
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From 07/03/2020 15:20
A transitional album between pre-Aqualung era, more blues-oriented than folk rock, and the progish years of the 70´s.

Highlight: To Cry You A Song, one of my favorites of Ian Anderson´s career.
There isn´t any low track here, but iam not a big fan of A Time For Everything and Son.
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From 06/08/2020 16:34
Not a bad album, it wasn't for me as I preferred a lot some other albums by Tull such as Thick as a brick, Aqualung, Songs from the woods, Minstrel in the gallery and Stand up.
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From 07/12/2019 22:51
I was a 16-year old camp counselor in training, far from home in a primitive forest. I ran a high fever for two days with a horrific bout of tonsillitis. All I could do was lay on a bunk in a cabin with no air conditioning and listen to my records on headphones, sweating and hallucinating. This was one of those records.
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From 07/04/2019 08:13
In general, I think "Stand Up" is slightly better than "Benefit". But "Benefit" is not just a transitional record that would be the missing link between "Stand Up" and "Aqualung". The compositions are too mature for that. The use of studio techniques (such as reversed flute) is not really necessary, and it does not contribute much. What I especially miss with "Benefit" is the sensitive nostalgia in which a number of "Stand Up" songs bathe. I can only applaud that the electric guitar here is very present.
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From 09/06/2016 18:10
An often overlooked album. Benefit is more reflexive and less fast paced than its predecessor Stand Up but overall just as good.

A very good album.
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From 09/03/2015 14:21
More downbeat that its predecessor, Benefit is an often overlooked record as it is wedged between Stand Up and their most celebrated work, Aqualung. Definitely worth adding to your JT collection.
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From 01/08/2015 06:17
Expertly depicts a listless, despondent attitude. If that's something you're interested in hearing depicted.
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