The sweet music of the good old times, have we forgotten its sound?
I asked a few people, ‘what’s the first two rock bands that come to your head?’ they replied, ‘AC/DC and Metallica, man. Duh?’
No doubt, both these bands, in all senses, simply amazing. However, what seems to surprise me is that I don’t hear bands like ‘The Who’ or ‘Jethro Tull’ being uttered by a lot of people, and it made me wonder HOW?
So I thought its high time someone started bringing up the old and helping us remember who essentially started music – before we get drowned by all the dub-step that’s taking over the music industry of today.
I’d like to start with my personal favorite – Jethro Tull. In 29 years Jethro Tull has played more than 2500 concerts worldwide and released 35 albums that have sold more than 60 million copies. Since its inception in 1966, Tull has produced an innovative, provocative sound that still pioneers. With flute-wielding Ian Anderson at the helm the band continues to chase a music that has inspired nearly three generations of rock, folk, classical, and blues.
It’s cool if numbers don’t impress you, though – it never impressed me much either. What did knock my socks off though and made me go ‘WOAH!’ was the first ever song I heard by them ‘Locomotive Breath’. The smooth piano playing at the start, followed by the electrifying guitar that really gets your attention, and then to top it off with kick-ass lyrics, you’d think ‘WHAT have I been missing out on!’
‘This Was’ is their first ever album that released in 1968, at a cost of only £1200. From this album, portions of their songs even featured in the documentary of the Woodstock Festival.
What sets these guys apart from any other band you’ve heard is their Flute playing – relatable and meaningful lyrics – flavorful instrumentals and of course spots on beats.
I recommend you starting with their album ‘Aqualung’ to get a real feel of them and then move along to ‘Stand up’ and ‘Thick as a brick’.
These guys have been around for a while and their popularity is awe striking everywhere else, however I don’t see the same response here. Give it a shot guy! You won’t regret a moment of it.