quarta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2016

JETHRO TULL: "Benefit"

Original released on LP Reprise RS 6400
(US 1970, April 20)

"Benefit" was the album on which the Jethro Tull sound solidified around folk music, abandoning blues entirely. Beginning with the opening number, "With You There to Help Me," Anderson adopts his now-familiar, slightly mournful folksinger/sage persona, with a rather sardonic outlook on life and the world; his acoustic guitar carries the melody, joined by Martin Barre's electric instrument for the crescendos. This would be the model for much of the material on "Aqualung" and especially "Thick as a Brick", although the acoustic/electric pairing would be executed more effectively on those albums. Here the acoustic and electric instruments are merged somewhat better than they were on "Stand Up" (on which it sometimes seemed like Barre's solos were being played in a wholly different venue), and as needed, the electric guitars carry the melodies better than on previous albums. 

Most of the songs on "Benefit" display pleasant, delectably folk-like melodies attached to downbeat, slightly gloomy, but dazzlingly complex lyrics, with Barre's guitar adding enough wattage to keep the hard rock listeners very interested. "To Cry You a Song," "Son," and "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me" all defined Tull's future sound: Barre's amp cranked up to ten (especially on "Son"), coming in above Anderson's acoustic strumming, a few unexpected changes in tempo, and Anderson spouting lyrics filled with dense, seemingly profound imagery and statements. As on "Stand Up", the group was still officially a quartet, with future member John Evan (whose John Evan Band had become the nucleus of Jethro Tull two years before) appearing as a guest on keyboards; his classical training proved essential to the expanding of the group's sound on the three albums to come. "Benefit" was reissued twice in remastered editions with bonus tracks at the end of 2001 and in 2013, which greatly improved the clarity of the playing and the richness of the sound - you can find some of those bonus tracks inside the file.

2 comentários:

Sergio Haussmann disse...

Prezados Senhores do Blog Rato Returns/Records:

Há alguns anos venho baixando as maravilhosas coletâneas que vocês me enviam. Ultimamente, quando clico no desenho do ratinho, sou dirigido ao Zippyshare, mas ao clicar no botão de "download", ao invés de começar o download do arquivo, abre uma nova página, com propagandas indesejáveis, ofertas de instalação de programas suspeitos, etc. Nunca mais conseguir baixar um arquivo musical como antes. Pergunta: o que está acontecendo?
Sergio Haussmann
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Rato disse...

Essa é a "factura" a pagar, atendendo tratar-se de uma hospedagem grátis. Mas nem sempre acontece. Há que ter um pouco de paciência e insistir no download, ao mesmo tempo que se vai apagando a publicidade. E mesmo assim o Zippyshare é dos melhores servers grátis, um dos mais rápidos até!

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