A visitor informed me the link was dead. An opportunity to put the Tull back on the top. An eternity I hadn't listened to it and the effect is always the same: thrills and pleasure. At least this period of the band. The first side of the single was totally acoustic and could have been issued yesterday. This music has no age. It'll be listened again with the same pleasure in... eternity actually. Not impossible that some humans will chose to assist to the apocalypse listening to old Tull stuff. The irony of Ian Anderson voice's tone would not be the worst way to die. The new link is at the end of the post I had written initially (more than 2 years ago, god time is passing it's hellish).
Jethro Tull is a band I've madly loved when I was a kid between 1971 and 1974, but then I rather gave up due to a musical evolution not fitting mine (except for the splendid Minstrel in the Gallery LP in 1975). But I've always considered Ian Anderson as a kind of genius, just a little less deified than Zappa, and much more my taste actually. I know there are not many forgotten Tull's songs but there are some EPs, singles' B-sides and radio sets, not forgetting good quality concerts, that deserve to be considered so. Here is a strangely forgotten EP, released between Aqualung (in March 1971) and Thick As A Brick (in March 1972). Featuring 5 unissued songs, it will do quite well in the charts in September 1971, reaching n°11, but I feel that many omit it when they think about the Tull's discography. It's a transitional record, quite acoustic, without the raw and hard sound and atmosphere of Aqualung but not yet completely in the progressive genre as will be Thick As A Brick (under the clear influence of Gentle Giant actually, and they will open for the Tull some months later). Although most pictures of the band dated 1971 feature Clive Bunker, he was gone after the Aqualung sessions and that year Barrie Barlow was the new member on drums (an old friend of Ian Anderson, a thing that will often do Anderson, even if his friend is not a good musician, but there he was). But I talk too much. In streaming I put "Up The Pool", my fave of the lot, and I post a video from a promo clip done in 1971 of the title track.