Jethro Tull - Love Story / Christmas Song (1968)

Let's go back more and more in the past. We are 5 months before the "Living In The Past" single, it's December 1968, and the band is in a difficult period since he has lost his guitar player, Mick Abrahams being gone to drive his own band (Blodwyn Pig), and after trying David O'List (from the Nice) they try Tony Iommi from a band called Earth, future greatest band in the world (Black Sabbath of course). This is attested by the picture below taken during an appearance of the band at the The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus this same month (but the band only simulated playing except for Ian Anderson). Tough since the band had a single to defend for this end of year, and a great one (the first of a brilliant series, most posted the previous days on this blog). "Love Story" is on the A-side and "Christmas Song" on the B-side, but both are so good that it's more a double A-side (not the last time with the Tull). It will become their first song to enter the charts (n°29 in UK) but the LP This Was, released the previous summer had done will too (n°10). It's easy to understand why Abrahams left (and why Iommi wouldn't stay) when listening these 2 songs, much more trad. folk inspired than blues-derived, but a folk totally reworked to become contempory rock (at least for "Love Song") and it's actually, 2 years before, an annoucement of what Led Zeppelin would later do (on their IIIrd opus) with their hard rock (on the B-side). Martin Barre will take the axe forever some days later. The cover sleeve was audacious in these times of mandatory youthness, with the band looking older than they are today, 43 years later. None of the 2 tracks would feature on their next album so they would only stay available in compilations and as bonus tracks in reissues. There will be a stereo-ization of these mono recordings on the 40th anniversary reissue. I'm not sure I like them most in these reworked versions so I put each song in its original mono and reworked stereo versions on the rar file. It's up to you. Enjoy this long gone gem here. I put both songs in streaming below cos' it's impossible for me to choose which one to propose for newcomers ignoring this band.

Love Story. Going back in the morning time to see if my love has changed her mind, yeah. I know what I will find that she is wasting time, she could be picking roses. Going back in the morning time to see if my love has seen the light, yeah. Oh, I told her last night she should improve her sight, she could be painting the roof.Going back in the morning time to see if my love has come around, yeah. She offered me no sound,her head is in the ground,She could be calling for winter.

Christmas Song. Once in Royal David's City stood a lonely cattle shed,where a mother held her baby.You'd do well to remember the things He later said. When you're stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties,you'll just laugh when I tell you to take a running jump. You're missing the point I'm sure does not need making that Christmas spirit is not what you drink. So how can you laugh when your own mother's hungry, and how can you smile when the reasons for smiling are wrong? And if I just messed up your thoughtless pleasures, remember, if you wish, this is just a Christmas song. (Hey! Santa! Pass us that bottle, will you?)



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