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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 07:25 PM

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Jethro Tull (born 1674 in Basildon, Berkshire; died 21 February 1741 in Shalbourne, Berkshire) was an English agricultural pioneer during the Industrial Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution.

Tull was educated at St John's College, Oxford and Gray's Inn. Influenced by the early Age of Enlightenment, he is considered to be one of the early proponents of a scientific (and especially empirical) approach to agriculture. He helped transform agricultural practices by inventing or improving numerous implements, the most notable being the seed drill, which he invented in 1701 while living in Crowmarsh Gifford. Before the seed drill was introduced, seeds were sown simply by being cast upon the ground, to germinate (or fail to germinate) where they landed. The seed drill significantly improved this process, by creating a hole of specific depth, dropping in a seed, and covering it over, three rows at a time. The result was an increased rate of germination, and a much-improved crop yield (up to eight times[1]).

Tull also advocated the use of horses over oxen, invented a horse-drawn hoe for clearing weeds, and made changes to the design of the plough which are still visible in modern versions. His interest in ploughing derived from his interest in weed control, and his belief that fertilising was unnecessary, on the basis that nutrients locked up in soil could be released through pulverisation. Although he was incorrect in his belief that plants obtained nourishment exclusively from such nutrients, he was aware that horse manure carried weed seeds, and hoped to avoid using it as fertiliser by pulverising the soil to enhance the availability of plant nutrients.

Tull's inventions were sometimes considered controversial and were not widely adopted for many years, however on the whole he introduced innovations which contributed to the foundation of productive modern agriculture.

Tull is buried in the churchyard of St Bartholomew's church, Lower Basildon in Berkshire.

Centuries later, "Jethro Tull" would again rise to prominence as the name of a 1960s rock band from Blackpool, England

 
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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 07:37 PM
gee,is that ian anderson?

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 07:37 PM
My personal favorite "inventer/genius" namesake for a band goes to Nikola Tesla

Frankie Hannon f'n rocks

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 07:43 PM
interesting, since Ian Anderson is also a farmer (in addition to his Tull gig).

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 07:54 PM
I was listening to XM Deep Tracks the other day, and they played Tull's performance on the King Biscuit Flower Hour of both Thick As A Brick and Aqualung. The amazing thing was just how good these were live. If anything, I was more impressed at the performance level live versus the studio tracks. These guys could play up a storm and had energy to burn! I've always liked live versions for revealing just how good the musicians really were once the studio wasn't around to fix the faults. By that standard, Tull was amazing. They remain one of the very few bands of that era that I'm sorry I never saw live.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:13 PM
Agree with you Fuji on the Tull - they've always been one of my favorites (just have to hear the beginnings to Locomotive Breath and it's off and running). I saw them a couple of times in earlier years and they put on an excellent show (once right after they came out with Passion Play - all of the guys, except Ian, were dressed as forest animals and they had the ballerinas, etc...it was a trip. literaly). Saw them locally last winter (or maybe it was the winter before) and they were good, did a lot of stuff from their Christmas album (which is most excellent) but Ian doesn't have the power in his voice he once had (of course, who does?) He did throw in 'the pose' while playing flute a few times, though.

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:15 PM
just realized...are fuji and heineken brothers??? I see some family resemblence.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:27 PM
Passion Play is one of my Tull favorites. I saw them live supporting their then latest album, A.

Fuji is of course by proxy my brother.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:31 PM
How could anyone forget "The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles"

Love the Song From the Woods. With the tree stump as a record player

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:40 PM
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Love the Song From the Woods. With the tree stump as a record player


Indeed -- same with the Too Old To Rock n Roll, Too Young To Die cover -- Ian saying to know-nothing critics masquerading as music writers "stick it where the sun doesn't shine" -- same to that effect w/ the Thick As A Brick cover for that matter too.
Love Tull -- Mother Goose and Hymn 43 from Aqualung are brilliant.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:42 PM
Sorry....I'm missing the whole point of this post.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:44 PM
First time i saw TULL was for the STORMWATCH tour in 1979.
Just saw IAN ANDERSON at Westbury,N.Y. last month a great show.
A must see!!

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:48 PM
I really like this cd.


Also found out they are doing a UK acoustic tour, please come to the states.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:50 PM
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Agree with you Fuji on the Tull - they've always been one of my favorites (just have to hear the beginnings to Locomotive Breath and it's off and running).



I agree about that intro. And then the guitar. :-)

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:56 PM
Next thing we'll know, Molly Hatchet and Steely Dan were all named after something other than rock bands. Oh yeah, a lady of the night and a dildo; ok, I get it.

I still don't understand the thread. Did some 12 year old figure out who Jethro Tull was? Like they woke up in history class and suddenly understood that the the 1960s band lead by Ian Anderson had no member named "Tull"?

I got news for ya...there ain't no non-hearing lepard in Def Lepard and there ain't no brothers named "Doobie". "Uriah Heep" is named after a Charles Dickens character and Elton John is really Reggie.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 08:58 PM
First concert I ever saw was Tull during the Thick As A Brick tour, think it was in October of '72. Unfortunately it was at the Chicago Stadium-possibly the greatest place ever to see a hockey game but awful for concerts. I was on the far side of the place and literally couldn't see or hear anything. Still since I was 15 and it was my first show I was in awe of the whole concert experience. Glenn Cornick's (Tull's bass player) band Wild Turkey opened and they had Clive Bunker, Tull's drummer of the previous era (Barriemore Barlow replaced him on TAAB) and one of the all time best.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 09:13 PM
Tull's first Album...This Was is a great album, very bluesed based and the follow up...Stand Up, changed some but was still a very strong album. Follow that up with Augalung and Thick as a Brick and they were a powerhouse in concert through the early and mid 70's.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 09:31 PM
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I still don't understand the thread.

How does that ever stop any of us from posting? If understanding was the qualification, the WP would hardly exist.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 09:48 PM
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Tull's first Album...This Was is a great album, very bluesed based and the follow up...Stand Up, changed some but was still a very strong album. Follow that up with Augalung and Thick as a Brick and they were a powerhouse in concert through the early and mid 70's.


Ah…you beat me to it.

I’m not a huge Tull fan but for some reason I stumbled across “This Was” (maybe my older brother had it) and I LOVE that album.

Its totally different than the more well known Tull albums.

Reminds me a lot of Cream.

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 09:48 PM
Some teen friends and I snuck across to the Isle of Wight under the story that we were 'camping'. Just didn't elaborate where exactly. We did manage to see the band from a vast distance but I don't recall too much... I love their unique sound. Aqualung and Thick as a Brick are favs. of mine. I agree about the intro to Locomotive Breath.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 10:17 PM
Man I love Jethro Tull. I even own the dreaded A album

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 10:24 PM
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I still don't understand the thread.

How does that ever stop any of us from posting? If understanding was the qualification, the WP would hardly exist.


I have to agree. I just had thought something else would follow.

Wiki has a great write up on Zygomatic Process; I think I'll post that and see what happens.

(ps: I love Tull...the band that is)

 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 10:45 PM
I love Jethro too, and his big bowl of corn flakes...

his dad was a hell of a boxer in his time.

Max Baer Sr. that is.

yeah, talking about threads going astray...



 

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  posted on 11/30/2006 at 10:52 PM
I saw them at the At the RPI fieldhouse in 1987 when Ian still had his long hair and they were still Tull. Excellent live band full of passion and energy.

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 12:09 AM
Check out Benefit, JT's 3rd album-circa 1970. My favorite.
 
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