- Audio CD (October 29, 2013)
- Original Release Date: October 29, 2013
- Number of Discs: 3
- Label: Rhino/Parlophone
- ASIN: B00EPO13AS
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
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When Jethro Tull released Benefit in 1970, it signaled a new, more progressive musical direction for the English band. It also became one of the best-known albums of their career, which is going strong more 60 million records and 40 years later. The Grammy winning group is revisiting that pivotal album with a 2-CD/DVD-Audio collector s edition.
The 2-CD/DVD collection comes loaded with a massive amount of music recorded by the band, which at the time featured: multi-instrumentalist frontman Ian Anderson, guitarist Martin Barre, drummer Clive Bunker, pianist John Evan, and bassist Glenn Cornick.
The first disc contains the album s 10 original tracks, plus five bonus tracks that include both the U.K. and U.S. stereo versions of "Teacher. " All the songs are newly mixed by Steven Wilson and approved by Ian Anderson. The second disc includes newly remastered versions of rare tracks and singles recorded around the same time as Benefit, such as "Sweet Dream" in both stereo and mono.
The audio-only DVD, which is available exclusively with this version, is packed with 58 tracks, including the album and bonus tracks in 5.1 surround sound. It also contains the U.K and U.S. versions of the album. The American version was sequenced differently and replaced the U.K. track "Alive and Well and Living In" with "Teacher. " In addition, the set also comes with a handsome booklet filled with rare photographs, an essay by Martin Webb, and interviews with band members.
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Benefit is to my ears the culmination of a brilliant band's early efforts. Every song is solid, and the band had gelled perfectly by this point. Aqualung by comparison contains a few classics weighed down by several filler tracks and extreme flute over-indulgence (My God, that goes on forever!). It's similar to the way Revolver has aged much more gracefully than Sgt. Pepper. Add in the vastly superior sonics of Morgan Studios (compared to the church/barn that Aqualung was recorded in), and Glenn Cornick's exquisite bass playing (Jeffrey Hammond was still learning how to play), and there's no competition: Benefit is hands down the better of the two releases.
But it really was a different sounding record as well, and until the new liner notes, I couldn't quite figure out why Tull's sound changed so drastically from Benefit to Aqualung. It's not just the loss of Glenn's fluid bass playing. I'd always assumed that the multi-layered electric guitars on Benefit were all Martin Barre, but now it is revealed that Ian played a mean Les Paul too! And to know they were inspired by the recent Blind Faith album, it's no coincidence that the dueling Gibsons sound an awful lot like Steve and Eric on "Had to Cry Today".
Benefit also marked Ian's peak in harmonizing parallel fifths, both in vocal and guitar lines. Fifths are verboten in classical music, but used correctly, they make for extremely powerful rock riffs, which Martin made note of in the CD booklet.
The liner notes imply that very little of this material was stage-worthy, which is why it's mostly overlooked in the Tull repertoire. I beg to differ. I think many of these songs would have sounded great in concert had Ian been willing to strap on his Gibson on stage. His unwillingness to abandon the flute in performance condemned some great songs to oblivion.
Apparently this was a very dark time for Ian, so he's understandably dismissive of some of the material. But that doesn't diminish the brilliance of the writing and playing for those brief 6 months in 69-70 when Jethro Tull were an electric band. As much as I love Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play, I think the original rhythm section was sorely missed after Benefit. So Benefit was a climactic farewell album from a band at its peak.
Ironically, Ian Anderson doesn't rate this album too highly. It doesn't matter, since the Steven Wilson remixing is spectacular - a task he has continued into the future. I might agree with Ian's opinion to some degree, but even so the bonus tracks are so interesting that it just adds to the package. 'Singing All Day' might be the only wah-wah guitar in the entire Tull catalog while '17' doesn't even sound like the band. Plus, I never knew that there were two entirely different versions of 'Teacher', each pretty damn nice, and 'Sweet Dreams' is a great song.
There is still an element of psychedelia in 'Benefit', which makes it slightly odd. Plus there is a CD worth of variations (mono mixes and such) with the odd new track thrown in, such as 'With's Promise'. Add a booklet with interviews and you have a definite edition of an important Jethro Tull album. Overall, this is a great product and a truly deluxe edition.
The main album has been remixed by Steven Wilson once again which improves the sound dramatically from the original CD release I also own.
The 2nd CD has all the mono mixes, singles, B-sides etc and some alternative versions which is ok to have if you are a collector. The big plus for me is the DVD in 5.1 mixed in 96/24 mHz digital audio.
The sound is stunning for a recording that was recorded on 8 track tape. This is a very enjoyable listening experience.
I have played the 5.1 mix several times and continue to hear small things that the CD does not reveal.
A must get for any Tull fans and music fans in general.
I enjoy Benefit more than any of the next Four JT works,( excepting the song Sossity), which is a true clunker!
In Benefit, we hear the band moving away from its blues-folky base, to a chunkier rock base, to culminate in Aqualung, before the reversion to a folk-rock ethos. I believe JT really gelled here.
JT afficionados will be the main purchaser here.
Superficially, the set looks great value, with multiple formats, and some archival work.
Curiously, compared to a lot of other remasters and DVD A releases af seminal works, this set does not seem to sound very different to our old vinyls, or earlier digital takes. (compare with, say Wilson's Crimson work, or Rhino's Yes)
So, great music under-appreciated. I'd query the sonic improvements as being practically important.
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