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Ian Anderson

Probably best known as the lead vocalist, flutist, and guitarist in the progressive folk-rock band Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson has also released several albums under his own name. Born in Fife, Scotland, Anderson was interested in music from a young age, gaining influence from his father James' record collection of big band and jazz, as well as early rock & roll by Elvis Presley. The Anderson family later relocated to Blackpool where Ian finished his studies. In 1963, alongside his school friends, he formed the band the Blades, with Anderson on vocals and harmonica. The band went through several name and line-up changes and in 1967, in an attempt to move closer to London, the band moved to Luton. The group quickly fell apart and following a succession of dead-end jobs, Anderson realized that he "would never be as good as Eric Clapton" and decided to sell his electric guitar -- once owned by Lemmy from the band Motörhead -- and instead trade it for a flute. This bold move turned out to create the trademark sound for the basis of his band Jethro Tull, with Anderson learning the instrument quickly and playing in a blues-rock style. Anderson, together with Glenn Cornick (bass), Mick Abrahams (guitar), and Clive Bunker (drums), first toyed with the names Navy Blue and Bag of Blues before settling on Jethro Tull, sometimes misprinted as Jethro Toe. In 1968, the band released their debut album This Was on famous label Island Records. The album was recorded only a few months after Anderson began to play flute. It wasn't a commercial success but it did score them a residency at the Marquee club in London where Anderson would develop his iconic on-stage presence, where he would jump around in an old overcoat and stand on one leg while playing the flute. Jethro Tull went on to record many albums, with most of their success coming in the '70s from the albums Benefit (1970), Aqualung (1971), Thick as a Brick (1972), and Living in the Past (1972). Anderson has also released six solo albums under his own name, starting with 1983's "Walk Into Light," in addition to guest appearances on albums by the likes of Fairport Convention (Portmeirion) and Men Without Hats ("On Tuesday"). He also produced music for Steeleye Span's 1974 album Now We Are Six. Aside from music, Anderson's business activities included owning several salmon farms in the U.K. ~ James Pearce
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Homo Erraticus

1. Doggerland

2. Heavy Metals

3. Enter The Uninvited

4. Puer Ferox Adventus

5. Meliora Sequamur

6. The Turnpike Inn

7. The Engineer

8. The Pax Britannica

9. Tripudium Ad Bellum

10. After These Wars

11. New Blood, Old Veins

12. In For A Pound

13. The Browning Of The Green

14. Per Errationes Ad Astra

15. Cold Dead Reckoning

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Track List: Thick As A Brick 2 (TAAB2)

Disc 1

1. From A Pebble Thrown

2. Pebbles Instrumental

3. Might-Have-Beens

4. Upper Sixth Loan Shark

5. Banker Bets, Banker Wins

6. Swing It Far

7. Adrift And Dumfounded

8. Old School Song

9. Wootton Bassett Town

10. Power And Spirit

11. Give Till It Hurts

12. Cosy Corner

13. Shunt And Shuffle

14. A Change Of Horses

15. Confessional

16. Kismet In Suburbia

17. What-Ifs, Maybes And Might-Have-Beens

Disc 2
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Track List: Plays The Orchestral Jethro Tull

Disc 1

1. Eurology

2. Calliandra Shade

3. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day

4. Up The 'pool

5. We Five Kings

6. Life Is A Long Song

7. In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff

8. Wond'ring Aloud

9. Griminelli's Lament

10. Cheap Day Return

11. Mother Goose

13. Boris Dancing

14. Living In The Past

Disc 2

1. Pavane

2. Aqualung

3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

4. My God

5. Budapest

6. Locomotive Breath

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Track List: The Secret Language Of Birds

1. The Secret Language Of Birds

2. The Little Flower Girl

4. Postcard Day

5. The Water Carrier

6. Set-Aside

7. A Better Moon

8. Sanctuary

9. The Jasmine Corridor

10. The Habanero Reel

12. The Secret Language Of Birds, PT II

13. Boris Dancing

14. Circular Breathing

15. The Stormont Shuffle

17. In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff

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Track List: Rupi's Dance

1. Calliandra Shade (The Cappuccino Song)

2. Rupi's Dance

3. Lost In Crowds

4. A Raft Of Penguins

5. A Week Of Moments

6. A Hand Of Thumbs

7. Eurology

8. Old Black Cat

9. Photo Shop

10. Pigeon Flying Over Berlin Zoo

11. Griminelli's Lament

12. Not Ralitsa Vassileva

13. Tow Short Planks

14. Birthday Card At Christmas

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dragonlady60 8 8
Lol James c.
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dragonlady60 8 8
Have fun DAVID
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dragonlady60 8 8
OUTSTANDING
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So... the greatest rock flutist in history was born in Fife!
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I've seen Ian in the 80's90's and in 2005, can't wait to see tull again. .....come back to New England. .....
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Only 14 minutes, nice IA
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tull is the most under rated rock band i know of. saw em twice in75 baltimore, in 76 cap center largo md. first caught a bit of aqualung in vietnam in 71 thought they aint half bad long story short iv been tull fan ever since, my favorite tull lp thick as a brick , second aqualung thanks ian for the great music rip glen cornick.




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I seen JT twice in the '80s. Come back to Maryland, Ian!

And, I have an original press of Passion Play, too. Fantastic!
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Ian Anderson is a genius. That's obvious to anyone who appreciates good music. Well crafted, well thought out tunes and arrangements , pertinent messages; the consumate entertainer :)
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When the smoke cleared, the blue lights on, and he's standing there with his foot up on a monitor.... Gives me goose bumps thinking about it!! This was the first time, early 70s!
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Passion Play! Come on, it was and still is incredible.
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od20208
My flute prog rock idol! Now I know where that sound comes from- singing and playing, flutter tonguing, plosives- love it and now can finally do it too! Genius composer, Ian! You inspire all of us who reach for the dream of rocking out on our flutes!
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Four words thick as a brick need I say more
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I'm glad there are so many Ian fans out there !! I've been a huge fan since 1970. Seen Tull at least 30 times. The Bio should have been so much better !!
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jriley4880
this bio was disappointin g . got to the end of it ,thinking where is the rest of it. kinda left hanging there was that it ?????
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amye45
he's definitely OG Minstrel in the Gallery
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Saw tull in 73 at boston garden and with the addition of chemicals got blown away. One of the best concerts ive seen ian is simply a genius with a pen
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amye45
let me see if I can put this in perspective. . . w i t h o u t JT/IA there would be no, Meatloaf, Tenacious D, System of a Down or Alice Cooper...how did I do?
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Huge Tull fan; I know Ian won't blame me for having a copy of Tull.com still in the wrapper--I bought it didn't I? Love the man, love the band!
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Just saw Jethro Tull, the rock opera at the Historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY. It was inventive and innovative, Ian was in fine voice and had virtual assistance for high register. Bravo!
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SAW JETHRO TULL , THE ROCK OPERA BY IAN LAST NIGHT ! IAN NEVER RESTS !!
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daviddavid99
Seeing Tull in 4 days. 3rd time. Ian is amazing musician and showman.
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I saw Jethro Tull live in the mid 70's. Absolutely the best live show I have seen.
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I love the song aqua lung it's a good song everyone in this fabulous world should listen to the song love anitanne
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Ian / Jethro Tull is all time favorite. Thick as a brick , this was and songs firm the woods are favorite album.
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Oh yeah. Me too. many; many; many; many; and another half a many at least. But whose counting?
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What's not to enjoy? I think the link is faulty. The text doesn't follow from page one but as you say...
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The bio sucks! But who really cares? I'm here for the music. Also I have enjoyed Ian and Jethro Tull for many, many, many, many* years, so rock on!!

* 1 many ='s 10 years. : - )>
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To old to rock and roll
One of my all time favorites
Caron
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My first concert ever was Heavy Horses. Uriah Heep opened, here in Denver. Strange bill there... I saw them for the next five tours. Still my favorite go to music when I need a break :) AND..other than the Corr sisters, who else rocks a rock / blues / folk flute like Ian?
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Looks like a total badass with that flute...
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The best introduction to The Who Tangle wood You both were and still are equal. My world is solidified throu you The Flute was better than the Who's guitars and Moon's Drums are TOP
The Band : and and put Fanny
The Band The Band Full presence.
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Agree GreyFox. Modern Master
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Musicianship Par Excellence
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Modern Master.
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Just saw Ian Anderson Sunday here in Albuquerque. Great show...new stuff from Homo Erraticus, and almost one song from every Tull album. Excellent performance, again. My 10th Tull show since the first one (my very first concert ever) in 1973, the Passion Play Tour. And he played a Passion Play excerpt Sunday night! Love it.
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bobbkking
Completely hooked after listening to Minstrel in the Gallery. Probably the most underrated JT album, definitely one of the best!
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friend went to concert in N.O. several years ago, Ian had surgery on his leg, was in a cast and in a wheelchair, friend said he was all over the stage as usual, didn't slow him down a bit, but apparently he had a lot less air resistance on his head being that all those long beautiful locks are a thing of the past... love you jethro tull
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Ian Anderson deserves a lot more respect from the music industry. Excellent
stage performer who has written more music than many bands put together.
Sept 13 he will be performing Homo Erraticus along with the old Tull songs in the Columbia Gorge at the Mary hill winery a beautiful venue overlooking the river
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New album is great! May be hist best solo album yet...
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Thank u !!
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New album "Homo Erraticus " out April 14th !!
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When is Ian's new album coming out ??
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james.caslin
To Bruce Eder, please find a job more suited to your talents, maybe greeting cards or menu design as your knowledge of R&R is seriously lacking. To ROVI, please oh please redo the bio of this inimitable man and his music!!! A disservice to all who bother to read your usual bilge water bios, put some effort into it and maybe you'll be enlightened! ! !
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best live performance bar none. Even if you were not into Tull, converted a lot friends just by going to a concert.
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Up there with the best...have been a fan since '70, finally got to see an abbreviated show at a festival in Pensacola in '04. Ian and Martin Barre, and some other guys....tota l l y captivating. . M a r t i n ' s very unique guitar and Ian's complete mastershowma n s h i p . . . u n b e l i e v a b l e

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Life is a long song !!
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Wind&heary&s o n g / thid
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Like the Email suggests I am an absolute fanatic have seen him over 200 times (seriously)t h e last time the taab2 tour found out another us tour next year can't wait!
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this fellow is why I took up the flute some 40 years ago..it's been a lovely trip..I hold much gratitude for this wonderful musician.
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