I was watching the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus recently and three quarters of the way through it I came to the conclusion that the best performances on this 1968 BBC television broadcast were from the first two acts. The Who did their mini opera, A Quick One (the footage later showed up on the documentary The Kids Are Alright), but the band that really blew me away was Jethro Tull with their version of A Song for Jeffrey from their first album This Was. I recently picked up the remastered version of this album which is absolutely fantastic, with its wide, rich acoustic sound. The brass (Rock & Roll flute) guitar, and big fat bass are I’m sure why there are still those out there that insist that analog is far superior to digital on these old classics. Your really feel like you are right there in the room with these guys while they are playing. You can almost feel the spit coming out of Ian Anderson’s mouth as he plays and sings. And this album is great from start to finish.
I’m in LA this week and going to visit my most excellent friend Jeff. Today’s runner is for him. A Song for Jeffrey – Enjoy!