Sunday, May 22, 2022

Jethro Tull - BBC Sessions, Volume 3- Sight and Sound, Golders Green Hippodrome, London, Britain, 2-10-1977

I recently posted two albums of the British band Jethro Tull at the BBC. I thought that was all I was going to post, but I had a request to post a little more from them, so here it is. The band's studio sessions for the BBC ended in 1975, at least for many years after that. But they did some full concerts in the late 1970s that were broadcast on the BBC. The 1978 has been officially released as an album, but the 1977 one is still unreleased. So here it is.

This concert took place immediately after the release of the band's album "Songs from the Wood." Naturally, there are some songs from that, as well as favorite songs from earlier albums. Lead singer Ian Anderson is fairly chatty between songs. I've put all such talking on separate tracks.

Unfortunately, this album is only 57 minutes long, which I assume is shorter than typical Jethro Tull concerts. I'm guessing the BBC slotted only an hour for this show, so it was edited down from something longer. But on the plus side, the sound quality is excellent. In fact, it may be better than the official live album from 1978, "Live: Bursting Out," which has had complaints for a less than stellar sound quality.

01 talk (Jethro Tull)
02 Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day (Jethro Tull)
03 talk (Jethro Tull)
04 Jack in the Green (Jethro Tull)
05 talk (Jethro Tull)
06 Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull)
07 talk (Jethro Tull)
08 Songs from the Wood (Jethro Tull)
09 talk (Jethro Tull)
10 Velvet Green (Jethro Tull)
11 talk (Jethro Tull)
12 Hunting Girl (Jethro Tull)
13 Aqualung (Jethro Tull)
14 Guitar Solo [Instrumental] (Jethro Tull)
15 Wind Up (Jethro Tull)
16 Locomotive Breath (Jethro Tull)

I didn't see any good photos of the entire band in concert from 1977, but I did find one that I liked that's a close-up of lead singer Ian Anderson, so I used that one.


  1. Thank you very much for more Tull. Looking forward to listening to this one!

  2. Thank you so much. Love the end of seventies period from JT. They were musically at the top. And... wonder who critizied the Bursting Out album which I always found had a top notch Audio HiQuality. Strange ears must I have.

    1. I found those comments here:

      For instance:
      Sound quality is curiously muffled and distant- it sounds almost more like a very good audience recording, or a soundboard recording that's been through a tape generation or two, than a proper professional recording.

      This is quite a good show but I'm a bit disappointed by the sound quality. The band seems playing a bit far from us in a confused acoustic atmosphere. Some dynamic is missing.

      There are a few more like that. Most reviewers like the actual performances though.