Benefit is the third album by Jethro Tull, released in April 1970. It was the first Tull album to include pianist and organist John Evan – though he was not yet a permanent member of the group – and the last to include bass guitarist Glenn Cornick. It reached No. 3 in the UK album charts.
Almost as hard-rocking and blues influenced as its predecessor, Stand Up (1969), it incorporated more studio techniques, such as backward-recorded flute (on "With You There to Help Me") and piano, and sped-up guitar (on "Play in Time").
Benefit reached No. 3 in the UK album charts; No. 11 in the US and No. 2 in Norway. Despite selling well, critics were generally unimpressed with Benefit. Rolling Stone called the album "lame and dumb".Disc & Music Echo, on the other hand, was also unimpressed, but recognized the band quality: "This album doesn't advance by such a drastic leap as Stand Up did from This Was. It's more like the Jethro Tull we've seen and heard for the past year. It seems to be a remarkably long album, and shows what an exciting group this is. Exciting because they can have quite long guitar breaks and still retain a very tight and together sound".AllMusic review came more benevolent and accepting the album' style. Bruce Eder state that: "Most of the songs on Benefit display pleasant, delectably folk-like melodies attached to downbeat, slightly gloomy, but dazzlingly complex lyrics, with Barre's guitar adding enough wattage to keep the hard rock listeners very interested. 'To Cry You a Song', 'Son', and 'For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me' all defined Tull's future sound: Barre's amp cranked up to ten (especially on 'Son'), coming in above Anderson's acoustic strumming, a few unexpected changes in tempo, and Anderson spouting lyrics filled with dense, seemingly profound imagery and statements."
In 2013, The Collector’s Edition of Benefit was released. It contains bonus tracks mixed by Steven Wilson. This edition also contains a disc with mono and stereo mixes of rare and previously unreleased versions of tracks and singles, and an audio-only DVD that includes a surround sound mix of the original album. The Collector's Edition also includes a booklet featuring an 8,000-word essay written by Martin Webb, as well as interviews with band members and a selection of photos, some of which are rare and previously unseen.