Benefit (album)

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Benefit
Studio album by Jethro Tull
Released 20 April 1970 (US)
1 May 1970 (UK)
Recorded December 1969 - January 1970 at Morgan Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock[1]
Length 42:49
Label Chrysalis, Reprise
Producer Ian Anderson
Jethro Tull chronology
Stand Up
(1969)
Benefit
(1970)
Aqualung
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone unfavourable[2]
Robert Christgau B−[3]

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.[4]

More hard-rocking and transcended from blues influences than its predecessor, Stand Up (1969), it also incorporated more advanced studio techniques, such as backward-recorded flute (on "With You There to Help Me") and piano, and sped-up guitar (on "Play in Time").

UK Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Ian Anderson.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "With You There to Help Me"   6:15
2. "Nothing to Say"   5:10
3. "Alive and Well and Living in"   2:43
4. "Son"   2:48
5. "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me"   3:47
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "To Cry You a Song"   6:09
7. "A Time for Everything?"   2:42
8. "Inside"   3:38
9. "Play in Time"   3:44
10. "Sossity; You're a Woman"   4:31

US Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "With You There to Help Me"   6:15
2. "Nothing to Say"   5:10
3. "Inside"   3:46
4. "Son"   2:48
5. "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me"   3:47
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "To Cry You a Song"   6:09
7. "A Time for Everything?"   2:42
8. "Teacher"   3:57
9. "Play in Time"   3:44
10. "Sossity; You're a Woman"   4:31

Credits[edit]

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Benefit at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  2. ^ Shadoian, Jack (6 August 1970). Benefit, Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Jethro Tull at Chart Archive. Retrieved 31 October 2012.

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