One of the more peculiar albums, Benefit Jethro Tull's third album is the devoid of the "blues" trappings of the previous albums, although guitarist Martin Barre¡¯s electric guitar riffings are a welcoming counterbalance to Ian's wonderful acoustic guitar.
Ian's compositions on the softer material are taking on more of a folk direction, but yet the bassist Glen Cornick and drummer Clive Bunker and new comer, the classically trained virtuoso John Evans makes his debut with the band, and his presence is felt immediately, although he would become a star on later albums like Thick As A Brick.
There are a few memorable songs on Benefit, the bonus UK hit "Teacher", and the anthem "To Cry You A song". Other notable songs are is one of Ian's greatest compositions, "For Milchael Collins, Jeffrey and Me", "Alive and Well And Living In", "Inside" and "Nothing To Say".
The newly re-mastered issue of "Benefit" now includes four album edits that were originally only available on the soon to be obsolete Living In The Past, which surprisingly works within the context of the other songs originally on the album.
On Jethro Tull's third album might be an underrated album, especially in comparison to the heavyweights which were to follow, but don't let anyone fool you into not think that this album is not worthy of adding to your Jethro Tull collection.
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