Odd Fact: Ian Anderson has had a #1 album every 22 years in the US
Jethro Tull has released over 30 albums in their 50-plus year history, making them a staple on rock radio all over the world, with songs like “Aqualung,” “Living in the Past,” and “Bungle in the Jungle.”
The band has never been afraid to take chances, and their latest project is a perfect example. Jethro Tull – The String Quartets, is a collaboration with the Carducci String Quartet. It’s an opportunity to take many of the most recognizable tracks in the band’s catalog and present them in a classical setting.
This left turn has proven quite successful, as the album has recently hit #1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart. It’s also the first Tull album to come out exclusively through Pledge Music.
We welcome back to the program Tull frontman Ian Anderson, who talks about the inspiration for this unique project, why they chose to record the album in old churches, and what to expect from an upcoming tour. Plus, Anderson talks about the latest Jethro Tull album to get the deluxe reissue treatment, Songs From the Wood.
Ian Anderson led Jethro Tull for around 40 years, releasing a string of hit albums that endure to this day. A few years ago, he began releasing records under his own name. But, don’t worry – the classic Jethro Tull sound is still intact. Anderson’s latest project is a live rock opera entitled “Jethro Tull.” Yet, it’s not about the band, but rather the original person, who was an English agricultural inventor of the 1700’s. In Anderson’s new story, he imagines that Mr. Tull is transplanted in the future, burdened with the task of feeding an ever-expanding population. The tale is told through the inclusion of many classic Tull songs, as well as brand new pieces that Anderson has written specifically for the project. Also keeping him busy is the ongoing reissue program of his band’s back catalog – most recently with War Child & A Passion Play.
Ian Anderson is one of the most-recognizable figures in rock. For over 40 years, the wild-eyed flautist has led Jethro Tull through a string of classic albums, including Aqualung, Songs From the Wood, and Thick as a Brick. Anderson’s latest project is a sequel to that last album, Thick as a Brick 2, in which he entertains several possibilities of what happened to main character Gerald Bostock (who was only eight years old in the original album).
For the project, Anderson has returned to the progressive rock stylings which were so much a part of the original release. We also talk his band’s most-famous album, Aqualung, and the problems they had in the studio.