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Jethro Tull – Sunshine Day b/w Aeroplane

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Tull’s first single appeared in 1967 on the MGM label (always thought that was an odd choice for them) but miscredited it to Jethro Toe and that spelling error created a collectible record that remains one of the holy grails for all truly rare record collectors. As there were so few copies pressed, they now change hands for £500 and more. If your copy says Jethro Tull, it is a counterfeit, produced in New York, apparently. The record was produced by Derek Lawrence who would go on to produce the first 3 Deep Purple records. Written by the excellent Mick Abrahams, it sounds like early Tull, in that it’s a bit bluesey and a bit jazz-rock-ish. Actually, it sounds like Blodwyn Pig, the band Mick soon left to form. Have these tracks ever been put onto a compilation album? None of my copies feature it. Not even the 5 album retrospective box set.

Within a year, the band would have a top 3 single on its hands with Living In The Past and would be turning down a chance to play Woodstock, but in ‘68 they couldn’t get get arrested, so this record is not just a rare thing, it is the roots of one of our biggest and most wonderful bands.

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