Re: Prog Rock Wednesdays
Jethro Tulll "To Cry You a Song / A New Day Yesterday" Tampa, 1976
I've often felt this was my favorite version of JT's personnel, with the late John Glascock (bass), Barrie Barlow (drums), and Martin Barre (guitar) being one of the tightest threesomes of the 70's. Their steadiness enabled front man Anderson to be at his free-styling best, and pianist John Evans to fill and flow in every way. I also enjoy Ian's voice from this era, but age (now 71) and too many cigarettes have robbed him of his range, his growl, and his breathing.
These two songs are from earlier albums "Benefit" (1970) and "Stand Up" (1969) respectively. Barlow and Glascock had become best friends, and when the latter died in 1979 of congestive heart failure (just 28 years old), Barlow soon left the band and never looked back. Apparently he and Glascock had meshed so perfectly on the whole JT repertoire, that Barlow found it hard to play those songs again without his good friend with him.
I'm going to dedicate this one our long-time Chordian Grah1, who just entered into the sadness of losing a long time friend and band mate.