Jethro Tull will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a massive three-disc compilation, 50 for 50, out May 25th via Parlophone.
Jethro Tull’s founder, singer and flautist, Ian Anderson, hand-picked the 50-song track list from the band’s 21 studio albums. The three-disc set is loosely arranged in chronological order to capture the band’s myriad musical phases. 50 for 50 boasts Jethro Tull’s early blues-influenced efforts like Nothing Is Easy and Beggars Farm, hard rock hits like Aqualung and Locomotive Breath, prog classics such as Skating Away and Critique Oblique, plus folk songs like Heavy Horses and Songs From the Wood.
Along with 50 for 50, Jethro Tull will also release 50th Anniversary Hits, a condensed, 15-track collection that will be available on CD and vinyl. The CD version will be released May 25th, alongside 50 for 50, while the vinyl version will arrive August 31st.
Jethro Tull recently kicked off a massive world tour to mark their 50th anniversary. The group has two North American legs planned, the first launching May 30th in Phoenix and wrapping July 7th in Montreal, while the second begins August 31st in Minneapolis and ends September 12th in Wallingford, Connecticut.
By JON BLISTEIN, Rolling Stone Magazine.