June 6, 2009


(Mick Abrahams - One of the staples of the FM diet of the early '70's.)

Not exactly live this week, but sessions produced for the John Peel Program over the BBC in 1971 and courtesy of the ever-amazing BBC Transcription Service.

Anyone who has been a long time Jethro Tull fan will recognize Mick Abrahams as one of the founding members, who left shortly after the release of This Was in 1968 and went on to form Blodwyn Pig (whose single Dear Jill was a staple on early rock FM radio here in the States). Blodwyn Pig dissolved in late 1970. There was the short lived Wommit and then The Mick Abrahams Band who, although not achieving the commercial appeal Jethro Tull had, still maintained a strong loyal following and were regarded by many as musician's musicians. Blodwyn Pig recently reformed (adding Clive Bunker, original Tull drummer and, in my estimation the best) and are currently gigging around England and Europe.

This session, recorded on June 6, 1971 features Seasons, Not To Rearrange, Winds of Change and Why Do You Do Me This Way.

So for the next 20 or so minutes, pretend it's not 1971. And it's not if you haven't heard this band before - it's new to you. New is good. Honest. Especially when it's been around for a while.

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