The Zealot Gene Jethro Tull
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- 1Mrs Tibbets05:54
- 2Jacob's Tales02:13
- 3Mine Is the Mountain05:40
- 4The Zealot Gene03:54
- 5Shoshana Sleeping03:41
- 6Sad City Sisters03:40
- 7Barren Beth, Wild Desert John03:37
- 8The Betrayal of Joshua Kynde04:06
- 9Where Did Saturday Go?03:53
- 10Three Loves, Three03:30
- 11In Brief Visitation03:00
- 12The Fisherman of Ephesus03:41
Info for The Zealot Gene
Jethro Tull returns with its first album of all-new music for 22 years. Evoking Biblical writings in a wholly different way from the now 51 year old Aqualung, The Zealot Gene - in the making since 2017 - is a darker album for darker times.
Ian Anderson elaborates, "While I have a spot of genuine fondness for the pomp and fairytale story-telling of the Holy Book, I still feel the need to question and draw sometimes unholy parallels from the text. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly rear their heads throughout, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect, and tenderness.”
Music born of emotional necessity put together by a band with nothing to prove, The Zealot Gene is a worthy addition to a peerless catalogue.
Tull bandleader Ian Anderson holds no reservations about the role for which the mythos and themes of Biblical storytelling played in the lyrical content of the new album, saying: "While I have a spot of genuine fondness for the pomp and fairytale story-telling of the Holy Book, I still feel the need to question and draw sometimes unholy parallels from the text. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly rear their heads throughout, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect, and tenderness.”
With more than 30 albums to their credit and sales totaling more than 50 million, Jethro Tull are one of the most successful rock bands of all-time with a catalog that contains classics that still resonate today.
Ian Anderson, vocals, keyboards
Joe Parrish-James, guitar
Ian Anderson, guitar
Florian Opahle, guitar
John O´Hara, keyboards
David Goodier, bass
Scott Hammond, drums
Joe Parrish-James, transverse flute
formed in February 1968 from the ashes of two unsuccessful blues/rock bands of the era. Ian Anderson brought his unique and innovative style of flute playing to a public raised on the guitar based British bands who courted acceptance at London’s famous Marquee Club.
After their first tentative blues oriented album, titled “This Was,” the group moved through successive records towards a more progressive sound, and with “Aqualung” in 1971 achieved their first real international level of success.
A few hit singles, notably “Living in the Past,” livened up their early career although it was as an album band, with songs of real substance, that the group really took off, both on record and as a major live concert act.
So-called concept albums followed in the early 70’s (“Thick as a Brick” and “A Passion Play”) with the attendant platinum No. 1 album chart sales.
Tull survived the critical backlash of the return-to-basics later 70’s to produce some of their finest creative efforts which, although not quite matching the commercial success of the previous works, established the band as one of the truly creative exponents of progressive music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
They have continued to constantly reinvent themselves, albeit with several personnel changes along the way.
Ian Anderson (flute and vocals) and Martin Barre (guitar) provide to this day the musical and historical backbone of the group, joined by Doane Perry on drums, Andrew Giddings on keyboards, and Jonathan Noyce on bass.
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