Active since 1967, Jethro Tull has passed through many musical phases in their lengthy and highly successful career. Led from the beginning by charismatic frontman Ian Anderson, the band has variously explored blues rock, progressive rock, art rock and folk rock, with touches of classical and jazz thrown in for good measure. Anderson's penchant for playing the flute on one leg while throwing expansive hand gestures has remained a focal point throughout the band's career, although with the passing of time his energy has diminished somewhat. In the early 70s he also carved out a niche as a social commentator on lengthy concept albums that won over the American market, while being given a mixed reception back in the group's native England. Anderson has remained the group's mainstay, although guitarist Martin Barre (who replaced Mick Abrahams after the debut album This Was) also deserves an honourable mention for long service duties.
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