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Music Single : Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath

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A little hard rock flute never hurt anyone especially CB. How long has this one been in my head? A long time and it still sounds good.

Songs like Locomotive Breath still make me sit up and take notice. A little piano intro and then it starts to boogie and THEN that irresistible riff. CB had no defense against this, he was on the train. Ian Anderson’s great vocals and lyrics and one of my favorite rock n roll riffs of all time.  And THEN that fantastic flute.

I wonder if Tull knew they had a winner when they cut it? The song just builds and never lets up. Just like 10 tons of locomotive. Take a couple breaths Ian.

Great tune off of a pretty good record. Man did I get some cool music when I was trying to figure things out as a lad. I did’t have to figure this song out. It grabbed CB by the testies!

21 comments on “Music Single : Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath

  1. Aphoristical
    November 3, 2019

    Would be frightened on Ian Anderson grabbing me there. He has wild eyes.

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  2. hotfox63
    November 3, 2019

    Cool title. Strong guitar riff and the flute is unique.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. christiansmusicmusings
    November 3, 2019

    You hit the nail on the head with this one, CB. I’ve always loved that tune. The riff, the pan flute, Anderson’s vocals – ultra cool, or as we used to say in Germany as silly teens: Oberaffengeil!😆

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  4. Chris
    November 3, 2019

    I enjoy a bit of Tull. I like how Locomotive Breath uses a train as a metaphor for life. Another favorite on Aqualung is the closer “Wind-Up” about a person who prefers to think for himself rather than be controlled.

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  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    November 3, 2019

    Always loved that tune and the way it builds up, you get the impression of someone trying to outrun their soul, out of breath and still running…Jethro Tull was a very talented band and their music, reflected in Aqualung and Thick as a Brick, for example, demonstrates how deep their knowledge of music was. An extraordinary rock band, even during the years when most bands carried forth the aesthetics of the time with excellence. Great choice CB and a great post!

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  6. Jim S.
    November 4, 2019

    So here’s a coincidence. I stop in at the book store every couple weeks to see what new rock mags are on the stands. And lo and behold there was a special tribute issue to Tull from their Prog-rock archives. (Is Tull a prog band? I never once thought of them as that.) This issue goes into their history with plenty of interviews, mostly with Anderson. Anyway, great song from a great album and the cover art with CB on it is classic.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 4, 2019

      I don’t get the “Prog-rock”handle for them but that’s press/media talk.
      That was CB on the cover after a week bender.

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  7. William
    November 10, 2019

    Hey man, did you know? Nick Cave with his Grinderman project of late 2000’s did cover this song at soundchecks but they never recorded/released it which is a big pity! Anyway great song 🙂

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  8. J.
    November 11, 2019

    Great tune… and that’s still the only Tull album I have. I’m in need of some more, I think.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 11, 2019

      Go early stuff J.

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      • J.
        November 11, 2019

        Will do! Think the first time I seen them was on the Rolling Stones Circus thing many moons ago and I thought “oh aye”.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 11, 2019

        I had an older brother with a great record collection. That was my start with a lot of this good stuff.

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      • J.
        November 11, 2019

        I sometimes think of myself as that big brother, but my little brother would tend to set me straight!

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