Song of the Day, March 7: With You There to Help Me by Jethro Tull

TullWithYouToday’s song is an amazing moment of transition for a mainstay of classic progressive rock. After two albums of blues-based rock, Jethro Tull were evolving their own distinct sound. Ian Anderson’s confidence as a flautist had grown significantly, touring had made the group more cohesive, and success allowed them greater freedom in the studio. As a result, their third disc, Benefit, was a little revelation.

It opens with an eerie flute figure, introducing the song With You There to Help Me. The track is a blend of smart playing, solid singing, clever studio work, and compelling energy. An anthem of collaboration — but not dependence — it heralds a maturity in Anderson’s work and opened the door for Tull’s rapid evolution over the next few albums.

Enjoy this great classic track today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

3 Responses to Song of the Day, March 7: With You There to Help Me by Jethro Tull

  1. drew says:

    thanks – while not a tull head i value the poetry and music- esp benefit, living in the past, aqualung,taab and passion play… your comments:pithy and elegant ( is it ok to say?)

  2. robert crabtree says:

    love tull, love lyrics…was looking for an explanation on 60 days and 80 nights and found you guys. glad to know there are people thinking about the sort of things i’m thinking about regarding this great songwriter.

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