Jethro Tull – This Was 1971 Japan LP


A 1971 Japanese pressing of This Was by Jethro Tull.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese copy of This Was by Jethro Tull, complete with lyric insert

About this copy: This copy of This Was is a 1971 Japanese issue of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is VG+, with wear at the corners and edges.   The lyric insert is VG++, with a bit of foxing.

The obi is missing.

The disc is M-.  There’s a single spindle mark on the label and a faint inaudible mark through the last track.  It might have been played once or twice at the most.

A nice copy of a very rare Jethro Tull LP, as the band’s albums sold quite poorly in Japan.

Background: Originally released in 1968, This Was was the debut LP by Jethro Tull.  The album reached #10 on the UK charts and #62 on the U.S. charts. gave This Was a 3 star review:

Jethro Tull was very much a blues band on their debut album, vaguely reminiscent of the Graham Bond Organization only more cohesive, and with greater commercial sense. The revelations about the group’s roots on This Was — which was recorded during the summer of 1968 — can be astonishing, even 30 years after the fact. … This would be the last album of its kind by the group, as Abrahams’ departure and the lure of more fertile inspiration tugged them toward English folk music.


Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Reprise
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in