Jethro Tull – This Was Japan blue label promo LP with obi


A rare Japanese blue label promotional copy of This Was by Jethro Tull, complete with original obi.

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Offered for sale is a rare Japanese blue label promotional copy of This Was by Jethro Tull, complete with lyric insert and original obi.

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 slight wear at the corners.   The lyric insert is M-.  The obi is VG+, with a bit of foxing, but no tears. The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The blue label promo disc is M-.  There’s a single spindle mark on the label.  It might have been played once or twice at the most.

A beautiful 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.


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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Reprise
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in