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Number 17

Jethro Tull - The Witch's Promise (Chrysalis WIP 6077 - 1969)

In 1970 is was virtually impossible to ignore Jethro Tull. Not only were they wildly different to all the other bands under the Prog Rock banner, they were also totally accessible and enjoyed some success in the singles chart, something other such bands tried to ignore, much to the dismay of their respective record companies’ executives. The Witch's Promise, the band’s seventh single, reached number 4 in the UK charts, just one place behind the band’s biggest chart success Living in the Past of the previous year. Anyone who remembers this period will also recall Ian Anderson topping the music polls every year in the best ‘other instrument’ category for his distinctive flute playing, something very much to the fore from the very start of this memorable song.