Mike Boom wrote:As far as This Was... it's great of course but doesn't quite have the songs, yet.
I love This Was,
but the growth of Anderson as a songwriter - particularly in the lyrics department - from first album to second is really rather breathtaking. The best comparison I can think of offhand is the difference between the first two Moody Blues LPs - and there you had more than two years between albums during which there were enormous changes in the whole music scene, and personnel changes in the group that saw two key songwriters join. In Tull's case, it's ten months, and it's at least 85% down to Anderson blossoming (with the rest down to bringing in a guitarist who was happy to do as he was told) (no disrespect to Martin intended).
Even the change from This Was
to "Love Story"/"A Christmas Song" - two months later! - is striking. Neither of those songs would have fit in on This Was
; either of them would have fit in on Stand Up