~ Unreleased Tull Tracks ~

(1968 - 1977)


Artwork: © John Taylor


  • In the course of their musical career Jethro Tull has - apart from the recorded songs that were released on their albums - played live and recorded many pieces of relatively unknown music. Some of them still are in the vaults and might be released as an extra bonus on future albums for the sake of surprise or marketing (or both), others will never leave the shelves to meet our ears, nor will they be played live again.

  • One feature that from the outset always has been part of any Jethro Tull concert is playing newly arranged and combined parts of Tull songs, often embellished with material borrowed from other composers. These mostly instrumental pieces were played as intermezzi: they linked the important songs of the set list together. And like the original intermezzi they are meant to surprise the audience, to offer a certain amount of relaxation both for band and audience, before a new effort-requiring song is played.

  • In most cases the titles listed below are not "official", but named so by fans who taped the concerts and released them on LP and later on CD. Sometimes they were derived from Ian's stage banter.

  • For a more complete overview of unreleased tracks, including Ian's pre-Tull and The John Evans Band's recordings, I would like to recommend Greg Russo's "Flying Colours - The Jethro Tull Reference Manual" (p. 256). Most of the information below originates from this book, some is the fruit of my own research. Laufi, Aaron Winn, Ron Unna, Keith Suding and Dag Sandbu came up with some corrections and new details, for which I would like to thank them.

  • I decided to add this feature to "Cup Of Wonder" for the sake of reference and chose to restrict myself to live pieces and recorded but unreleased tracks, played by the current band line-up of those days. Please note that there is no material here that was officially released, nor pieces that quote from other official released Tull music. All pieces originate from the numerous bootlegs of Tull-concerts.

  • This list is by no way complete as there exist a lot of instrumentals that Tull played over the years, but it's very hard to locate and name them from the original audience recordings. Until now I have traced 66 unreleased pieces of music.

  • Links to places on the net where some of the pieces can be heard in the MP3-format were added. However they will be deleted immediately if Ian Anderson objects or one the record companies who claim the rights for this material want me to do so. Please note that these audience recordings are rather poor in terms of audio quality.

  • Any additions corrections and comments are welcome - as always.

  • * Jan Voorbij

  • Top of page

    • 1968

    • Martin's Tune *
      A guitar instrumental written and played in 1968 and broadcasted by Stockholm radio on January 9 1969.
      *) Available as MP3

    • 1969

    • Martin's Tune Again
      A guitar workout, played live from mid 1969 on.

    • 1970

    • Guitar Solo *
      Another audience recording made during the concert in Frankfurt, Germany, February 1970, featuring Martin Barre on guitar and Clive Bunker on drums.
      *) Available as MP3 at

    • 1971

    • Tomorrow Was Today *
      This song originates from the Aqualung sessions of 1971 and was never released on record. It was played live during the Aqualung tour of 1971 - 1972.

      Silver lights are flashing all along the motorway --
      there's 100,000 travellers [passengers?] who are 21 today.
      So it's goodnight, stay bright,
      well it's goodnight, sleep tight [or don't look back],
      well it's goodnight, don't fight --
      tomorrow was today.

      Well I'm going down to London town
      with a wine glass in my hand
      to celebrate the consciousness of the Universal Man.
      So it's goodnight, stay bright,
      well it's goodnight, don't fight,
      well it's goodnight, sleep tight --
      tomorrow was today.

    • * ) Available as MP3 here (Courtesy Ron & Elad Unna)

    • Top of page

    • 1972

    • Intro
      The unused introduction from the Château d'Hérouville sessions.

    • Hard Headed English General *
      Also known as "Hot Headed English General". Played from 1972 - 1975 during encore medleys of "Aqualung", "Wind Up" and "Locomotive Breath". It is likely that this song was written during the Aqualung or Château d'Hérouville sessions. The lyrics read as follows:

    • The hard-headed English general looks to his god above,
      reviews the possibilities of making war not love.
      So if you're who you think you are,
      and the people in this song don't seem as real as fruitcake [?],
      well, you know I must have sung it wrong.

    • *) There is a poor audience recording available as MP3
      here (Courtesy: Sam Thirouin). It's from the concert in Stoke-On-Trent, UK, March 16 1972.

    • Soirée
      A piece that has been occasionally quoted during My God, Bourée or Anderson's flute improvisations from 1972 up to 1994.

    • 1973

    • Sailor *
      The double album Jethro Tull planned early 1973 - for which they used the Chateau d'Hérouville studios in France - was never completed and parts of the material was never released on record. One of them is a three minute segment of a take that was never finished and is by Sam Therouin baptised as 'Sailor'. It definitely stems from the "Chateau D'isaster" tapes as it is crammed between the ending of Skating Away and the beginning of No Rehearsal. It was played live in August 1972. The lyrics are as follows:

    • "When the holy film director decides to take a look,
      refers to the pages of his holy book,
      sends the warm rain falling from the sky,
      if you've never been a sailor better try
      if you've never been a sailor you better try."

    • (This last phrase is repeated over and over again).
      * Jan Voorbij

    • *) Available as MP3 at here.

    • Top of page

    • 1974

    • Intro War Child Tour *
      Outtake of the War Child sessions, probably one of the pieces composed for the abandoned film project.
      *) Available as MP3
      here (Copenhagen, December 4 1974)..

    • The Beach, Parts 1 & 2
      Outtakes from the "War Child" sessions; played live but probably not recorded.

    • War Child Waltz *
      An unused piece from the "War Child" sessions also known as the Warchild Suite.
      *) Available as MP3
      here (courtesy Argus Wilson). This audience recording is from the show at the Seattle Coliseum, July 27 1975. It features the string quartet that toured with Tull during the Warchild shows plus some creative piano improvisation losely based on classical pieces by other artists and a part of "Reasons For Waiting". According to D. Cald, the piano piece in the middle of " War Child Waltz" is a piece by Debussy entitled " Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum" - played almost in its entirety.

    • How Much Is That Doggy In The Window *
      Played live at least during the 1974 concert in Copenhagen, Cardiff and during the Australian tour. It was played and sung by Jeffrey Hammond.
      *) Available as MP3
      here (Courtesy: Argus Wilson).

    • 1975

    • Last Night
      Instrumental played live at some 1975 shows.

    • Pop Goes The Weasel *
      Instrumental played live at least at the Los Angeles Forum, February 10th.
      *) Available as MP3
      here. (courtesy Keith Suding).

    • Keyboard Instrumental *
      Played live during the American leg of the Warchild tour, featuring John Evans on keyboards, who is accompanied by the string quartet that toured with Tull.
      *) Available as MP3
      here. This was was recorded at Providence, USA, March 6 1975.color="#FFFFFF" size="2" face="Arial">/p>

    • Instrumental *
      Another instrumental from the same tour, this one feautures Martin Barre.
      *) Available as MP3

    • Top of page

    • 1976

    • Instrumental *
      Audience recording of a guitar improvisation by Martin Barre from the "Too Old To Rock 'n Roll" tour. This one is from the Munich gig, May 15 1976.
      *) Available as MP3
      here .

    • Guitar Solo *
      Audience recording of a guitar improvisation by Martin Barre from the "Too Old To Rock 'n Roll" tour, also from the Munich gig.
      *) Available as MP3

    • Finale *
      Another instrumental piece played during this tour, also from the Munich gig.
      *) Available as MP3

    • Ninth Symphony *
      Parts of this Beethoven symphony (the second and fourth movements) were infrequently played from 1976 to 1979 when David Palmer was a Jethro Tull member.
      *) Available as MP3

    • Top of page

    • 1977

    • Ring Out, Solstice Bells (alternate version)
      This is an unused version of the "Songs From The Wood" track, recorded and mixed by Mike Batt.

    • Wardrobe Whopper *
      Played live at the London concert of February 10 1977. According to Laufi it's not a real song, but a 26 seconds sample of jamming in the studio. Sascha Kilian comments: "You can see and hear the exactly same version of the 'Songs from the wooden grammophone"-song in the BBC documentary 'Lively Arts' of January 11, 1980. The "clever" bootlegger took this part of the film, and some work-in-progress bits of "Dark ages" and put it on the a.m. CD. It's just Ian an the boys jamming away in the Whardrope, minutes before the gig".
      *) Available as MP3
      here (Courtesy:Argus Wilson).

    • Pomp And Circumstance *
      Played as a part of the Locomotive Breath medley, recorded in London for The BBC "Sight & Sound In Concert"programma, February 10 1977. It's England's unofficial anthem, Elgar's 'Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 in D, Op. 39 ', commonly known as 'Land Of Hope & Glory.
      *) Available as MP3

    • Top of page


    Continuation (1979 - 1988)
    Continuation (1989 - 2001)

    APP ballerina


    Introduction Site Map Site Search TullSongs TullAlbums TullScapes
    TullBooks TullClips TullLinks TullResources About & Awards

    Last modified: November 27, 2009

    © Jan Voorbij & Greg Russo - 1998-2009