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Jethro Tull: The String Quartets

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Throughout the 1970s prime of progressive rock, numerous bands took a “symphonic” approach, piling instruments into ornate soundscapes. But Jethro Tull earned that label more literally: Aided by orchestral arranger Dee Palmer, mastermind Ian Anderson composed masterpiece LPs like 1971’s Aqualung and the following year’s Thick as a Brick with space for legitimate string sections. On…