FANS of classic rock band Jethro Tull are briefly living in the past thanks to the emergence on the Internet of a clip from a missing edition of Top of the Pops.
A 32-second excerpt from the group’s November ’69 performance of ‘Sweet Dream’ has been uploaded to YouTube, seemingly originating from an unidentified German documentary.
The clip sees the band, who came to be labelled under the ‘progressive rock’ banner, in fine form with iconic front man Ian Anderson giving a typically manic, one-legged performance on vocals and flute.
This is the first footage to surface from the 13/11/69 edition of Top of the Pops, which was introduced by DJ Alan “Fluff” Freeman and also featured studio performances by Fleetwood Mac (‘Oh Well’), Malcolm Roberts (‘Love Is All’) and The Tremeloes (‘Call Me Number One’).
‘Sweet Dream’ peaked at No. 7 in the UK charts. Of the band’s other TotP appearances, ‘Living In The Past’ from June ’69 is missing with January ’70’s ‘Witch’s Promise’ existing on colour VT (saved on an engineer’s compilation tape) and b/w telecine, and ‘Ring Out Solstice Bells’ (December ’76) still retained on colour VT. The September ’71 edition featuring a promo film for ‘Life’s A Long Song’ is also wiped but happily the promo itself is still around.