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Aqualung [Remaster]


  • 1. Aqualung
    2. Cross-Eyed Mary
    3. Cheap Day Return
    4. Mother Goose
    5. Wond'ring Aloud
    6. Up to Me
    7. My God
    8. Hymn 43
    9. Slipstream
    10. Locomotive Breath
    11. Wind-Up
    12. Lick Your Fingers Clean
    13. Wind-Up - (quad version)
    14. Excerpts From the Ian Anderson Interview
    15. Song For Jeffrey
    16. Fat Man
    17. Bouree
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 95401

  • Credits
    ProducerIan Anderson; Terry Ellis; Bernie Andrews; John Walters
    Engineer

    Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute); Martin Barre (guitar, descant recorder); Jeffrey Hammond (alto recorder, bass, background vocals); John Evan (piano, organ, Mellotron); Clive Bunker (drums, percussion).
    Recorded at Island Studios, London, England. Originally released as Reprise (2035).
    This reissue of AQUALUNG includes a 15-minute interview and 5 bonus tracks. The booklet contains 20 pages of lyrics, photographs and reviews.
    Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute); Martin Barre (electric guitar, descant recorder); Jeffrey Hammond (alto recorder, bass instrument, background vocals); John Evan (piano, organ, Mellotron); Clive Bunker (drums, percussion).
    The leap from 1970's BENEFIT to the following year's AQUALUNG is one of the most astonishing progressions in rock history. In the space of one album, Tull went from relatively unassuming electrified folk-rock to larger-than-life conceptual rock full of sophisticated compositions and complex, intellectual lyrical constructs. While the leap to full-blown prog-rock wouldn't be taken until a year later on THICK AS A BRICK, the degree to which Tull upped the ante here is remarkable. The lyrical concept--the hypocrisy of Christianity in England--is stronger than on most other '70s conceptual efforts, but it is ultimately the music that makes the album.
    Tull's winning way with a riff was never so arresting as on the chugging "Locomotive Breath," or the character studies "Cross Eyed Mary" and "Aqualung," which portray believably seedy participants in Ian Anderson's story. The fable imagery of "Mother Goose" and the vitriolic anti-authoritarian sentiments of "Wind Up" both serve notice of Anderson's willful iconoclasm and his disillusionment with the spiritual traditions to which he was born. Varied but cohesive, AQUALUNG is widely regarded as Tull's finest hour.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (10/11/01, p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...They were the most frazzled British art rockers of their day..."
    Q (7/96, p.140) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...occupies a special place in the idiosyncratic Tull pantheon. Many of its key songs have been lionised in live sets....The smaller stuff stands up well too..."
    Q (7/96, p.140) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...occupies a special place in the idiosyncratic Tull pantheon. Many of its key songs have been lionised in live sets....The smaller stuff stands up well too..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (3/01, p.57) - "...Demonstrates a new maturity in Ian Anderson's songwriting as he draws together disparate folk, jazz and heavy metal influences. The tramp on the cover quickly became the Tull persona in the public mind..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Even the mere stereo mix...is a work of immense subtlety which nevertheless lends a newfound clarity and immediacy to beloved old riffers..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "AQUALUNG was where Tull's then-daring mix of hard rock and folk melodies reached its apotheosis."
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