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Jethro Tull

Aqualung [Two-CD/Two-DVD Box]

Aqualung [Two-CD/Two-DVD Box]

UPC: 825646487080

Format: CD & DVD (5 disc)

Release Date: Apr 22, 2016

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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).
Audio Mixer: Steven Wilson.
Liner Note Author: Dom Lawson.
Recording information: Island Studios (10/1970/02/1971).
Photographers: Norbert Unfried; Bubi Heilemann; Michael Putland; Barry Plummer; Michale Patland.
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.


Disc 1:
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
Disc 2:
1 - Lick Your Fingers Clean
2 - Just Trying to Be
3 - My God [Early Version]
4 - Wond'ring Aloud [13th December 1970]
5 - Wind-Up [Early Version]
6 - Slipstream [Take 2]
7 - Up the 'Pool [Early Version]
8 - Wond'ring Aloud , Again
9 - Life Is a Long Song [New Mix]
10 - Up the 'Pool [New Mix]
11 - Life Is a Long Song
12 - Up the 'Pool
13 - Dr Bogenbroom
14 - From Later
15 - Nursie
16 - Reprise Radio Advert
Disc 3:
1 - Aqualung [Remixed]
2 - Life Is a Long Song
Disc 4:
1 - Aqualung [Remixed] [Audio & Video]
2 - Life Is a Long Song [Audio & Video]
Disc 5:
1 - Aqualung [Audio & Video]