Jethro Tull Aqualung

Rolling Stone: 4 stars out of 5 - "...They were the most frazzled British art rockers of their day..."
Aqualung
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CD Details

  • Released: June 8, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: Capitol

Entertainment 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..."
Uncut - p.90
4 stars out of 5 -- "AQUALUNG was where Tull's then-daring mix of hard rock and folk melodies reached its apotheosis."
Mojo (Publisher)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Q]uintessential hard rockin' bucolic grot."
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..."

Tracks:

  • 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.Songs for Jeffrey
  • 16.Fat Man
  • 17.Bouree

Product Description:

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.
Composer: Ian Anderson .
Jethro Tull: Martin Barre (descant recorder); Jeffrey Hammond (bass instrument, background vocals); Clive Bunker, Ian Anderson , John Evan.
Personnel: Ian Anderson (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, flute); Martin Barre (guitar, electric guitar, descant, recorder); Jeffrey Hammond (alto recorder, bass guitar); Dee Palmer (saxophone, keyboards, synthesizer); John Evan (piano, organ, Mellotron, keyboards); Clive Bunker (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Island Studios, London, England.
Arrangers: Ian Anderson ; Dee Palmer.
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.

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