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Aqualung [40th Anniversary Special Edition] Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B00EMKVCWO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Commemorative 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition of the classic 1971 album Aqualung. The double disc pack contains a previously unreleased stereo mix of the original album, plus additional recordings from 1970 and 1971.

Review

"Here then at last is the all-singing, all dancing, impossibly completist and sumptuous version comprising LP, double CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, plus a book by CR's own Dom Lawson.
It sounds fantastic, the acoustic tracks in particular benefiting from a crisp and shiny sense of space and immediacy. Aqualung's position in the pantheon of classic rock albums is assured."
-- Classic Rock - November 2011 - 8/10

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Derek Carpenter on 31 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I won't go into detailed warblings about each track, much has been written over the years.

After many remastering attempts over the years, from dubious sourced tapes. Steve Hoffman came close, with his Ian Anderson sourced master tape, and the DCC 1997 issue.

This issue has, at last, been compiled from the original 16 and 8 track tapes, analogue to digital multi track transfer by Abbey Road, then passed on to Steven Wilson for expert remastering.
Keeping as close as possible to the original mix he has done an excellent job of bringing out a lot of previously hidden detail whilst managing to remove a lot of the previous issues/tape flaws.

If you have loved this album, but always been disappointed with the quality of previous issues, then this release is for you.

As a bonus the different versions on disc 2 are worth having, notibly the 9+ minute version of "My God" and early versions of "Wond'ring Aloud"

Thank you to EMI and Steve Wilson for at last giving us the album we Jethro Tull fans have long been hoping for.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2CD VERSION ***

Little will prepare Tull fans for this. The sonic improvement and clarity on this 2CD remix/remaster is off-the-charts good - a truly fantastic improvement.

A little history is needed to explain this - the CD reissues of this acknowledge gem have been fraught with so-so versions - a duffer bare-bones 1st outing in 1987, a 25th Anniversary attempt in 1996 (which to my ears is one of the worst remasters I've ever heard) and a much better shot at it by the audiophile company DCC in the States a year later. Good rather than great. We'll at last - for it's 40th anniversary in 2011 - EMI UK finally gets it right.

Here are the details first - UK released Monday 31 Oct 2011, "Aqualung 40th Anniversary Special Edition" is a 2CD set on EMI/Chrysalis AQUAS 1 (5099908799920) and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (43:25 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are their 4th album "Aqualung" - released 19 March 1971 in the UK on Chrysalis ILPS 9145 and 3 May 1971 in the USA on Reprise MS 2035. It reached number 4 and 7 on the UK and US LP charts. No 45's were released to support the album in the UK, but "Hymn 43" was put out as a 7" single in the USA with "Mother Goose" as its B-side on Reprise 1024.

Disc 2 (44:51 minutes):
Track 1 is "Lick Your Fingers Clean" - an album outtake that first appeared on the 1996 25th Anniversary reissue - this is a 2011 'New Mix'. It was supposed to be released as a single in 1971 on Chrysalis WIP 6098 in the UK, but was withdrawn
Track 2 is "Just Trying To Be" - first appeared as the last track on Side 2 of the July 1972 double album "Living In The Past".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Powell on 16 Jan. 2012
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There's plenty of detail on some of the other reviews so I'll be brief. Suffice to say that this is an excellent example of the kind of improvements remastering can do when done properly. It can be heard as the first few chords of the title track boom out of your hi-fi, but if you want to hear the real improvements then turn to the one of the acoustic tracks. I don't know what kind of trickery Steve Wilson used to achieve these results (I know he descibes them in the booklet, but it's all Greek to me)but they are quite outstanding when compared to the previous re-issue. There's no need to to go back and forth between the previous re issue and this one, the difference is as plain as the nose on your face. The booklet has an interesting essay on the creation of the album plus the aforementioned input from Steve Wilson and the bonus tracks are enjoyable but without being essential. If I were to have one small gripe, and this is being picky, I'd have fore gone the bonus tracks to have the extra disc contain the 5.1 mix of the album. Judging by Steve Wilsons results on Opeth's Heritage he clearly knows how to get this right.

Because of my experience with other re-masters (Quadrophenia, Paranoid) where there really was no difference between the new remaster and old edition I held fire on buying this for a while. If you're doing the same for the same reason, don't. I can assure you you won't be disappointed.

Oh and a quick word on the album itself. Prog rock at its majestic best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Rafferty on 6 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
[Review of 2-CD version] Veteran Tull fans could be forgiven for approaching yet another cd issue of Aqualung with some scepticism. Can we really fork out more cash on an album we've owned since God was a boy? Fear not, I must say this remixed anniversary edition does indeed remove a sonic veil from previous CD issues. Everything is clearer, crisper and has more impact. And the CD of extras is well worthwhile too. Some nice alternative and remixed versions here. Nothing too radical or different really, although a driving version of Wind-Up and an early version of My God are stand-outs for me. And I've always loved Up The 'Pool. (In his review here, Mark Berry gives a detailed and spot-on assessment of individual tracks on each cd.)

The enclosed booklet is nicely presented and is a pretty interesting read. I was a little surprised that lyrics aren't included, but maybe I can't truly claim to need them after all this time. But it would have been nice, and really useful for anyone new to the album. And I'm afraid that £85 to get them with the deluxe box set is a bit too steep. Unless I can swap a few of my earlier, inferior Aqualung cds for it ;-)

In summary, whether or not you're already a fan then buy this and (re)discover a masterpiece as it was meant to be heard. The sound alone makes it a five-star purchase.
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