What a really good idea. Get a supergroup into a small radio studio and ask them to reproduce entirely, live, one of their most successful albums. Don't allow any retakes (well one or two) and give it a 'playing in the front room' ambiance. If like me, just the thought of having Jethro Tull do this is enough to make your reach for the One-Click button, then do not resist the temptation to do so.
Jethro Tull, or more precisely the remaining members, Anderson and Barre, augmented by some very fine young musicians, authentically reproduce their former glory - live! Complete and with additional dialogue at the end of the CD in order to avoid interrupting the flow.
You are undoubtedly reading this because like many of us old 'wrinklies' you owned and loved the original and are intrigued about how well it has survived the last 30-odd years. Even if you have the excellently re-mastered original version on CD, you will want to own this live event as well because it really does not disappoint at all.
The execution by the band is flawless. Whether or not you agree with the content of Anderson's transparently cynical and hectoring message about organised religion, the quality of the music has a timeless feel and stands up against anything from the current cadre of angry young men on MTV2. Of course, you try telling younger people that nowadays and they won't believe you!
Listening to Ian Anderson in full flood on either flute or acoustic guitar I am reminded again that he is a musical virtuoso. The solo acoustic guitar introduction to 'My God' is a wonderful piece of composition for guitar in its own right.
This particular version of Aqualung, is required listening for any serious appreciation of how to compose, arrange and deliver first class adult orientated rock music, with a message.