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Aqualung (Special Edition) [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Jethro Tull, Aqualung Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Jun 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Chrysalis/EMI
  • ASIN: B00000GAIW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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. Ian Anderson Interview
15. A Song For Jeffrey (Live)
16. Fat Man (Live)
17. Bouree (Live)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aqualung still shuffles the streets... 4 July 2000
Format:Audio CD
In 1971, Jethro Tull introduced the world to a mysterious, shady beggar 'Aqualung', so known because of his terrible cough. In the title song, Ian sings of this destitute vagabond's adventures and dirty habits. But where does Aqualung come from: is he a war veteran driven insane, or once a wealthy aristocrat? Whatever, Cross Eyed Mary is an acquaintance of his, similar in character. Ian then takes us to the village train station, whilst reminiscing of those wonderful rail memories in Cheap Day Return - a lovely acoustic song, only I wish it was longer. Mother Goose is the centre attraction at the Summer Fair as Aqualung rambles around. Amusing rendition. Then, it's by the river bank our unlikely hero is Wond'ring Aloud of past love lost in time; Up to Me is the more boisterous of times remembered, arguements with friends and relations, parties and raucous affairs. It is here Tull become more religious and philosophical. My God represents a more grim side to God's creation of Mankind, a strange yet appropriate sound to the deeper meaning of this song. Then, hearts are lifted as Tull take us to Church, Ian singing the loud 'Hymn 43'. Slipstream then carries us along Death's road, with God watching us contentedly. Locomotive Breath is perhaps one of the best ever Tull songs on any album. It's about a man who seems to be losing everything as he nears old age, ('sees his children drop at the stations, one by one') and the train represents how the man is frustrated at how God 'stolen the handle' and his luckless life has 'no way to slow down'. Clever symbolism involved here, and reflects our fears of dying. Wind-up is exactly that (well, on the original album) but it describes Aqualung's doctrinated childhood - through Ian Anderson's eyes. Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album lousy recording 16 July 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is one of the best albums in rock and roll. any jethro tull fan or non fan knows this so i will skip the part of reviewing the cd. however i must tell you not to spend your money on this cd because the cd that came out in the 80's is ten times better. first of all the quality is poor so poor that i regret buying it. i was misled by the fact that it said remasterd this cd is not remastered and the bonus tracks suck. in order to listen to this cd i have to turn the volume up so high that when i insert another cd it blasts the speaker right out of its sockets. do not waste any money on this cd and just keep the one you have with its original 11 tracks and wait until one day they get it right.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"Aqualung" is certainly the rawest of Jethro Tull's albums, as far from the artistic pretensions of "Thick as a Brick" and "Passion Play" as you can get in terms of their albums. This might have something to do with the album's mission statement, which is printed in old fashioned type on the linear notes: "In the beginning Man created God; and in the image of Man created he him....But as all these things did come to pass, the Spirit that did cause man to create his God lived on with all men: even within Aqualung. And man saw it not. But for Christ's sake he'd better start looking." Ironically, this is one of the few Jethro Tull albums where the lyrics are not printed despite the fact this is arguably the album where the lyrics mattereth the most.
The first "side" of the album, entitled "Aqualung" after the first and title track, offers nothing overt other than the idea of dismissing organized religion as "salvation à la mode and a cup of tea." However, the second side, "My God," makes its argument in earnest from the opening verse: "People - what have you done/locked Him in His golden cage/Made Him bend to your religion/Him resurrected from the grave." The Church of England is explicitly condemned for having supplanted the authenticity of the Christian religion with plastic crucifixes. "Hymn 43" continues this line of argument by suggesting that: "If Jesus saves - well, He'd better save Himself from the gory glory seekers who use His name in death." "Slipstream" offers a metaphorical look at sinners trying to save themselves at the last moment: "And you press on God's waiter your last dime/as he hands you the bill." That "Slipstream" comes right before "Locomotive Breath" makes sense when you look at the latter's lyrics in light of the former.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old hippy stuff? 29 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
Hands up, I've listened to this, on and off, since it was first released. But I'm amazed at your two-star reviewer's inability to bridge the 35-year gap between now and the original release.

Far from being happy hippy idealism, Anderson's songs (apart from the odd bit of whimsy) address his discomfort with the hypocrital aspects of organized religion, and the lot of those at the bottom end of the social scale ("Aqualung", "Cross-Eyed Mary").

Yes, the vehicle is rock music - but these subjects are still fuelling the best of (for instance) French rap today.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And still going strong 29 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was converted to lifelong Tull fan on the original release of this Album. It still contains some excellent material - some of which they still perform live to this day. As i write Tull are moving round the UK then heading off for another world tour - combining Acoustic (for the UK) and full Electric for most other places.

They still stand out as one of the most creative bands of not just their time - but of all time. Excellent is the only way to describe this album. If you want beyond excellence listen to the Passion Play.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aqualung
Not particularly my kind of music , but it's hard not to recognize the good quality of this pièce of work.
Published 2 months ago by Hans Westerlaken
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive collection
I haven't heard this album since I was a young teen! I found it a pleasing collection of tracks that differed in style, and discovered a few new favourites, too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan Bultitude
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
If you only ever but one Jethro Tull album then make it this one. A band at the peak of their powers.
Published 4 months ago by Martyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Tull
Doubt many people would be buying this these days without knowing what they're getting. I'm marking it down on the basis of sound quality not content as it's a bit quiet and in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must in everyones collection
I got in this in vinyl before it was released (father worked at the record factory) and for me it is the ultimate Jethro Tull. Read more
Published 7 months ago by knut a
4.0 out of 5 stars Jethro
I purchased this as it bought back many memories and also because Jethro Tull always fascinated me standing on one leg throughout his songs. Love it.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Elaine Sanders
2.0 out of 5 stars I missed the outbox
The cd was OK. So was the booklet and the jewelbox.
The photo shows a outher box with gold letters on it.
this box was not present. Read more
Published 10 months ago by kruip017
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Tull album
This was the album that finally cracked Tull as a fully formed progressively-minded band on both sides of the Atlantic and there is no denying that it is a great collection of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Aqualung - classic album
Been listening to this since it came out, when I was still at school. My vinyl copy is rather the worse for wear, but still listenable. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wanted this for ages and not dissapointed
Saw Jethro Till live when this came out . This brings backhappy memories of my youth and is part of my growing collection. Great CD.
Published 11 months ago by Chinatrader
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