- 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 (68 customer reviews)
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Aqualung (Special Edition) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Aqualung is another of those albums that classic rock aficionados bought in their droves via the original vinyl copy. It's also one of those albums that's like going back to an old friend every time you revisit. As with anything of genuine quality, "AQUALUNG" has stood the test of time - taking you on superb musical journey that might arguably be the zenith of one of the top British rock bands. However, fans of some of TULL'S other great works e.g. "STAND UP" might beg to differ.
"AQUALUNG" also has a certain thematic continuity about it that gave rise to fans dubbing it a "concept album" upon its release. Concepts became all the rage at one time of course. Tull's theatric bandleader, songwriter/vocalist/acoustic guitar and dancing flute man - Ian Anderson would - and does - argue that "Aqualung" is actually not a concept - but just a bunch of songs.
However as Ian himself confesses, there are threads running through it and reoccuring characters like poor old "Aqualung" himself and introducing "Cross-eyed Mary" etc. There is also Ian Anderson's interesting take on organised religion ... the "MY GOD" section of the record. However the "concept" of debating "concepts" actually becomes irrelevant when discussing the music itself.
On "AQUALUNG" the material rocks but with quieter contrasts. "CROSS EYED MARY" for example builds beautifully against the swelling backdrop of a mellotron sound (if I'm not mistaken) .... and included on the original side one, is the fine acoustic number "WOND'RING ALOUD".Read more ›
Anyway, I won't comment on the material (what could I add that hasn't already been expressed - and probably better too?) This review is just a comment about this Steven Wilson remixed version. Simply put he has made a stunning job of it. The sound is bigger, warmer with added detail that really brings out the nuances of the instrumentation. In fact at times it is a revelation: I am hearing new sounds hitherto buried in the mix. And yet, thankfully, this is far from as radical as it may sound as the whole enterprise has been clearly done with the skill and love of someone who clearly wants to remain as sympathetic to the source material as possible. In short this sounds just the same as the album you already love - just so much better (and - according to Ian Anderson - like the album was supposed to sound like originally were it not for the technical and recording difficulties the band experienced while recording it).
In conclusion, if you have any other version of this seminal album (perhaps other than on vinyl) don't hesitate and buy with confidence: you're in for an aural treat.
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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This is for the S. Wilson remix edition....As with all earlier JT albums the initial recordings and pressings were patchy and the sound quality was limited to the tech available at... Read morePublished 20 days ago by a r jones
It wasn't exactly the CD I thought I was buying, but actually sounds pretty reasonable. I commented and the company offered to take it back, but I'm happy enough at the price.Published 2 months ago by Iain Scott
One of the best record in the history. I love that record every song is like a pearl. There are not weaks points. The second one is Tick as a Brick!Published 2 months ago by Pawel Malawski
One of my all time favourite albums, great JT tracks at their best in my opinion.
I still remember the sheer awesome sound /power of Locomotive Breath when they played the... Read more
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