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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 (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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JETHRO TULL

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On a previous review (Procol Harum on that occasion) I mentioned various JETHRO TULL & PROCOL HARUM parallels e.g.the two great albums in the same year ... Broken Barricades(Procol) and TULL'S legendary "AQUALUNG"

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".
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Bought this sublime Tull album (yet again) to replace my outgoing version (the woefully remastered 25 year Anniversary edition. What next? A 50th golden anniversary version?).

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.
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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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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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