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The version we have all been waiting years for
on 31 October 2011
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.