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5.0 out of 5 stars The version we have all been waiting years for, 31 Oct. 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.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2011 00:30:10 GMT
Beppe JK says:
I agree, absolutely. An IN-CRE-DI-BLE work done by Mr. Wilson. An amazing sound, basses nearly PERFECTS, wonderful richness of sound, and lot of instruments unhearded before... It's just a MIRACLE.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2011 01:37:26 GMT
gigidunnit says:
Alas, I disagree, and I think if I ever get around to properly reviewing this set it will get 2 stars. The whole thing is compressed to death!

The same old thing with modern re-masters...compress compress compress. ALL the dynamics have gone. Listen to the title track...it's a disaster. When that big guitar riff comes back in, the volume actually seems to DROP...making it a weedy anti-climax. Every time the volume changes, the whole sound drops. In short, the clarity is excellent, but because of the compression it sounds AWFUL.

I'd give it the extra star for "Wondring Aloud, Again", but that version raises a lot of questions (like, why is the last verse played twice -- once at the end of "Aloud" and then at the end of "Again"? Surely it wasn't written like that!).

Sonically lovely, but dynamically atrocious. Buyer beware. Get this for sure, but keep your old version.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2011 15:07:10 GMT
I have just compared 2 previous CD issues and the vinyl. The 1983 release is miles too quiet and the 1998 issue is overall veiled.
For a slightly less compressed, but lacking in clarity release, go for the DCC issue.
I have done some measurements, there is only slight compression on this release, by todays standards.
For those interested here are the figures:

Analyzed folder: Jethro Tull - Aqualung (1971) 40th Anniversary\DISC 1 - New Aqualung Stereo Mix
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DR Peak RMS Filename
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DR12 -1.01 dB -16.25 dB 01 Aqualung
DR11 -1.34 dB -14.22 dB 02 Cross-Eyed Mary
DR15 -3.13 dB -22.45 dB 03 Cheap Day Return
DR14 -1.39 dB -18.73 dB 04 Mother Goose
DR15 -1.23 dB -20.29 dB 05 Wond'ring Aloud
DR12 -1.39 dB -15.35 dB 06 Up To Me
DR13 -0.94 dB -17.95 dB 07 My God
DR12 -0.92 dB -14.35 dB 08 Hymn
DR15 -1.53 dB -21.52 dB 09 Slipstream
DR14 -1.06 dB -17.55 dB 10 Locomotive Breath
DR13 -1.28 dB -17.85 dB 11 Wind-Up
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Number of files: 11
Official DR value: DR13

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Beppe JK says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2011 14:30:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2011 14:31:03 GMT
To gigidunnit:
A quote from Ian Anderson "A few weeks ago, I heard some of the tracks digitally remixed from the original masters by somebody with a fresh pair of ears. He kept the feeling of the original, but gave it a lot more weight, made it sound more solid and clear."

Posted on 2 Dec 2011 10:38:57 GMT
EvilC says:
Agree with key point regarding previous issues. It is great that companies such as EMI do, from time to time, release quality versions from their back catologue at a time when many recordings are so badly produced and packaged.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 17:46:52 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2016 18:55:59 GMT
T. S. T. says:
This is not a right or wrong question. If you like it the way it was remixed, that's ok. I personaly don't like to hear acoustic part of Aqualung mixed with a lot of reverb. I like it "dry". It's only a matter of taste.

Posted on 7 Feb 2016 15:07:59 GMT
Agree 100% Derek, at last, a PROPER...remastering of a favourite album, including the superb 1971 EP "Life's A Long Song".
I purchased the previous 1998 (Remastering?) which basically was RUBBISH! and the CD jumped as well.
I have also purchased the superb 40th Anniversary "Thick As A Brick" which also suffered dodgy remastering first time round.
Well Done Steve Wilson!
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