- Audio CD (31 Oct. 2011)
- Special Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
- Label: EMI Records
- ASIN: B00EMKVCWO
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Aqualung [40th Anniversary Special Edition] Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Commemorative 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition of the classic 1971 album Aqualung. The double disc pack contains a previously unreleased stereo mix of the original album, plus additional recordings from 1970 and 1971.
"Here then at last is the all-singing, all dancing, impossibly completist and sumptuous version comprising LP, double CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, plus a book by CR's own Dom Lawson.
It sounds fantastic, the acoustic tracks in particular benefiting from a crisp and shiny sense of space and immediacy. Aqualung's position in the pantheon of classic rock albums is assured."
-- Classic Rock - November 2011 - 8/10
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Little will prepare Tull fans for this. The sonic improvement and clarity on this 2CD remix/remaster is off-the-charts good - a truly fantastic improvement.
A little history is needed to explain this - the CD reissues of this acknowledge gem have been fraught with so-so versions - a duffer bare-bones 1st outing in 1987, a 25th Anniversary attempt in 1996 (which to my ears is one of the worst remasters I've ever heard) and a much better shot at it by the audiophile company DCC in the States a year later. Good rather than great. We'll at last - for it's 40th anniversary in 2011 - EMI UK finally gets it right.
Here are the details first - UK released Monday 31 Oct 2011, "Aqualung 40th Anniversary Special Edition" is a 2CD set on EMI/Chrysalis AQUAS 1 (5099908799920) and breaks down as follows:
Disc 1 (43:25 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are their 4th album "Aqualung" - released 19 March 1971 in the UK on Chrysalis ILPS 9145 and 3 May 1971 in the USA on Reprise MS 2035. It reached number 4 and 7 on the UK and US LP charts. No 45's were released to support the album in the UK, but "Hymn 43" was put out as a 7" single in the USA with "Mother Goose" as its B-side on Reprise 1024.
Disc 2 (44:51 minutes):
Track 1 is "Lick Your Fingers Clean" - an album outtake that first appeared on the 1996 25th Anniversary reissue - this is a 2011 'New Mix'. It was supposed to be released as a single in 1971 on Chrysalis WIP 6098 in the UK, but was withdrawn
Track 2 is "Just Trying To Be" - first appeared as the last track on Side 2 of the July 1972 double album "Living In The Past".Read more ›
And great choise in extras: the whole 4th LIVING IN THE PAST side, recorded in same sessions or five months later, plus VERY interesting alternate takes and first versions (MY GOD in particular).
About packaging, great value, with notes, photos, credits.
One of the best re-edition ever done, simply. Thanks, Mr.Wilson, God bless you.
Because of my experience with other re-masters (Quadrophenia, Paranoid) where there really was no difference between the new remaster and old edition I held fire on buying this for a while. If you're doing the same for the same reason, don't. I can assure you you won't be disappointed.
Oh and a quick word on the album itself. Prog rock at its majestic best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The point is: which sounding is better to you? Do you want to listen the same sounding, EQ and mixes as they were presented in your old vinyl and broadcasted on radio? Read morePublished 11 months ago by T. S. T.
This is a better recording than the one I had witch was a remastered SNS 16bit version. One of Ian's better Albums IMO.Published 12 months ago by A. J. Harknett
As this is one of my fave Jethro Tull albums, i might have to list it in my top 10 albums of all time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peter L. Crisp
Probably the most famous Tull album that I first heard and purchased in 1976. It stands the test of time.Published 16 months ago by A P W Hunter
If you love this album in it's original mix, but feel the sound quality isn't great, (and lets face it, even the '96 remaster wasn't that much better than the original album on... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dave B
Brilliant and I haven't been able to listen to all of it, the recording quality is excellent. Jethro Tull at their best.Published 21 months ago by Triple J
Amazing sound! This re-mixing and re-mastering is THE CD to buy if your looking for a digital version of the record. Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. A. Holmquist