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Aqualung [40th Anniversary Special Edition] Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Product details

  • 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Aqualung (New Stereo Mix)
  2. Cross Eyed Mary (New Stereo Mix)
  3. Cheap Day Return (New Stereo Mix)
  4. Mother Goose (New Stereo Mix)
  5. Wond'ring Aloud (New Stereo Mix)
  6. Up To Me (New Stereo Mix)
  7. My God (New Stereo Mix)
  8. Hymn 43 (New Stereo Mix)
  9. Slipstream (New Stereo Mix)
  10. Locomotive Breath (New Stereo Mix)
  11. Wind Up (New Stereo Mix)

Disc: 2

  1. Lick Your Fingers Clean (New Mix)
  2. Just Trying To Be (New Mix)
  3. My God (Early Version)
  4. Wond'ring Aloud (13th December 1970)
  5. Wind Up (Early Version - New Mix)
  6. Slipstream (Take 2)
  7. Up The 'Pool (Early Version)
  8. Wond'ring Aloud, Again (Full Morgan Version)
  9. Life Is A Long Song (New Mix)
  10. Up The 'Pool (New Mix)
  11. Dr Bogenbroom (2011 - Remaster)
  12. From Later (2011 - Remaster)
  13. Nursie (2011 - Remaster)
  14. US Radio Spot

Product Description

Product Description

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.

Review

"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

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Format: Audio CD
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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*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2CD VERSION ***

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".
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Unbelievable. The BEAUTY of this 'new' sound is just a miracle. Lots of harmonies and instruments never hearded before, that give at the opus a new and more complex dimension; and a sense of richness in sound amazing to hear it. Listen to the fullness & great precision of the line basses, or the authority & majesty of electric guitars; and even the naturalness of voices & acoustic instruments... The depth of musical scene is amazing: I really don't believe that 40 years old tapes can sounds in this way.
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.
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By Mr. R. Powell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2012
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There's plenty of detail on some of the other reviews so I'll be brief. Suffice to say that this is an excellent example of the kind of improvements remastering can do when done properly. It can be heard as the first few chords of the title track boom out of your hi-fi, but if you want to hear the real improvements then turn to the one of the acoustic tracks. I don't know what kind of trickery Steve Wilson used to achieve these results (I know he descibes them in the booklet, but it's all Greek to me)but they are quite outstanding when compared to the previous re-issue. There's no need to to go back and forth between the previous re issue and this one, the difference is as plain as the nose on your face. The booklet has an interesting essay on the creation of the album plus the aforementioned input from Steve Wilson and the bonus tracks are enjoyable but without being essential. If I were to have one small gripe, and this is being picky, I'd have fore gone the bonus tracks to have the extra disc contain the 5.1 mix of the album. Judging by Steve Wilsons results on Opeth's Heritage he clearly knows how to get this right.

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.
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