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Aqualung (Special Edition) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (8 Jun. 1998)
  • Special Edition edition
  • 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 (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,348 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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Back in the tenement fog of Monday the 31st of October 2011 – I got terribly excited about the 2CD variant of the '40th Anniversary' Reissue of Jethro Tull's "Aqualung". Remastered with real skill and care by Porcupine Tree's STEVE WILSON – compared to the audio dreck we'd had for nearly 30 years – the 2011 2CD set was/is a sonic revelation. Out of my financial reach at the time (and the same for most everyone else I suspect) – there was also a 2011 5-Disc 'Collector's Edition' of "Aqualung" with LP, CDs, DVD and BLU RAY that was pricey then and has become something of an extortionate collectable ever since.

Well along comes Chrysalis in April 2016 and offers up a cheaper alternative - a fully-loaded 'Adapted Version' of that Super Deluxe 'Collector's Edition' Box set – this time with 2CDs and 2DVDs clipped inside a beautifully packaged 80-page Book Pack. It's the same Remastering from 2011 but 'newly' handled in 2016 'only' by Steve Wilson with some multitrack transfers by KRIS BURTON. The Audio is fabulous - it's packaged better and at under a twenty-spot - priced to sell. Here are the snots running down my nose...

UK released Friday 22 April 2016 - "Aqualung: 40th Anniversary Adapted Edition" by JETHRO TULL on Chrysalis 0825646487080 (Barcode is the same) is a 4-Disc REISSUE BOOK SET consisting of 2CDs and 2DVDs (1 is Audio, 2 is Audio and Video) that plays out as follows:

Disc 1 (43:45 minutes):
1. Aqualung
2. Cross-Eyed Mary
3. Cheap Day Return
4. Mother Goose
5. Wond’ring Aloud
6. Up To Me
7. My God [Side 2]
8. Hymn 43
9. Slipstream
10. Locomotive Breath
11.
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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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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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A difficult one to review this. Should I just review the music, should I review the product or should I review the fact this product exists at all? Let's do the music first, just in case there is anyone reading this who is unfamiliar with this classic album. For me this is my favourite Tull album, a wonderful smorgasbord of hard rock and acoustic folk rock. As Dom Lawson says in his interesting essay on the album, the opening chords to the title track is one of Prog Rocks great intros blasting out of the speakers. You know something special has arrived, the song then calms down to gentle acoustic verse, before it slowly builds back up to the rocking levels of the intro. No wonder this has been a concert favourite for so many years. Another classic rocker follows, Cross Eyed Mary before we get a series of the gentler acoustic tracks such as Cheap Day Return and Mother Goose, a particular favourite of mine. It's this mixture of acoustic and electric that makes the album so interesting. On some of the albums that followed, David (Dee) Palmer's orchestrations were allowed, in my opinion, to smother the music, they were too intrusive, but here they are rightly kept to minimum, only being used to bring a bit of extra depth when needed.

This is one of the great Prog Rock albums that deserves special treatment, which brings us nicely to the product. I've got quite a few of these Steven Wilson re-mixes with 5.1 surround sound, and I've been impressed with all of them, this one is no different. DVD 1 has the album and seven of the associated 70/71 recordings in 5.1 plus a further 3 of the associated recordings in LPCM stereo. Like the other 5.1 re-mixes Mr Wilson has done, this sounds mightily impressive, as I've said before is there any better music for 5.
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