Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971) [2007 US Reissue] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}


Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971)
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Classic Records ‎– ILPS 9145-200G (US Reissue, 2007, 200 g.) | Rock

Released at a time when a lot of bands were embracing pop-Christianity (à la Jesus Christ Superstar), Aqualung was a bold statement for a rock group, a pro-God antichurch tract that probably got lots of teenagers wrestling with these ideas for the first time in their lives. This was the album that made Jethro Tull a fixture on FM radio, with riff-heavy songs like “My God,” “Hymn 43,” “Locomotive Breath,” “Cross-Eyed Mary,” “Wind Up,” and the title track. And from there, they became a major arena act, and a fixture at the top of the record charts for most of the 1970s. Mixing hard rock and folk melodies with Ian Anderson’s dour musings on faith and religion (mostly how organized religion had restricted man’s relationship with God), the record was extremely profound for a number seven chart hit, one of the most cerebral albums ever to reach millions of rock listeners. Indeed, from this point on, Anderson and company were compelled to stretch the lyrical envelope right to the breaking point. [In the digital age, Aqualung has gone through numerous editions, mostly owing to problems finding an original master tape when the CD boom began. When the album was issued by Chrysalis through Columbia Records in the mid-’80s, the source tape was an LP production master, and the first release was criticized for thin, tinny sound; Columbia remastered it sometime around 1987 or 1988, in a version with better sound. Chrysalis later switched distribution to Capitol-EMI, and they released a decent sounding CD, as well as a 25th anniversary edition in 1996. Fifteen years later, the 40th anniversary was marked with varying editions, most of them including a previously unreleased stereo mix of the album plus additional recordings from 1970-71.]

AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

Tracklist
Aqualung
A1 Aqualung
A2 Cross-Eyed Mary
A3 Cheap Day Return
A4 Mother Goose
A5 Wond’ring Aloud
A6 Up To Me
My God
B1 My God
B2 Hymn 43
B3 Slipstream
B4 Locomotive Breath
B5 Wind-Up

– Ian Anderson / flute,acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
– Martin Barre / electric guitar, descant recorder
– Clive Bunker /drums, percussion
– John Evans / piano, organ, mellotron
– Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond / bass, alto recorder, backing vocals

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