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Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 337/500!
Highly Recommended by Elusive Disc!
1971 saw the release of some of the greatest pop/rock albums of all time: Imagine, Pearl, Sticky Fingers, Whos Next, Tupelo Honey, Surfs Up, Fragile, Led Zeps IV, Muswell Hillbillies, Tapestry, Whats Going On? and both Madman Across the Water and Tumbleweed Connection are just some of the iconic titles that hit the stores that year. Add Aqualung and thats quite an output for a twelve month span.
Generally considered the pinnacle of the bands recorded output, front-man Ian Andersons songwriting was quickly evolving from British folk-blues roots and helping define prog-rock. While definitely pushing the envelope for the era in taking on the subjects of God and organized religion, it was guitarist Martin Barre who was establishing equal ground with Andersons flute as an instrumental voice of the band. Joining Tull after Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath) who himself had replaced original guitarist Mick Abrahams (Blodwyn Pig, Mick Abrahams Band) departed after only a few days, both Barres opening riffs and lead breaks became indelibly imprinted to generations of classic rock.
Songs such as My God, Hymn 43, Locomotive Breath, Cross-Eyed Mary, Wind Up and of course the title tune became FM radio staples and are in-demand concert favorites to this day.
The Classic Records reissue of Aqualung was cut from the original analog master tapes obtained from Ian Anderson on Classic's "all tube" cutting system by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman mastering. This version features, for the first time since the original Chrysalis release, an authentic faux linen textured gatefold jacket and original label art. Pressed on Classics 200g Super Vinyl Profile this will be the definitive version - period!
"This newest Aqualung is the definitive version and if you love this record, its worth money. You will hear musical details and colors not previously revealed on any other version and Mr. Andersons vocals will literally be in your lap, they are so purely and intimately rendered on Bellmans cut. On no other version do the acoustic guitars have both believable attack and sustain." - Michael Fremer, musicangle.com Click Here to read the entire review!
"Jethro Tull were hairy prog-rock philosophers who decried organized religion ("Hymn 43") and modern hypocrisy ("Aqualung") while managing to incorporate flute solos. With several FM-radio hits, this was the record that made Tull into a major arena band. The cover painting gave Seventies kids nightmares." - www.rollingstone.com
Original Label Art
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
10. Locomotive Breath