Jethro Tull - Aqualung

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Aqualung is the fourth studio album by British progressive rock band Jethro Tull, originally released in March 1971 via Chrysalis Records.

Formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967, Jethro Tull initially played blues rock and soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge their signature sound. The band was led by vocalist/flautist/guitarist Ian Anderson, and featured a revolving door of lineups through the years. The group first achieved commercial success with 1969's folk-tinged blues album Stand Up, reaching No. 1 on the UK charts, followed by the RIAA Gold Certified Album Benefit in 1970. Their musical style shifted in the direction of progressive rock with the albums Aqualung (1971), Thick as a Brick (1972) and A Passion Play (1973), and shifted again to hard rock mixed with folk rock with Songs from the Wood (1977) and Heavy Horses (1978). Selling more than 60 million albums worldwide, with 11 gold and five platinum albums among them, Jethro Tull have been described by Rolling Stone as "one of the most successful and eccentric progressive rock bands".

 

Aqualung is regarded as a concept album featuring a central theme of discerning between religion and God. The album also contained more acoustic material than previous releases and was something of a departure from the band's previous work. Aqualung's success signalled a turning point in the band's career, who went on to become a major radio and touring act.

The album was recorded at Island Records' studio in London, and was their first album with John Evan (keyboards) as a full-time member of the band, their first with new bassist Jeffrey Hammond and the last album featuring Clive Bunker on drums.

The initial idea for the album was sparked by some photographs that Anderson's wife Jennie took of homeless people on the Thames Embankment. The appearance of one man in particular caught the interest of the couple, who together wrote the title song "Aqualung". The first side of the LP, titled Aqualung, contains several character sketches, including the eponymous character of the title track, and the schoolgirl prostitute Cross-Eyed Mary, as well as two autobiographical tracks, including "Cheap Day Return", written by Anderson after a visit to his critically ill father.

The second side, titled My God, contains three tracks—"My God," "Hymn 43" and "Wind-Up"—that address religion in an introspective, and sometimes irreverent, manner. However, despite the names given to the album's two sides and their related subject matter, Anderson has consistently maintained that Aqualung is not a "concept album". The follow-up album Thick As A Brick was written explicitly as a "spoof" of progressive rock concept albums in reaction to music critics and commentators regarding Aqualung.

Aqualung has sold more than seven million units worldwide according to Anderson, and is thus the band's best selling album. It was generally well-received critically, and has been included on several music magazine "best of" lists. The album spawned two singles, Hymn 43 and Locomotive Breath.

The album's original cover art by Burton Silverman features a watercolour portrait of a long-haired, bearded man in shabby clothes. The idea being related to the photograph taken by Anderson's wife of homeless people. The reverse side of the album cover is designed in gothic script and sketched style, with a biblically styled 'genesis' description of the album to the right of the track listing.

Check out a couple of tracks from the album:  Cross-Eyed MaryHymn 43, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath.

This LP Record is a "Vinyl Collector Series" reissue (May 2015) on 180 Gram Vinyl featuring the 2011 Steven Wilson Stereo Remix, with Digital Download Code and 24 Page Booklet, pressed in Europe.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Track

Time

 

Side 1: Aqualung

 

A1

Aqualung

6:37

A2

Cross-Eyed Mary

4:09

A3

Cheap Day Return

1:23

A4

Mother Goose

3:53

A5

Wond'ring Aloud

1:56

A6

Up To Me

3:15

 

 

Side 2: My God

 

B1

My God

7:13

B2

Hymn 43

3:19

B3

Slipstream

1:13

B4

Locomotive Breath

4:26

B5

Wind-Up

6:08

 

SKU 0825646146604
Record Label Chrysalis Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 0825646146604
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 25 May 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 19 March 1971
Barcode # 0825646146604
Shipping Weight 0.5450kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Reissue, Featuring the 2011 Steven Wilson Stereo Remix, Issued in a Gatefold Sleeve with 24 Page Booklet, Ditigal Download Code, "Vinyl Collector Series"
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Format VINYL LP

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