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Aqualung [Bonus Tracks]
     

Aqualung [Bonus Tracks]

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by Jethro Tull
 

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Named after an innovator in the world of farm equipment and led by a codpiece-wearing flutist, this band seemingly had two strikes against it from day one. But Jethro Tull managed to craft some of the most enduring cerebro-rock of the '70s, highlighted by this still-bracing set. With its juxtaposition of power rock and bucolic folk, the twisting, turning title track

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Named after an innovator in the world of farm equipment and led by a codpiece-wearing flutist, this band seemingly had two strikes against it from day one. But Jethro Tull managed to craft some of the most enduring cerebro-rock of the '70s, highlighted by this still-bracing set. With its juxtaposition of power rock and bucolic folk, the twisting, turning title track distills the band's complex sound perfectly -- which helps explain its protracted reign on classic-rock radio. But that's not the whole story. Ian Anderson's complex, philosophical treatises -- characterized by "My God" and "Cross-Eyed Mary" -- delved deep into spirituality without engaging in proselytizing of any stripe. And for those who could care less about such tale spinning, Martin Barre unspooled scads of memorable, lapel-grabbing guitar riffs, like those that vein "Locomotive Breath" and "Wind-Up." That balance of darkness and light, heaviness and ethereality, brought Tull into the public consciousness, and -- that ill-fated Heavy Metal Grammy aside -- they reside there for millions to this day.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724349540125
catalogNumber:
954019
Rank:
9099

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jethro Tull   Primary Artist
Ian Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Vocals,Voices
Martin Barre   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Recorder,Descant
Clive Bunker   Percussion,Drums
John Evan   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Multi Instruments,Mellotron
David Palmer   Synthesizer,Conductor,Keyboards,Saxophone
Jeffrey Hammond   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Voices,Alto Recorder

Technical Credits

Ian Anderson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
John Burns   Engineer
David Palmer   Arranger
John Walters   Producer,Audio Production
Tony Wilson   Engineer
Allen Harris   Engineer
Bernie Andrews   Producer,Audio Production
John Bungey   Interviewer
Bob Conduct   Engineer
Burton Silverman   Painting Concept
Jennie Anderson   Composer
Terry Ellis   Producer,Audio Production

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Aqualung [Bonus Tracks] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I finding out that a person is better off with this CD, Stand up, and Benefit than "The Very Best of Jethro Tull". There are so many hits on this album, which you won't find on "The Very Best of Jethro Tull." Every song is great, artistic, and Ian's voice is at its best. The remastering was done very well also. My favorite song is My God. What a song. All the bonus tracks are also hits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aqualung is one of the most cleverly written albums to date. Ian Anderson's assault on the non-christian aroma that was becoming stench around the globe was very well executed. Ian's array of voice tones are still remarkable to this day. The title track is a surreal portrait of a very henious crime about to happen. The cerebral contents of this classic still amazes me to this day. A great buy for any music lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aqualung is an excellent album and although I have not heard this version with the bonus tracks I do own the originale version on Vinyl and it is a must have for any Tull fan and classic rock lover and I have heard a Song for Jeffree and it is an excellent song I fell in love with it immediatley a must have.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
The thing about Jethro Tull's Aqualung album is that it always seems to meet you wherever you are in life. Although the original album was subtitled "Aqualung" for side A (the first 6 songs) and "My God" for side B (the next 5 songs - not counting the bonus tracks), the attempt to see a theme anywhere in this album eludes examination, yet this is somehow a united collection of songs which make up an album that is best heard here and not in any greatest hits package. This is THE Jethro Tull album that has to be a part of any Rock collection worthy of the claim.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ian Anderson's brilliance is clearly demonstrated not only through the creative sound, but also the religious implications of his lyrics. Although this not Jethro Tull's greatest work, it still remains one of the best progressive rock albums of all time.
Cosmic_Messenger More than 1 year ago
Doesn't EVERYONE already own at least one copy of the album? Well, if you don¿t , what are you waiting for? This is a killer album and should be in everyone¿s collection. Every song on the original album is awesome including Aqualung, Cross-eyed Mary , Locomotive Breath, and Wind Up just to mention four and so are the bonus tracks including Bouree, Fat Man and Song for Jeffery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without question, this album belongs in any basic rock collection. It encompasses many of the features that have become the shortfalls of today's 'brief-term' music: quality, intelligent writing, strong instrumental skills and creativity. It also demonstrates that some of the best rock songs can actually exceed three minutes and still intrigue the listener. Although the title song suffered the same fate of the incessant overplaying of hits like Smoke on the Water and Stairway to Heaven, it's amazing how enjoyable it remains today. You could do worse than simply owning Aqualung and Thick As A Brick as your Tull portfolio. One last point: we need more TRUE classic rock stations that would play this CD in its entirety.
hambone More than 1 year ago
Ian Anderson's best work. His songs are mini stories and one can actually understand the words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a favorite of mine because of the lyrical content in the music. Ian Anderson tells a story in each of his songs on this album, and the whole album is a story book. I favor the songs: Aqualung, Cross-Eyed Mary, Cheap Day Return, Mother Goose, Wondrin' Aloud, and of course, Locomotive Breath. Aqualung is an outstanding choice to add to anyone's Jethro Tull collection.
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