It would be possible to ignore the lyrics, as lyrics can usually be ignored, except that Anderson sings them so melodramatically. Nor is his theatricality appropriate to the ideas or words. More to the point, his lyrics are many degrees better than rock songwriters in any era. The list of rock musicians whose lyrics can be considered apart from the music and appraised as poetry is small, but Anderson is at the top of the list.
The fact that he was only 23 when Aqualung was recorded is remarkable enough; the fact that the themes and words in many ways remain relevant today is sufficient evidence of his genius. Pop Matters. Of course, he can also turn out to be Bob Dylan—it all depends on whether he rejected provincial values out of a thirst for more or out of a reflexive maybe even somatic negativism. Robert Christgau. In the space of one album, Tull went from relatively unassuming electrified folk-rock to larger-than-life conceptual rock full of sophisticated compositions and complex, intellectual, lyrical constructs.
With Aqualung and its preceding album, Benefitthe classic Jethro Tull sound solidified. After the blues influences of This WasTull began to integrate English folk and create its own brand of progressive rock. Maxwell Martello : A huge influence on heavy metal.
I love some of the songs, LP, but I could never get into the whole vibe. I put it on sometimes and I find myself either pushing the repeat or the skip button far too often. Vinnie Evanko : Great, great album. The Steven Wilson remix and bonus tracks are great. Pete Mineau : A true Classic Rock classic! Coming out in a year that produced a multitude of time-honored albums, Aqualung easily places in the top ten LPs of that era and is still, to this day, a great listen straight through!
Martin Barre is one of the most underrated guitarist in rock. This album proves he has the chops to be compared with the greats of AOR.
The lyrics are as brilliant as the music. Lisa Lodsun Vanden Heuvel : This reminds me of sitting on the beach at night in Ocean City, Maryland, listening to it play from the pier. Great album! I like the lyrics too, they definitely paint a picture and create great detailed imagery in your mind.
The musical accompaniment is of a good standard, though a little flat in timbre in a couple of spots. Jeff Tweeter : Hate to be the dick here, but I think this is an okay album. Alistair Gordon : The Steven Wilson remaster of this is stunning thoroughly recommend listening to it rather than the original the remaster really brings it to life.
Jethro Tull scores the hat trick with Aqualung. While there are plenty of folksy acoustic bits, it serves as counterpoint to the crunchy stuff.
Harrison Wells: Overall a brilliant album with no especially weak songs in my opinion, while LP me Aqualung, Mother Goose and My God are particularly excellent. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I hit play and heard the opening song.
Holy shit, it was actually good. The orchestral segments were arranged by Dee Palmerwho had worked with the band since 's This Wasand would later join as a keyboard player.
Aqualung would be the last Jethro Tull album to include Clive Bunker as a band member, as he retired shortly after recording to start a family. The songs on the album encompass a variety of musical genres, with elements of folkbluespsychedeliaand hard rock. Anderson claims his main inspirations for writing the album were Roy Harper and Bert Jansch. Aqualung has widely been regarded as a concept albumfeaturing a central theme of "the distinction between religion and God".
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 second side, titled My Godcontains 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". A interview included on Aqualung Live gives Anderson's thoughts on the matter: . I always said at the time that this is not a concept album; this is just an album of varied songs of varied instrumentation and intensity in which three or four are the kind of keynote pieces for the album but it doesn't make it a concept album.
In my mind when it came to writing the next album, Thick as a Brickwas done very much in the sense of: 'Whuh, if they thought Aqualung was a concept album, Oh! Okay, we'll show you a concept album. But Aqualung itself, in my mind was never a concept album. Just a bunch of songs. Drummer Clive Bunker believes that the record's perception as a concept album is a case of " Chinese whispers ", explaining "you play the record to a couple of Americans, tell them that there's a lyrical theme loosely linking a few songs, and then notice the figure of the Aqualung character on the cover, and suddenly the word is out that Jethro Tull have done a concept album".
The thematic elements Jethro Tull explored on the album—those of the effects of urbanisation on nature, and of the effects of social constructs such as religion on society—would be developed further on most of the band's subsequent releases. It was then released as a bonus track on the and reissues of Aqualung. Another song, "Wond'ring Again" Album) recorded on 21 June together with the original version of "Wond'ring Aloud" included as one single seven-minute song on the Steven Wilson remaster of associated recordings —, titled "Wond'ring Aloud, Again"and was considered for release on the album before Anderson decided to drop it from the final track listing.
A re-recording of "Wond'ring Aloud" was included on Aqualung. Glenn Cornick played bass on the song and says it is his favourite song he recorded with the LP. The album's original cover art by Burton Silverman features a watercolour portrait of a long-haired, bearded man in shabby clothes.
The idea for the cover came from a photograph Anderson's wife took of a homeless man on Thames Embankment, and Anderson later felt it would have been better to have used the photograph rather than commission the painting. The artwork was commissioned and purchased by Album) Records head Terry Ellis in The original artwork for both the front and back covers are missing. They were apparently stolen from a London hotel room,  or perhaps from Chrysalis' office during a robbery.
The quadraphonic version of "Wind Up", which is in a slightly higher key, is included on the later CD reissue of the album as "Wind Up quad version ". The single " Hymn 43 " was released on 14 Augustand reached number 91 on the Billboard Hot charts, LP, spending two weeks in the chart. The album was re-released in a 40th anniversary edition on 31 October The release contains a new stereo and 5.
So, some didn't rate it as highly as they should have. What we did with Aqualung was really make that record gleam in a way it never gleamed before. I think a lot of people, including myself, have come around to thinking that the album is a lot better than they even gave it credit for previously.
So, there is certainly something very gratifying about being able to polish what was already a diamond and making it shine in a way it never has before". Aqualung received mixed to favourable reviews from contemporary music critics. Rolling Stone magazine's Ben Gerson lauded its "fine musicianship", calling it "serious and intelligent", although he felt that the album's seriousness "undermined" its quality. In retrospective reviews the album is generally lauded and viewed as a classic.
Murphy also praised the additional material featured on the release, finding that the new content was "where a great album gets even better". Aqualung has also been appraised highly in retrospective listings, compiled by music writers and magazines see Accolades. All tracks are written by Ian Andersonexcept where noted.
Original North American Reprise Records pressings of Aqualung contained a slightly edited version of the title song, with its first three seconds i. These pressings correspondingly list the song's length at The edition was remastered by Steven Wilson of his remixed material as he didn't like Peter Mew's mastering. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Aqualung disambiguation. Jethro Tull. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 April All Media Network. Retrieved 10 April Media Control Charts.
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