Jethro Tull - Aqualung - Reprise 1971

Jethro Tull Aqualung - front cover

front cover

Jethro Tull Aqualung - gatefold open

gatefold open

Jethro Tull Aqualung - rear cover

rear cover


Music - 5 stars

This is the record that catapulted Jethro Tull from a popular, idiosyncratic band into international rock Stars.
At this point JethroTull has become a vehicle for the flute wielding Ian Anderson, but he could't make this quality of music without a stable band of such high style and ability.

This is supposedly a concept album. It seems that Anderson is pretty annoyed at the state of mankind in general, and the omnipresent whipping boys God and Religion.
Anderson is not your garden variety misanthrope. All of this is seen through the insightful eyes and eloquent rhetoric of an unfortunate street tramp.

If you're not buying into all of this, [and I'm not sure I am] Aqualung is a collection of masterful songs weaving rock and folk together in a seamless way.
Nice cover art in the original vinyl releases

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There are quite a few Jethro Tull compilations of the Bands best in print but we can't recommend any as really definitive If you want a few records in your collection try "Stand Up". "Benefit", and "Aqualung" We Won’t Piss-off anybody off this way Jethro Tull albums get more challenging starting with "Thick as A Brick"[1972].This has one song taking up a whole album. The music is pretty good, but we have no idea what Anderson is talking about.

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