Jethro Tull

Aqualung - Chrysalis 1971

Tracks: 1. Aqualung / 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 / 9. Slipstream / 10. Locomotive Breath / 11. Wind Up / 12. Lick Your Fingers Clean / 13. Wind Up / 14. Excerpts from the Ian Anderson Interview / 15. Song for Jeffrey / 16. Fat Man / 17. Bouree


I remember when Aqualung was just released, and everybody had the album. It was extremely popular here in Denmark, along with "Who`s Next" and the Led Zeppelin and Ten Years After albums. It probably Tull`s most hard-rocking album, and at least at that time it was comsidered "heavy" rock. I saw them perform in Holstebro with new member John Evan - and it was really a great hard rocking performance; I was very impressed by guitarist Martin Barre.

Songs like "Locomotive Breath" and "Aqualung" are great live rockers - but also very melodic. I never cared much for "Cross-Eyed Mary", "Hymn 43" and "Up to Me", but acoustic songs like "Cheap Day Return", "Mother Goose" and "Wondering Aloud" and still favourites of mine. "My God" is too much an integrated part of the album-concept to be judged on its own. The highlight is the great finale "Wind Up"

There are six bonus tracks. "Lick Your Finger Clean" is okay for an outtake. The alternate version of "Wind Up" is interesting, but not nearly as good as the released version. The Ian Anderson interview is very interesting, as is the BBC takes of "Song for Jeffrey", "Fat Man" and "Bouree".

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