Jethro Tull - Aqualung

 (Steven Wilson Mix)




180-gram vinyl plus 24-page booklet

Stereo mix by Steven Wilson

Booklet cover is reproduction of the original gatefold cover

A 2015 vinyl version of Jethro Tull's 1971 classic, Aqualung. 180-gram vinyl includes a 24-page booklet in a reproduction of the original gatefold cover.

Mastered from Steven Wilson's 40th Anniversary stereo mix from 2011.

Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. The breakthrough came when they were offered the Thursday night residency at London's famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street, Soho.

The early Jethro Tull released their first Blues-oriented album, This Was, in the latter part of 1968 before moving on to more home-grown and eclectic efforts in 1969 with Stand Up and a flutter of single releases, including "Living In The Past," in the UK market.

Benefit, Aqualung, and Thick As A Brick followed and the band's success grew internationally. Various band members came and went, but the charismatic front man and composer, flautist and singer Ian Anderson continued, as he does to this day, to lead the group through its various musical incarnations.

 



Side 1
1. Aqualung
2. Cross-eyed Mary
3. Cheap Day Return
4. Mother Goose
5. Wond’ring Aloud
6. Up To Me

Side 2
7. My God
8. Hymn 43
9. Slipstream
10. Locomotive Breath
11. Wind Up

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Sightly better than MoFi

posted on 12/13/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: Brian
I have had this album, in one form or another, ever since I can remember. For the last several years I have been happy with the Mobile Fidelity version of this album. This Steve Wilson remix is slightly better.

The first thing you notice is the part in the song "Aqualung" that strips the instruments from the song. You know, the part that starts, "Sun streaking cold, an old man wanders lonely..." On this album, you can really hear the echo effect. I heard the effect on the MoFi version, but not to this extent - this album brought goose bumps when I heard that. To me, the MoFi version is a little light, maybe thin, sounding. This album is more robust - deeper bass and more three dimensionality. I was able to make our more words on this album than on the MoFi version.

To me, this album matches the original album, except for a slight difference in the last songs on each side. Neither difference is distracting at all; they are just a little different in small places.

Overall, very nice.


Brilliant Steven Wilson Remix

posted on 06/09/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: audiofan
Simply put, this is a stunning remix, and by far the best-sounding version of this iconic title I've ever heard. For the purists concerned with the sound remaining true to the 1971 version: it is, after all, a remix, but as Wilson states in the included booklet, "...my aim when remixing a classic album like this is to be faithful to the original - no attempt was made to "modernize" the mix..." Indeed, it is remarkably close to the '71 mix, but with greater detail retrieval, separation, and overall depth & "air". It was "transferred (from the master tapes) to 96K/24 bit and remixed in Logic Audio 9.1.4." This record does NOT sound "digital" at all, however. It simply sounds amazing. The vinyl is flawless - flat and very quiet/well-pressed. Bravo, Steven Wilson!


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