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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

 (45 RPM 200 Gram Double LP on Clarity Vinyl)


Label:

Analogue Productions

Genre:

Pop/Rock

Product No.:
AUHQR 0003-45
UPC: 753088034572
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UHQR Vinyl Record


No. of Discs: 2

 

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The pinnacle of high-quality vinyl — the Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR®) from Analogue Productions!

Definitive handmade limited run reissue of Jethro Tull's classic Aqualung

Remastered by Chris Bellman from the original master tapes

Stereo 45 RPM 200-gram double LP release limited to 5,000 gold foil numbered copies

Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using Clarity Vinyl on a manual Finebilt press

Purest possible pressing and most visually stunning presentation and packaging!

17th Annual Positive Feedback Writers' Choice Awards for 2020
Recording of the Year: Rock recording, LP

"Get this UHQR before it goes out-of-print! You won't be sorry!" — Myles B. Astor, Senior Editor, Positive Feedback

Praise for our UHQR Edition of Jimi Hendrix's Axis: Bold As Love: "The Axis UHQR cut is amazing — full bodied, detailed, powerful and engaging. Very impressive. The best pressing of the record I have ever heard." Bill Levenson, Grammy Award-winning reissue producer

"I have to say this was a worthy purchase. As I have nothing other than a digital copy for any sort of comparison I decided to avoid that and just comment on the records spinning on the deck. First to last groove, silent vinyl which is impressive. ... Barely past the half way mark of the opening (and title) track on side one and I was transported back to my teenage years when this was originally released. ... Despite the thinner sound here I'm just so pleased that (Chris) Bellman traveled the route of less is more and presents us with an accurate representation of what I heard many years ago. Only now, ever so much improved, not least due to the vinyl formula and flat profile. The piano, vocal and acoustic guitar shines and the recording is presented quite expansively in front of the listener. It is a pleasant experience to hear instruments as they actually sound as, not something like or close to, but as is." Aqualung UHQR review, Gordon Johnson, jmhvinyl.co.uk, 2020. Read the entire review (scroll down to find Aqualung) here.

 

Analogue Productions, the audiophile in-house reissue label of Acoustic Sounds, Inc., together with Quality Record Pressings, is reintroducing one of the most revered brands in LP history — the Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR), originally introduced by JVC Japan in the 1980s!

Analogue Productions presents another UHQR classic title — Jethro Tull's multi-platinum-selling smash Aqualung. Originally released in March 1971, the album has sold in excess of 7 million copies worldwide, achieving Top Ten chart status in both the U.K. and U.S.. Aqualung's success signaled a turning point in the band's career, making Jethro Tull a major radio and touring act.

Recorded at Island Records' studio in London, it was their first album with John Evan as a full-time member, their first with new bassist Jeffrey Hammond, and last album featuring Clive Bunker on drums. Aqualung is regarded, despite the band's disagreement, as a concept album featuring a central theme of "the distinction between religion and God." Something of a departure from the band's previous work, the album features more acoustic material than previous releases; and-inspired by photographs of homeless people on the Thames Embankment taken by singer Ian Anderson's wife Jennie-contains a number of recurring themes, addressing religion along with Anderson's own personal experiences.

This UHQR is remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original analog master tapes. Each UHQR will be pressed at Acoustic Sounds' industry-leading pressing plant Quality Record Pressings (QRP) using hand-selected Clarity Vinyl® on a manual Finebilt press with attention paid to every single detail of every single record. The 200-gram records will feature the same flat profile that helped to make the original UHQR so desirable. From the lead-in groove to the run-out groove, there is no pitch to the profile, allowing the customer's stylus to play truly perpendicular to the grooves from edge to center. Clarity Vinyl allows for the purest possible pressing and the most visually stunning presentation. Every UHQR will be hand inspected upon pressing completion, and only the truly flawless will be allowed to go to market. Each UHQR will be packaged in a deluxe box and will include a booklet detailing the entire process of making a UHQR along with a hand-signed certificate of inspection. This will be a truly deluxe, collectible product.

This stereo release will be limited to 5,000 copies, with individually gold foil numbered jackets.

More About Clarity Vinyl

As we set out to make the world's best vinyl record, we began by establishing a set of exacting standards to address all of the components that comprise an LP. We call our records made under these strict standards Ultra High Quality Records (UHQR). Most audiophiles would understand that the list of critical components in UHQR includes recording, mastering, plating, pressing and quality control. But some may stop short of considering the raw material used to make the record: the vinyl itself.

We did some research and learned some interesting things about the history of the iconic black vinyl record. The most compelling revelation to us was the fact that LP vinyl is not black in its pure state. The off-white color of the record you are about to listen to is the color of raw vinyl in its purest form (un-tinted vinyl). The black color you're used to seeing is a colorant called "carbon black" that was part of the original compound formulation used in old shellac records. As vinyl compound replaced shellac-based compound, carbon black continued to be used as a colorant. We've expected our records to be black ever since.

To make the ultimate record, we decided to enhance sound quality by removing anything we believed could detract from it. Record styli vibrate (or jitter) on a microscopic level, and any particles of carbon black pigment that happen to be on the surface of the groove could introduce surface noise. By not adding carbon black to our Clarity Vinyl, we eliminate the possibility of noise contamination due to carbon black particles. Instead, your stylus is allowed to effortlessly slide down a glossy and silky smooth groove wall.

When we purchased Classic Records, the brand name Clarity Vinyl® came with it. We're proud to have resurrected, refined and trademarked Clarity Vinyl, the perfect canvas for our masterpiece: vinyl in its purest form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge my credit card now?
We run an authorization charge to verify the card info which drops off after a few days. Funds are withdrawn when the order is at the warehouse preparing for shipment.
 
Does this item qualify for a discount?
No, our 10% off promotion does not apply to Analogue Production titles including UHQR releases.

Why doesn’t this qualify for free shipping like your policy states?
Since UHQRs are made with extra care and detail, we ensure they shipped in the same manner to arrive safely without damage.

Can I order more than 2?
No. This UHQR is a very limited reissue and will not be repressed once sold out.

Can I order more than 2 if I ship to different addresses?
No. Only 2 copies per customer and billing/shipping address. Orders will be reviewed before shipping and duplicates will be canceled.



Side 1
1. Aqualung
2. Cross-eyed Mary
3. Cheap Day Return

Side 2
1. Mother Goose
2. Wond'ring Aloud
3. Up To Me

Side 3
1. My God
2. Hymn 43
3. Slipstream

Side 4
1. Locomotive Breath
2. Wind-up

Customer Reviews (4.43 Stars) 23 person(s) rated this product.

Hmmmmm...

posted on 06/06/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: DCBRN
I have both the Steven Wilson and the Acoustic Sounds records. I think the Acoustic Sounds UHQR is more cerebral, and the Steven Wilson issue is more visceral. Most of the recording is midrange and highs. I would describe the album as Renaissance music reimagined through 20th century rock. The UHQR gets this right. But if you are given to the rock factor — Steven Wilson is great. Good thing I’ve got them both!


Outstanding

posted on 01/24/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: John P.
This is a must have. I just can't get enough of it. Wonderful pressing, zero surface noise, fantastic dynamics, stunning detail. The music has a...flow to it that I had never noticed before. I want more UHQR by QRP.


Well done

posted on 01/14/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Carl
This is an album I am well-acquainted with, over many years, in various formats, and varied masterings. Quite simply, the UHQR is astounding, and it’s what one should expect from the labour of love that Chad and Co. have poured in to it. No hyperbole needed, this iteration is amazing.


Fantastic LP

posted on 01/11/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Garry
Fantastic LP this is the one everybody should own I mean everybody the sound quality is unbelievable you will want to play it over and over again. The very Best of the Best. I have every copy of this Recording. DSD, CD, LPs, High Res. But this one is the very Best sounding of all...


Not as good as expected

posted on 01/05/2021
4 Stars
Reviewer: Detlev
Since I already got the Jimi Hendrix UHQR album one year ago, which showed up to be just exceptional, I really got curious, whether AP/QRP could repeat or even top such a great production, now with the 45rpm. However it showed up when playing with a very sophisticated pickup a quite solid background noise probably from master tape, and some noise from vinyl, not as dead quiet than regular 45rpm AP records and a sound that lacks from fascination, which I expect when hearing high quality records with my pickup normally. The later might go back to a not perfectly remastered production, as others stated here already (I don´t have the other version for comparision). This is really a pitty, since AP seems to make just one production of UHQR per year. I hope the next one - Miles Davis - will be done better.


Compare "wind-up" with other versons

posted on 12/31/2020
5 Stars
IMHO - (and on my equipment) This UHQR is the best I have heard of this recording. I own just about every version of this album (MoFi; R-R; remasters...) and the records from AQ proved to be very clean, silent background, and the musical detail was superb! Many have said thing like this before, but even with my moderately priced system, the sound was like Ian Anderson was in the room. For me the song that really stood out above others is "wind-up" you can hear every pluck of the guitar strings, and Ian's voice clear and pronounced. Great record, highly recommended.


Differences

posted on 12/30/2020
5 Stars
Well, we try and we usually like to read what others think about what we are interested in, but sometimes it confuses us more than it helps. However, I think that comparisons should always take place on the same master. In the case here, the “original”, “MFSL”, “DCC”, “CLASSIC RECORDS” and “UHQR” versions by AQUALUNG, come from the same master, but the STEVEN WILSON version is a new MIX, so in my opinion no it should be part of the comparatives expressed here, there is no justice there!


To quote Jethro Tull "My God"

posted on 12/01/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Cliff Rockefeller
I want to start by saying there is a little surface noise at loud volumes. Also, there is tape hiss from master tape. This however, is fine with me. It adds to the flavor. The Wilson 2011 mix is electric and alive. It does however feel like everything was brought to center. This UHQR mix is original and keeps the original channel separation. I have been listening to this piece for over 40 years and have to say this pressing is the most dynamic of all. I can literally hear instruments and sounds I've never heard on any other press. I can't wait for more UHQR. Im so happy that not only is vinyl coming back but places like Acoustic Sounds cares about quality. You won't find a master made from a cd here. An absolute must have. Hurry!!


Good Sound poor quality

posted on 11/19/2020
3 Stars
Reviewer: Kevin
Ive have the Original 1st Press This copy indeed have superb sound quality However my copy LP is not flat There is 1 side have a little bump Such poor quality pressing should not happen for such premium price Really disappointed


JOURNEY TO LOVE

posted on 11/19/2020
4 Stars
Reviewer: FODOR BOGDAN GEORGE
I'VE GOT IT ..YESTERDAY,17 OF NOV. 2020..IT WAS LIKE I EXPECTED FROM THE GRAPHIC POINT OF VIEW. NOW LETS TALK ABOUT THE SOUND! I HAVE LISTENED TO THE FOLLOWING PRESSINGS:ORIGINAL FIRST U.K. PRESS CHRYSALIS- THEN THE CLASSIC RECORDS USA PRESS-THE 1 LP 33 RPM,AND AS EXPECTED THE UHQR FROM ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS. HERE IS WHAT I BELIEVE:IF YOU WANT TO TRAVEL TO LONDON INSTANTLY AND FEEL THE ISLAND STUDIOS SMELL,OR IF YOU WANT TO DREAM, WE THE OLD ONES (BY THE WAY 65 YEARS OLD-ME),TO REMEMORISE THE 70'S FEELING THEN THE U.K PRESS IS THE ONE.ON SECOND PLACE I WILL PUT THE UHQR FROM ANALOG PROD.DYNAMIC,LARGE SOUNDSTAGE,MOST NEAR TO THE ORIGINAL,ACCURACY,VERY BRITISH,NICE WORK.AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST,THE CLASSIC RECORDS PRESSING,I WOULD SAY IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE U.K PRESS OR THE UHQR,THEN THIS ONE WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR A SERIOUS COLLECTOR. I WISH YOU ALL MERRY CHRISTMAS,BE STRONG AND KEEP HEALTHY IN THIS TERRIBLE MOMENTS OF OUR LIVES. GEORGE FROM ROMANIA-E


Very Dynamic

posted on 11/10/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Brian
I have compared this version with several others. I abandoned my MFSL version when I got the Steve Wilson version, and the Wilson version has been my reference ever since. That is, until this UHQR version.

This UHQR version has more dynamic range than the Wilson version. The Wilson version is a louder record, but not as dynamic - on the UHQR version, things go from dead quiet to explosive. Additionally, the sense of space is greater on the UHQR record. In Aqualung, the echo effect is greater on UHQR than Wilson, and it's stunning.

The UHQR version also has a magnetic ability to attract your attention to whatever is making sound at the moment. What I mean is that when Ian Anderson sings, his voice is most prominent and your attention is drawn to it. At other times, an electric guitar will be prominent and attract your attention. This is unusual and quite enjoyable.

I now find myself more drawn into the record, as a more intimate experience, than I ever h


UHQR Far From Perfect

posted on 11/09/2020
4 Stars
I've been a huge fan of AP/QRP since they started and was looking forward to hearing the perfect master and pressing of one of my favorite albums. The AP master is strong and bright in all the right places. The pressing and packaging, on the other hand, left me wanting my $125 back. Big scratch across most of Wond'ring Aloud, one of my favorite songs. Multiple scratches and dents on the gatefold jacket. For a UHQR edition, I'm wondering who was supposed to check the quality part.


Honestly kind of boring.

posted on 11/06/2020
4 Stars
Was expecting more for the wait and price. Otherwise, great packaging, vinyl is flat and dead silent. I prefer the 2011 Steven Wilson remix over this but just my opinion.


Not terribly impressed

posted on 11/04/2020
3 Stars
Reviewer: Marco von Catfish
I just listened to parts of my Crime of the Century UHQR, my I Robot UHQR and this new Aqualung UHQR, back to back to back. The first two are definitely clearer, sharper, more present, with more definition and separation of sound, more dynamic punch and a much more well defined bass register. Aqualung sounded a bit muddy by comparison. I also listened again to my 40th anniversary Aqualung LP (the Steve Wilson remix), and it is clearly superior to the UHQR. The most I can say about the Aqualung UHQR is that it is a competent mix and an absolutely noiseless pressing. But it doesn't blow my socks off. I give it 3.5 stars.


Good but not great

posted on 11/03/2020
3 Stars
Reviewer: Haidasounds
I am underwhelmed by this one. One record has on oval of a different shade of 'clear', there are occasional pops and crackles and the surface noise is clearly audible, but sounds like it comes from the original tape. Compared with the original US press it does sound more clear and has more presence, it is better overall, but not overwhelmingly better as I had with other releases in this category, it does sound a bit flat. At this price one would expect near perfection and this one is far from it, would have been maybe better suited for a regular 45rpm release ... too bad.


Quality item but not the definitive master

posted on 10/31/2020
4 Stars
The box and overall presentation is superb. The records are quiet, but not as quiet as I'd expect compared to competitive products. The master is great but not as great as the Steve Wilson mix which is hands down the best. This lacks some of the punch from the Steve Wilson. Vocals on this might sound a bit more 3d which is great, but just doesn't have that drive.

Overall it's a great item, glad I got it, but the SW mix/master sounds better.


QRP Wins the Shoot Out

posted on 10/30/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Cal Liedtke
Many friends and I held a shoot out with this title. We compared the 1971 original, the DCC, the MFSL, the 2011 Steve Wilson, and the 45 rpm QRP. We chose Locomotive Breath as the song to sample.

The QRP was hands down the most dynamic and provided the most air around the instruments. The DCC was a very very close second - equally dynamic with a huge sound stage. The quality of the dead quiet clarity vinyl and the 45 rpm speed is what we felt made the difference. The 2011 Wilson came in third. However, this is a different mix and too much of the recording was too hot compared the the DCC and the QRP. The 1971 original and the MFSL were clearly at the bottom due to technology and sounding muddy. Go figure, right?

Buy this 45 rpm QRP pressing. It is clearly the definitive copy.


Aqualung like you've never heard it before

posted on 10/25/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Tom Beardmore
I played this UHQR set for the first time this evening. I've owned other LPs of Aqualung, and they are all wonderful, but nothing like this UHQR pressing.

The Clarity vinyl is virtually noiseless from the needle drop to its lead-out. But even better, the audio is spectacular. So much more detail than I've heard from my 33 1/3 LPs.

This is a pricey investment, for real. But if you can fit it into your budget, grab it.


Like a teenager again, only better!

posted on 10/25/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Gordon Johnson
This has sort of renewed my love for Tull, a lot like hearing this for the first time. Stunningly quiet vinyl allows the music to shine. Bellman's work here is amazing, his movement of the stereo is beautiful. Instruments sound as they should, vocal reproduction is darn perfect. Presentation at times is holographic. Easy to listen to and engage with. Another home run for the UHQR series. Now for Miles ................


Stunning!!!

posted on 10/24/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Dan Swan
First I would like to thank Analog Productions for reviving the UHQR format and doing it better than ever. The Jimi Hendrix UHQR release was absolutely brilliant, and now Aqualung has finally been given its opportunity to shine like never before.

This album has been sonically problematic from the very beginning, but with this amazing technology it finally allows elements in the recording to shine that have waited decades to be properly revealed.

Each layer of the recording has its proper place in the sonic landscape as each instrument has its own space. Every element that left me wanting with previous releases of this album has finally been rectified.

Aqualung has been given legendary status over the decades, and rightly so, but it has never sounded better than it does now. So if you love this album, then do yourself a favor and spend the money, and grab a copy of this UHQR before it sells out. I guarantee, you will never regret the investment. Absolutely stunning.


Flawless but Souless

posted on 10/23/2020
4 Stars
Reviewer: Mills
A desert island disc for me for sure! The UHQR is flawless... And very boring. Disappointing, esp after the steallar Hendrix. Packaging is top notch. They even did the linen slip-case. Background noise is silent with zero groove noise. I will say I had to use my spindle drill as the spindle hole was cut too small. But, my toe didn't tap onece, nor did I ever want to play air-bass. What bass there is, is well represented. But they didn't do anything to boost it, which I've always felt it needed, and the Steven Wilson remix delivers on. Close to the original, but I listen to music for fun, not accuracy. I don't care how accurate something is if it doesn't move me. The SW mix does, not this. The acoustic passages are sublime on this. As is the soundstage. Huge. But bass is a lame-duck. I listened to the whole thing, then put on another version and there was the life the zip and the zing that a rock album needs to move me to play air-bass, air drums, air guitar


Steve Wilson is better

posted on 12/14/2020
4 Stars
Packaging is stellar. The disc itself is beautiful and technically speaking there is a low noise floor and sound is clear. But the music is limp and dead as if the dynamics have been sucked out for the most part. I quickly compared this against my Steve Wilson remix and the truth is the Steve Wilson blows away the ultradisc. Sorry Acoustic Sounds but that's the way it sounds to me.


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