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Jethro Tull - Aqualung 40th Anniversary Adapted Edition Album Review

Album Review

Two-CD/two-DVD reissue of a stone cold prog classic.

Released in the 45th anniversary year of Tull’s 1971 masterpiece, this set offers very little that isn’t already available on the deluxe reimagining released five years ago.

So, there’s a little part of you that can’t help but wonder if this is a case of the record company trying to repackage
that 2011 Aqualung edition because it’s a guaranteed seller. Nevertheless, it’s churlish to dwell on such misgivings and
we should revel instead in what’s on offer – another reminder of why Aqualung remains such a peerless example of Tull’s early-70s brilliance.

The first CD features Steven Wilson’s stereo remix. And as he points out in the exhaustive accompanying booklet, he has retained the atmosphere and presentation of the original but cleaned up the sound in places to give it that extra sonic boost. There are times when what Wilson has achieved adds to the textures immeasurably, as on My God and Up To Me. His work gives a fresh clarity that helps bring Ian Anderson’s expansive artistic work to the fore.

Aqualung deserves to be celebrated whatever the year.


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