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Aqualung is the fourth studio Album) by the rock band Jethro Tullreleased in It is regarded, despite the band's disagreement, as a concept album featuring a central theme of "the distinction between religion and God". 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 Hammondand last album featuring Clive Bunker on drums.
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.
Aqualung has sold more than seven million units worldwide, and is thus Jethro Tull's best-selling album. The album was generally well-received critically and has been included on several music magazine best-of lists. The album spawned two singles, " Hymn 43 " and " Locomotive Breath ".
After an American tour inbass player Glenn Cornick was fired from the band,  and was replaced with Jeffrey Hammondan old Album) of Ian Anderson. It would also mark the first time John Evan had recorded a full album with the band, as his only Even Now - Barry Manilow - Even Now involvement was to provide several keyboard parts on the previous album, Benefit. The album was one of the first to be recorded at the newly opened studios of Island Records in Basing Street, London.
Led Zeppelin were recording their untitled fourth album at the same time. Jethro Tull - Aqualung (The 2011 Steven Wilson Stereo Remix) (File an interview on the 25th anniversary edition of the album, Tull's bandleader Ian Anderson said that trying to record in that studio was very difficult, because of its "horrible, cold, echoey" feel.
The orchestral segments were arranged by David Palmerwho had worked with the band since 's This Wasand would later join as a keyboard player. Aqualung would be the last Jethro Tull album to include Clive Bunker as a band member, as he retired shortly after recording to start a family. The songs on the album encompass a variety of musical genres, with elements of folkbluespsychedeliaand hard rock.
Anderson claims his main inspirations for writing the album were Roy Harper and Bert Jansch. Aqualung has widely been regarded as a concept albumfeaturing a central theme of "the distinction between religion and God". The initial idea for the album was sparked by some photographs that Anderson's wife Jennie took of homeless people on the Thames Embankment.
The appearance of one man in particular caught the interest of the couple, who together wrote the title song "Aqualung". The second side, titled My Godcontains three tracks—"My God," " Hymn 43 " and "Wind-Up"—that address religion in an introspective, and sometimes irreverent, manner. However, despite the names given to the album's two sides and their related subject matter, Anderson has consistently maintained that Aqualung is not a "concept album".
A interview included on Aqualung Live gives Anderson's thoughts on the Jethro Tull - Aqualung (The 2011 Steven Wilson Stereo Remix) (File .
I always said at the time that this is not a concept album; this is just an album of varied songs of varied instrumentation and intensity in which three Album) four are the kind of keynote pieces for the album but it doesn't make it a concept album. In my mind when it came to writing the next album, Thick as a Brickwas done very much in the sense of: 'Whuh, if they thought Aqualung was a concept album, Oh!
Okay, we'll show you a concept album. But Aqualung itself, in my mind was never a concept album. Just a bunch of songs. Drummer Clive Bunker believes that the record's perception as a concept album is Jethro Tull - Aqualung (The 2011 Steven Wilson Stereo Remix) (File case of " Chinese whispers ", explaining "you play the record to Hey You - The Quireboys - From Tooting To Barking couple of Americans, tell them that there's a lyrical theme loosely linking a few songs, and then notice the figure of the Aqualung character on the cover, and suddenly the word is out that Jethro Tull have done a concept album".
The thematic elements Jethro Tull explored on the album—those of the effects of urbanisation on nature, and of the effects of social constructs such as religion on society—would be developed further on most of the band's subsequent releases. It was then released as a bonus track on the and reissues of Aqualung.
Another song, "Wond'ring Again" was recorded on 21 June together with the original Jethro Tull - Aqualung (The 2011 Steven Wilson Stereo Remix) (File of "Wond'ring Aloud" included as one single seven-minute song on the Steven Wilson remaster of associated recordings —, titled "Wond'ring Aloud, Again"and was considered for release on Villancico - La Musgaña - El Diablo Cojuelo album before Anderson decided to drop it from the final track listing.
A re-recording of "Wond'ring Aloud" was included on Aqualung. Glenn Cornick played bass on the song and says it is his favourite song he recorded with the band. The album's original cover art by Burton Silverman features a watercolour portrait of a long-haired, bearded man in shabby clothes.
The idea for the cover came from a photograph Anderson's wife took of a homeless man on Thames Embankment, and Anderson later felt it would have been better to have used the photograph rather than commission the painting. The artwork was commissioned and purchased by Chrysalis Records head Terry Ellis in The original artwork for both the front and back covers are missing.
They were apparently stolen from a London hotel room,  or perhaps from Chrysalis' office during a robbery. The Album) version of "Wind Up", which is in a slightly higher key, is included on the later CD reissue of the album as "Wind Up quad version ".
The single " Hymn 43 " was released on 14 Augustand reached number 91 on the Billboard Hot charts, spending two weeks in the chart. The album was re-released in a 40th anniversary edition on 31 October The release contains a new stereo and 5.
So, some didn't rate it as highly as they should have. What we did with Aqualung was really make that record gleam in a way it never gleamed before. I think Album) lot of people, including myself, have come around to thinking that the album is a lot better than they even gave it credit for previously. So, there is certainly something very gratifying about being able to polish what was already a diamond and making it shine in a way it never has before".
Aqualung Album) mixed to favourable reviews from Somewhere - Matt Monro - From Russia With Love music critics.
Rolling Stone magazine's Ben Gerson lauded its "fine musicianship", calling it "serious and intelligent", although he felt that the album's seriousness "undermined" its quality. In retrospective reviews the album is generally lauded and viewed as a classic.
Murphy also praised the additional material featured on the release, finding that the new content was "where a great album gets even better". Aqualung has also been appraised highly in retrospective listings, compiled by music writers and magazines see Accolades.
All tracks are written by Ian Andersonexcept where noted. Original North American Reprise Records pressings of Aqualung contained a slightly edited version of the title song, with its first three seconds i.
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