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Jethro Tull


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5 stars Review #6 Jethro Tull's1971 album Aqualung.

I am quite surprised that at the time of writing, Aqualung has only been rated by approximately 600 people on PA. I thought everyone in the world had a copy of Aqualung!

I will not go on and on about this album, other than to say that this is the one that made Tull BIG. Boy even "Ron Burgundy" immortalizes Anderson and Aqualung in "Anchorman"!

Aqualung is ground breaking by it's ecleticism. Heavy metalish, abrasive, uncooth, controversial in one instance; soft, reflective, acoustic in another and that happened not only between songs but also within songs as well. Long songs, (very) short songs. Commercial, radio-friendly songs (Aqualung, Locomotive Breath, Cross-Eyed Mary) and non commercial pieces (My God, Slipstream, Up To Me, Cheap Day Return, Wond'ring Aloud) for that matter. Anderson hit pay dirt big time.

Lambasted by some religious groups, Aqualung holds up today and must be recognized as one of the truly remarkable albums of progressive rock's golden era.

BarryGlibb | 5/5 |


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