After the disappointing Benefit this recording came as a great relief to followers who had watched Jethro Tull mutate from a heavy blues band into a lighter progressive rock-orientated unit. They pursued the concept album path with great success, especially in the US, where Aqualung remains their most loved and commercially successful record. The concept, was based around the odious title character, very loosely explores organised religion. If you ignore the mumbo jumbo it is actually a pretty good rock record. Us simpletons will also bless the CD age for the six bonus tracks including some live BBC recordings.
Tracks: Aqualung; Cross-Eyed Mary; Cheap Day Return; Mother Goose; Wond’ring Aloud; Up To Me; My God; Hymn 43; Slipstream; Locomotive Breath; Wind-Up; Lick Your Fingers Clean; Wind Up (Quad Version); Excerpts From The Ian Anderson Interview; Song For Jeffrey; Fat Man; Bouree....