Aqualung

Label
EMI Catalogue
Release date
19 Mar 2007
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
66:42

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Aqualung 8:19 325,511
2 Cross Eyed Mary 4:10 44,602
3 Cheap Day Return 1:12 142,876
4 Mother Goose 1:56 138,512
5 Wond'ring Aloud 1:53 124,585
6 Up to Me 3:35 121,178
7 My God 7:29 115,814
8 Hymn 43 4:21 116,432
9 Slipstream 0:59 107,243
10 Locomotive Breath 4:30 260,677
11 Wind Up 6:08 59,984
12 Lick Your Fingers Clean 2:46 46,794
13 Wind Up (Quad Version) 5:24 23,888
14 Ian Anderson Interview 14:00 3,457

About this album

Aqualung is the fourth studio album by the rock band Jethro Tull. Released in 1971, Aqualung, despite the band’s disapproval, is regarded as a concept album featuring a central theme of “the distinction between religion and God”. The album’s “dour musings on faith and religion” have marked it as “one of the most cerebral albums ever to reach millions of rock listeners”. Aqualung’s success marked a turning point in the band’s career, who went on to become 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. 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 over 7 million units worldwide according to Anderson, 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 one single, “Hymn 43”, and has been cited as an inspiration by bands such as Iron Maiden.

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  • pteronophobic

    In a period of my life when I was cynical against Christianity, I really liked side two of this album. While I still like it, I think I like side one of this album now, it's a true work of beauty. The entire album is amazing, one of the many masterpieces by Tull.

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  • Cassandra-Leo

    The lyrics on this album have to be some of the best in rock history. Not Tull's best album (that would be Thick as a Brick or A Passion Play), but a masterpiece nonetheless.

    27 May 12:27am Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    I was 15 and this was a love at first listen.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • cannibal_ism666

    living in the past is diff n very mellow..! [2]

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • PixelDoom

    my dad got into tull so glad he did fucking amazing

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Truly a great record.

    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Brian_4664

    My new favorite album :D

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Frazerman

    Great Riff-Heafty album.

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    Such a raw, intelligent, and rockin' album.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • abhimetalhead

    aqualung is the best album that they released...!! living in the past is diff n very mellow..!

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • hungarianpaprik

    albums i own ---- ! UP 2 ME !

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • Bequeathed

    As much as I love Thick as a Brick, this is my favorite JT release.

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • rocksmaster

    Amazing!

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Moorzilko

    If i had to listen only one album till the end of my life i would choose Aqualung

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • diceman0925

    my 23 year old son never heard of Jethro Tull. Just sent him this link! ; )

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • granpubah

    ditto Wsteven!

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • WSteven

    so many moons ago, seems like yesterday when this first came out remember the tour they did with this just fantastic

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • leo_819

    One of the best rock albums ever.

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • addeck

    http://lamuzi.blogspot.com/2012/03/jethro-tull-aqualung.html - młody polski blog i tekst o klasyce rocka! Polecam :)

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    Decided to dig this up on a whim, at least a decade having passed since I last listened (I was ten or eleven). I remember liking it then, and it still holds up now, in spite of all the many very great albums I've discovered since then... a truly great work.

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
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