14 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Jethro Tull’s 1971 album is peppered with acoustic turns—bowing to jazz-folk heroes like Roy Harper—it’s the sweltering power chords and frontman Ian Anderson’s tough vocals that make it a rock ’n’ roll Goliath. The chugging “Locomotive Breath” and the dirty thump of “Hymn 43” provide metallic KOs, and the rifftastic title tune is a full-on mini-rock opera with gentle breakdowns and tempo shifts. Central themes challenge organized religions, yet there’s a Dickensian quality to many of the lyrics, especially on the grimy “Cross-Eyed Mary,” which details London street urchins.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Jethro Tull’s 1971 album is peppered with acoustic turns—bowing to jazz-folk heroes like Roy Harper—it’s the sweltering power chords and frontman Ian Anderson’s tough vocals that make it a rock ’n’ roll Goliath. The chugging “Locomotive Breath” and the dirty thump of “Hymn 43” provide metallic KOs, and the rifftastic title tune is a full-on mini-rock opera with gentle breakdowns and tempo shifts. Central themes challenge organized religions, yet there’s a Dickensian quality to many of the lyrics, especially on the grimy “Cross-Eyed Mary,” which details London street urchins.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Sal1956 ,

An Improvement in Sound Quality

Let me start by saying that I do still have my vinyl copy, I had it on 8 track, cassette and finally on CD. That being said the question for me wasn't is this an album I should get because it is great, but rather, is the sound quality any better than the CD copy that I have transfered to my iTunes library that has a very muddy sound? Well I am here to say that YES it is remarkably better, a huge improvement over my CD copy. Who ever was incharge of the Re-Mastering did a GREAT job. So if you are like me and already own all the previous lesser quality versions you will not be wasting your money if you purchase this copy. One noticeable difference is in the song Aqualung that almost sounds like it might be a different version because it does sound so much clearer and cleaner, maybe it is, but still great.

baldwookie3440 ,

Change of heart

Ian Anderson said he wanted to be a guitarist until he heard Hendrix ... Thankful he found the flute ... Great musician in a great band!

galway ,

The best

Best all around pop/jazz/rock flutist

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