First Quadrophenia, now Aqualung! Yes, in advance of an official announcement, remix producer Steven Wilson has spilled the beans on an upcoming deluxe reissue of Jethro Tull’s Aqualung! (Big thanks to our friends at MusicTAP for passing the news on!) The British band’s fourth album, Aqualung remains Jethro Tull’s all-time biggest seller, not to mention one of the most beloved rock albums of all time. It’s tentatively scheduled for September release from struggling juggernaut EMI, and like Quadrophenia, will include surround-sound mixes. Who could ask for anything more? Well, if you could, you’ll be rewarded! It appears that there will be bonus tracks, too!
In Wilson’s words, “Since Ian Anderson has been talking about this, I guess it’s now official. I recently completed a brand new mix of Jethro Tull‘s Aqualung for a 40th anniversary edition. As always the remix is super faithful to the original, but with much improved sonic clarity (something that just can’t be achieved with remastering). Also remixed for inclusion were many other studio tracks from the 1970-71 period (several previously unreleased), and a 5.1 mix. It should be out on EMI in September.”
Aqualung was one of the first albums recorded at Island Studios, and marked a departure for Jethro Tull in that its songs are primarily acoustic. Bandleader and chief songwriter Ian Anderson, though, was at his most inspired, dividing the album into two suites entitled Aqualung and My God, one to each side of the LP. The album also marked a number of personnel changes for the band which had formed in 1967. It was keyboardist John Evan’s first as a full-fledged member, first with new bassist Jeffrey Hammond, and last with Clive Bunker playing drums. Upon its release, it went Top Ten in both the U.K. and America, hitting No. 4 and No. 7, respectively. Past reissues have added six bonus tracks, including BBC performances and an interview. It’s unclear whether these tracks will be retained or new bonus tracks will take their place.
Hit the jump for the track listing to the original Aqualung, and watch this space for updates as to the confirmed content and release date!
Jethro Tull, Aqualung (Chrysalis ILPS-9145 (U.K.), 1971)
- Cross-Eyed Mary
- Cheap Day Return
- Mother Goose
- Wond’ring Aloud
- Up to Me
- My God
- Hymn 43
- Locomotive Breath
- Wind Up