In the world of audiophile music, Analogue Productions is known for top-drawer reissues on both SACD and high-quality vinyl. In recent years, they have developed a new formula for their special pressings and pressed classic titles under the banner UHQR, or Ultra High Quality Record.
Analogue recently announced the latest in its UHQR series: Jethro Tull’s Aqualung, due October 16. The 1971 album is one of the progressive rock group’s most beloved albums and also their best-selling. With FM radio staples such as “Locomotive Breath,” “Aqualung,” “Cross-Eyed Mary,” and the charting single “Hymn 43” playing their role in the ambitious yet accessible concept album crafted by vocalist-guitarist-flautist Ian Anderson, it’s no surprise it’s gone on to sell over 7 million copies and been reissued numerous times.
For this deluxe release, the music has been newly remastered from the original analog master tapes by Chris Bellman. It was pressed by hand onto 200-gram vinyl at QRP using Analogue Productions’ proprietary Clarity Vinyl formula. Each 45rpm disc is inspected by hand and packaged in a textured gatefold sleeve. That’s housed in a deluxe slipcase box with a booklet and hand-signed certificate. This edition is limited to just 5,000 copies, each individually numbered in gold foil.
In all, Analogue Productions’ upcoming reissue is positioned to be the best vinyl pressing of this landmark in progressive rock. If you love this album, you’ll want to consider this release due on October 16. You can order your copy from Acoustic Sounds or select music retailers.
And to whet your appetite, here’s a look at how the new reissue was created.
Jethro Tull, Aqualung [45rpm 200g vinyl] (originally released as Chrysalis/Island LP ILPS-9145, 1971 — reissued Analogue Productions, 2020) (Acoustic Sounds)
- Cross-eyed Mary
- Cheap Day Return
- Mother Goose
- Wond’ring Aloud
- Up To Me
- My God
- Hymn 43
- Locomotive Breath