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JETHRO TULL ‘Aqualung Live’ RAMCD0015 (2005)

Jethro Tull

These are good times for Tull fans, the Isle of Wight CD and DVD, a recent orchestral outing for Ian Anderson, a tour early in 2006, and now a classic album revisited.

As far as I am aware this is a unique live CD, I don't recall the band ever performing 'Aqualung' in its entirety as it appeared on the original album back in 1971.

And that's the significance, really, plus the fact it doesn't sound that dated.

As Martin Barre observes in the tagged-on bonus soundbytes, 'Aqualung' defined the classic Tull sound with its mixture of acoustic and heavy rocking. But Anderson is adamant this was not a concept album.

Recorded for a US radio station in late-2004, and with proceeds to homeless charities around the world, 'Aqualung Live' is immaculately and accurately performed. It is an opportunity, too, to re-evaluate those tunes that got somewhat overshadowed down the years by the ubiquitous title track and 'Locomotive Breath'.


Review by David Randall

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