The year 1971 saw the release of some of the greatest pop/rock albums of all time. Imagine, Pearl, Sticky Fingers, Who’s Next, Tupelo Honey, Surf’s Up, Fragile, Led Zep’s IV, Muswell Hillbillies, Tapestry, What’s Going On? and both Madman Across The Water and Tumbleweed Connection are just some of the iconic titles that hit the stores that year. Add Aqualung and that’s quite an output for a 12-month span. Generally considered the pinnacle of the band’s recorded output, front-man Ian Anderson’s songwriting was quickly evolving from British folk-blues roots and helping define prog-rock. While definitely pushing the envelope for the era in taking on the subjects of God and organized religion, it was guitarist Martin Barre who was establishing equal ground with Anderson’s flute as an instrumental voice of the band. Songs such as “My God,” “Hymn 43,” “Locomotive Breath,” “Cross-Eyed Mary,” “Wind Up” and of course the title tune became FM radio staples and are in-demand concert favorites to this day. Cut from the original analog master tapes obtained from Ian Anderson on Classic’s “all-tube” cutting system by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman mastering. Available on 45-RPM as a four-disc box set, pressed on Classic’s Clarity 200-gram Super Vinyl Profile.
|A3||Cheap Day Return||1:21|
|B3||Up To Me||3:15|
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