Aqualung (studio album) by Jethro Tull

Aqualung by Jethro Tull
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 322nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 962 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1971 (14th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (82nd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (322nd)
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Jethro Tull bestography

Aqualung is ranked 2nd best out of 43 albums by Jethro Tull on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Jethro Tull is Thick As A Brick which is ranked number 287 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,161.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.7/100, a mean average of 81.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.9.

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From 02/15/2023 22:58
A unique and special record that showed the group weren't afraid to take risks and they really pay off on this release. Musically, it sounds fantastic and is extremely infectious with the instrumentals replaying in my head long after the album has finished. The performances across the whole group are incredible as well from the drums to the guitar to the organ they are all outstanding. Then they add the flute on top which feels like it shouldn't work but it is just perfect on here. It gives the group an edge as well as there is no group that use a flute or at least utilise it as amazing as they do. Finally, there is the song writing which is thought provoking and intelligent with them challenging some difficult themes but also making them sound good in the context of the music. Overall, there is so much to enjoy and love on here as the album does such a good job of standing out due to its quality.
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From 01/06/2023 02:33
I remember when Aqualung was just released, and everybody had the album. It was extremely popular here in Denmark, along with "Who`s Next" and the Led Zeppelin and Ten Years After albums. It probably Tull`s most hard-rocking album, and at least at that time it was comsidered "heavy" rock. I saw them perform in Holstebro with new member John Evan - and it was really a great hard rocking performance; I was very impressed by guitarist Martin Barre.
Songs like "Locomotive Breath" and "Aqualung" are great live rockers - but also very melodic. I never cared much for "Cross-Eyed Mary", "Hymn 43" and "Up to Me", but acoustic songs like "Cheap Day Return", "Mother Goose" and "Wondering Aloud" and still favourites of mine. "My God" is too much an integrated part of the album-concept to be judged on its own. The highlight is the great finale "Wind Up"

There are six bonus tracks. "Lick Your Finger Clean" is okay for an outtake. The alternate version of "Wind Up" is interesting, but not nearly as good as the released version. The Ian Anderson interview is very interesting, as is the BBC takes of "Song for Jeffrey", "Fat Man" and "Bouree".

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From 09/29/2022 03:00
Perfect musical balance to be one of the best folk rock albums ever. Many outstanding tracks.
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From 09/06/2022 17:08
Classic prog
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From 08/14/2022 21:27
This was very much my brother's music but something I didn't listen to in my youth. Very much appreciate it now. I just remember as a kid listening to my brother play the song "Aqualung" and hearing the lyric "snot's running down his nose". Made me laugh every time.
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From 03/04/2022 03:54
Not much of a Tull fan-- which is odd in that the overlap with Fairport is so great-- but this is a great album about an important topic. High on the best ever list.
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From 01/31/2022 12:25
A great and important album, leading us to Thick as a Brick. It pales in comparison with that album though. This says more about TAAB than Aqualung.
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From 01/25/2022 20:37
Great album front to back.
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From 12/27/2021 08:45
Impresionante. Combina perfectamente lo eléctrico con lo acústico incluso en una misma canción.
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From 04/22/2021 19:29
from profound to whimsical sometimes in the same verse. mix in a little flute. strong presentation
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Best Albums of 1971
1. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
2. Who's Next by The Who
3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
4. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
5. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
6. Blue by Joni Mitchell
7. Meddle by Pink Floyd
8. Tago Mago by Can
9. L.A. Woman by The Doors
10. Tapestry by Carole King
11. Fragile by Yes
12. Bryter Layter by Nick Drake
13. Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath
14. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
15. Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney
16. Imagine by John Lennon
17. Electric Warrior by T. Rex
18. Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
19. There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & The Family Stone
20. At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band
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