Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull are one of rock’s most enduring bands. Their 1971 album Aqualung, with its provocative lyrical content and continuous music shifts, is Tull’s most successful and most misunderstood record. Here, music professor and fan Allan Moore tackles the album on a track-by-track basis, looking at Ian Anderson’s lyrics and studying the complex structures and arrangements of these classic songs.
Music professor Allan Moore offers a critical overview of a seminal classic prog-rock album in Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung'.
Performed in a sonorous British accent by Graeme Malcom, this installment of the 33 1/3 series breaks down Jethro Tull's 1971 album with a granular attention to detail. Moore not only dissects each track musically, but offers his critical insights into the lyrics of the band's vocalist and flautist, Ian Anderson. In Moore's interpretation, Anderson channels "Jethro Tull" (an 18th-century farmer) in some of these songs.
Given a magisterial performance by Malcom, Moore's audio book will shed new light for diehard Jethro Tull fans on their best-known album.
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A balanced but dull take on Tull's gem.