bigbudukks

Jethro Tull - Aqualung bigbudukks

February 11, 2016
Actually, the lyric is "the ice that clings onto his beard".
gothicturbines

Jethro Tull - Aqualung gothicturbines

September 2, 2015
edited 11 months ago
This album contains the biggest rock bloopers ever from a band that generally made sense and generally made brilliant music. This album is a strange effort-bearing a title that has no apparent relevance to the subject matter depicted on the album cover-a wandering hobo. The aqualung is a device that enables people to breathe underwater-invented around 1943 by Jacques Cousteau-and later named "the aqualung"-a name that is some kind of acronym for wealth in some circles-which is like saying this is the album that will enable us to go scuba diving forever kind of thing-an album whose title track contains several strings of nonsense lyrics-("they iced the clings onto his beard with screaming agony"-???? & "frilly panties running around in the sun"-again-????-) what total crappolla-and generally what you see when a songs lyric is not finished-released as a finished piece of 'art rock' and hailed as musical genius by progressive rock fans around the world. I think its a weirdly cheap effort from J Tull-a band that has proved itself capable of taking things to a whole new level rock wise more times than not. This album-stupid title aside isn't really a great Tull album despite the now "immortal" guitar solo on its bizarrely named title track. Its a half finished effort through and through-with songs that are little more than an ode to dark and sinister children's nursery rhymes from bygone times in England's dark & dirty industrial revolution days circa the late 19th century. England still has a very dark side to it and this album dwells too much in that unique form of oblivion that still can be found here and there in contemporary England. I don't buy that the title is a reference to TB. Thats like calling sloppy work brilliance when its not. About seven months after this album was released in 1971 Led Zeppelin released their seminal fourth album-with a cover also depicting a hobo-this time in a photograph. Oddly the J Tull cover was based on a photo taken by Ian Anderson's wife. I think that there was a puzzlement about that J Tull album and Led Zeppelin used the cover on their fourth album as if to say-????.
capt_karl

Jethro Tull - Aqualung capt_karl

April 9, 2016
I think you need to start by getting a better handle on the lyrics. Perhaps if you listened harder, they would make sense to you and you'd see some of the finer points of the album. The title track is poignant picture of a down-on-his-luck, lecherous bum who can be found leering at little schoolgirls in the park and "watching as the frilly panties run". That line makes sense to me. As for the title, again it makes sense if you get the words right. They make clear reference to his raspy breathing making "deep-sea driver sounds" . . . perhaps like AN AQUALUNG?? Lyricists often try to come up with interesting metaphors and similes to use. Authors too. If you want to be a literalist and reject these literary tools, that's your prerogative. But it seems pretty clear to me that the title most certainly is a reference to TB. And rather than accept the obvious, you criticize the band for random nonsensical words in their lyrics. Then there's the reference to the "December's foggy freeze, when the ice that clings onto your beard was screaming agony" Again, makes sense to me if you just get the words right.

Other songs are a mix of throw-away nonsense songs (Cheap Day Return) and deep social commentary, many with strong criticism's of organized religion (My God, Wind-Up). Every group has throw-away nonsense songs (The Beatles had many, Led Zeppelin too, and countless other through the history of popular music). And as with other artists, you often take joy in the throw-away songs (if done well) because of the music or of the poetic way they present the lyrics. In my opinion, both apply here. I love this album.
Beggars_Trash

Jethro Tull - Aqualung Beggars_Trash

September 25, 2015

Well written. I think it's like drinking a whiskey. You'll like it or you'll like it not. Thank you for writing these words. I have learned much from you.
Jerry_Cunningham

Jethro Tull - Aqualung Jerry_Cunningham

February 9, 2013
Does anybody know if the record was released in the original form (11 songs)on CD in Australia - CDP number?
anthyxx

Jethro Tull - Aqualung anthyxx

November 1, 2011
I've got the 1971 french rim pink island/chrysalis 630 2001,gatefold sleeve textured
matrix: 630 2001 1+ 380
630 2001 2+ 380
I don't know if it was a 1971 french first press.
coremaker

Jethro Tull - Aqualung coremaker

December 9, 2011
Hi..I have a French copy, but that is on the Third Pink Design, with the White i letter
I have not heard of the Pink Rim/Palm three Island of a French copy
Is it possible to get a scan of the label ?

I also have 2 diffrent French copys of the Blue/White Chrysalis with Numbers CHR 1044 and 6307515
Also a French copy on the Green Chrysalis CHR 1044

Thanks coremaker