The Epic 2017 Project #129: 170509
Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971)
Aqualung was Jethro Tull’s fourth studio album. Released in 1971, its success signalled a turning point in the band’s career, who went on to become a major radio and touring act.
Recorded at Island Records’ studio in London, it was their first album with John Evan as a full-time member, their first with new bassist Jeffrey Hammond and last album featuring Clive Bunker on drums. Something of a departure from the band’s previous work, the album features more acoustic material than previous releases; and—inspired by photographs of homeless people on the Thames Embankment taken by singer Ian Anderson’s wife Jennie, contains a number of recurring themes, addressing religion along with Anderson’s own personal experiences.
Aqualung has sold more than seven million times over and is thus Jethro Tull’s best selling album. The album was generally well-received critically, and has been included on several music magazine “best of” lists. It also spawned two singles, “Hymn 43” and “Locomotive Breath”