Today In Rock History: Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Released in today’s date in 1971.
At the time Aqualung was released by Jethro Tull a huge wave driven by pop-Christianity (like Jesus Christ Superstar) made the statement a pro-God antichurch tract, for a rock group a bit risky. Teenagers already dealing with their own version of structured formal religion and the rest were soon to follow.
Aqualung was the LP that made Jethro Tull a permanent in Classic Rock History, with haunted trippy and dreamy songs like “My God,” “Hymn 43,” “Locomotive Breath,” “Cross-Eyed Mary,” “Wind Up,” and then of course Aqualung itself.
This album moved them to the major act category and a fixture at the top of the record charts for most of the 1970s. Coming out of the 1960’s folk era Ian Anderson blended hard rock and classic story telling style that had little restrictions Playing on faith and religion (mostly how organized religion), few things were sacred even if some lyrics were tongue in cheek.
The record had extremely wide appeal in the music itself as well as the thoughts and conversations it stirred. It number seven on the The Billboard 200 chart in 1971.
Even today Ian Anderson and company find new fans all the time and a play by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull will bring Thick as a Brick I & II to the Akron Civic Theater on Sunday, November 12.
2 Cross-Eyed Mary
3 Cheap Day Return
4 Mother Goose
5 Wond’ring Aloud
6 Up to Me
7 My God
8 Hymn 43
10 Locomotive Breath
11 Wind-Up Anderson
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Ian Anderson Thick as a Brick I & II