Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ is their fourth studio album co-produced by leader Ian Anderson and Terry Ellis and released on March 19, 1971 by Chrysalis / Island
Track Listing : 1.Aqualung (Ian Anderson, Jennie Anderson) – 06:34 . 2.Cross-Eyed Mary (Ian Anderson) – 04:06 . 3.Cheap Day Return (Ian Anderson) – 01:21 . 4.Mother Goose (Ian Anderson) – 03:51 . 5.Wond’Ring Aloud (Ian Anderson) – 01:53 . 6.Up To Me (Ian Anderson) – 03:15 . 7.My God (Ian Anderson) – 07:08 . 8.Hymn 43 (Ian Anderson) – 03:14 . 9.Slipstream (Ian Anderson) – 01:13 . 10.Locomotive Breath (Ian Anderson) – 04:23 . 11.Wind-Up (Ian Anderson) – 06:01
Musicians : Jethro Tull – Band . Ian Anderson – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Flute . Martin Barre – Electric Guitar, Descant Recorder . John Evan – Piano, Organ, Mellotron . Jeffrey Hammond – Bass Guitar, Alto Recorder, Backing Vocals On (4) . Glenn Cornick – Bass Guitar On (5 – 7) . Clive Bunker – Drums, Percussion
Production : Produced By Ian Anderson, Terry Ellis . John Burns – Engineer
Arrangements : David Palmer
Package : Burton Silverman – Artwork
Recorded April 11, 1970 – February 12, 1971 At Island Studios, Basing Street, London.
Released March 19, 1971 By Chrysalis / Island / Reprise .
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