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Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ is Album Side Sunday on Your Sunday Brunch

Ian Anderson (Frank Tewkesbury/Getty)

The first side tracks are:

  • Aqualung
  • Cross-Eyed Mary
  • Cheap Day Return
  • Mother Goose
  • Wond’Ring Aloud
  • Up To Me

I’d like to personally invite you to tune in and hear some of these rare deeper cuts from this classic album.

The band will probably play most of them during their anniversary tour which kicks off at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on Wednesday, June 8th, with their special guests Kansas.

Here’s what Rolling Stone had to say about the album on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums:
Jethro Tull were hairy prog-rock philosophers who decried organized religion (“Hymn 43″) and modern hypocrisy (“Aqualung”) while managing to incorporate flute solos. With several FM-radio hits, this was the record that made Tull into a major arena band. The cover painting gave Seventies kid’s nightmares.

Ian Anderson in the mid 1970’s (Express Newspapers/Getty)

On tour this summer, the line-up for Jethro Tull includes Ian Anderson on lead vocals and flute, Martin Barre playing guitar, David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Doane Perry (drums), and other guest musicians.
The musicians playing on the 1971 album “Aqualung” were; Ian Anderson (flute, acoustic guitar and vocals), Martin Barre (electric guitar and descant recorder), Clive Bunker (percussion), John Evan (piano, organ and mellotron) and Jeffrey Hammond (bass guitar, alto recorder and odd voices).
The official Jethro Tull website says, “Aqualung” is where Ian Anderson really begins to develop his personal style for acoustical guitar songs with “Cheap Day Return,” “Mother Goose,” and “Slipstream.”

On the songwriting of Ian Anderson it adds,

“Aqualung” has a dominant theme but is certainly more, much more, than a concept album hindging on a solitary subject. Anderson explores the struggles of the less fortunate in our society (e.g., “Aqualung,” “Cross-Eyed Mary,” “Up to Me”), teenage angst and formal education difficulties ( e.g., “Wind Up,” “Mother Goose”), and returns to his parental themes with “Cheap Day Return, a tune encompassing Anderson’s feelings while traveling to visit his sick father.

In the 8 o’clock hour on the last Sunday of every month we feature an “Album Side.” If you’d like to help choose next month’s selection, just leave a suggestion here at our website and tune in 101.9 KING-FM or listen online at

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