337 I Used to Think Jethro Tull was a Person

Sitting on a park bench has never been so entertaining. Jethro Tull is another one that I don’t know much about. So little, in fact, that I didn’t know about it’s Britishness. I don’t know how much Jethro Tull I’ve heard in my life but from the Aqualung (1971) album, I had heard “Aqualung” and “Locomotive Breath.” The second one, I didn’t know was Jethro Tull. I had to find the original cut of the album on YouTube. There is a 1996 and 1998 remastered version that added six bonus tracks. In 2011, a 40th anniversary release was unleashed on the world that was remixed (stereo and 5.1 surround) and received some criticism. It added 14 tracks to the album. In 2016, a new version of the 40th anniversary release was reissued. Does anyone think reissuing and remixing makes albums better? I don’t really mind cleaning up songs, but adding tracks and drastically changing them irritates me. Thoughts?

The song “Aqualung” is one of those songs that got played a lot on the local classic rock station in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s. I got a little tired of hearing it. Overall, I found the album fun but probably won’t listen to it much, if at all, again.

 Chrysalis, 1971

Chrysalis, 1971