Jethro Tull – Aqualung

Vergleich der UHQR Version von Analogue Productions mit der Steve Wilson-Version


Zunächst einmal vielen Dank für die schnelle Zustellung. Ich bin doch sehr begeistert, was ein qualitativ hochwertiges Remastering und eine sorgfältige Pressung/Fertigung hinsichtlich der Klangqualität zu leisten imstande sind.

Ich habe mir zunächst das Album komplett auf Vinyl angehört und in einem zweiten Durchgang mit dem Steven-Wilson-Remastering (HiRes 24 Bit, 96 kHz) verglichen.

Irgendwie habe ich natürlich erwartet, dass die Schallplatte besser klingen wird. Tatsächlich ist der Unterschied schon groß:
Grundsätzlich klingt die LP gegenüber der Digitalversion räumlicher und macht eine breiter Stereo-Bühne auf. Dass aber die einzelnen Instrumente besser herauszuhören sind und außerdem sogar noch präziser/detaillierter klingen, hätte ich nicht erwartet. – Das freut mich natürlich.

Bei den etwas „rockigeren“ Titeln ist in der Digitalversion (Steven Wilson) der Bassbereich etwas betonter – hier ist es Geschmackssache, ob einem das besser gefällt oder nicht. Aber auch hier sind Räumlichkeit, Präzision und Ortbarkeit der Instrumente auf der Vinylversion (Acoustic Sounds) besser ausgeprägt. Besonders deutlich wird der Klangunterschied bei den insgesamt etwas „ruhigeren“ Titeln; hier ist es einfach faszinierend, was für die Vinylversion aus den fast 50 Jahre alten Bändern noch herausgeholt werden konnte. Es zeigt aber auch, dass in den 70-er Jahren schon ordentlich aufgenommen wurde!

Alles in allem bin ich mit der Qualität zufrieden und bedanke mich noch einmal für das – angesichts der Marktlage – faire „Vorverkaufs“-Angebot. Ich glaube, besser kann man das berühmte Album „Aqualung“ von Jethro Tull nicht hören.


Jethro Tull: Aqualung (45rpm-edition)
Format: 2LPs 200g 45rpm / Box, booklet

Label: Analogue Productions
Genre: Pop/Rock
Product No.: AUHQR 0003-45
Category: UHQR Vinyl Record
No. of Discs: 2
UPC: 753088034572
The pinnacle of high-quality vinyl — the Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR®) from Analogue Productions!

Definitive handmade limited run reissue of Jethro Tull’s classic Aqualung

Remastered by Chris Bellman from the original master tapes

Stereo 45 RPM 200-gram double LP release limited to 5,000 gold foil numbered copies

Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using Clarity Vinyl on a manual Finebilt press

Purest possible pressing and most visually stunning presentation and packaging!

17th Annual Positive Feedback Writers‘ Choice Awards for 2020
Recording of the Year: Rock recording, LP
„Get this UHQR before it goes out-of-print! You won’t be sorry!“ — Myles B. Astor, Senior Editor, Positive Feedback

Praise for our UHQR Edition of Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold As Love: „The Axis UHQR cut is amazing — full bodied, detailed, powerful and engaging. Very impressive. The best pressing of the record I have ever heard.“ — Bill Levenson, Grammy Award-winning reissue producer

„I have to say this was a worthy purchase. As I have nothing other than a digital copy for any sort of comparison I decided to avoid that and just comment on the records spinning on the deck. First to last groove, silent vinyl which is impressive. … Barely past the half way mark of the opening (and title) track on side one and I was transported back to my teenage years when this was originally released. … Despite the thinner sound here I’m just so pleased that (Chris) Bellman traveled the route of less is more and presents us with an accurate representation of what I heard many years ago. Only now, ever so much improved, not least due to the vinyl formula and flat profile. The piano, vocal and acoustic guitar shines and the recording is presented quite expansively in front of the listener. It is a pleasant experience to hear instruments as they actually sound as, not something like or close to, but as is.“ Aqualung UHQR review, Gordon Johnson,, 2020. Read the entire review (scroll down to find Aqualung) here.

Analogue Productions, the audiophile in-house reissue label of Acoustic Sounds, Inc., together with Quality Record Pressings, is reintroducing one of the most revered brands in LP history — the Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR), originally introduced by JVC Japan in the 1980s!

Analogue Productions presents another UHQR classic title — Jethro Tull’s multi-platinum-selling smash Aqualung. Originally released in March 1971, the album has sold in excess of 7 million copies worldwide, achieving Top Ten chart status in both the U.K. and U.S.. Aqualung’s success signaled a turning point in the band’s career, making Jethro Tull 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. Aqualung is regarded, despite the band’s disagreement, as a concept album featuring a central theme of „the distinction between religion and God.“ 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.

This UHQR is remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original analog master tapes. Each UHQR will be pressed at Acoustic Sounds‘ industry-leading pressing plant Quality Record Pressings (QRP) using hand-selected Clarity Vinyl® on a manual Finebilt press with attention paid to every single detail of every single record. The 200-gram records will feature the same flat profile that helped to make the original UHQR so desirable. From the lead-in groove to the run-out groove, there is no pitch to the profile, allowing the customer’s stylus to play truly perpendicular to the grooves from edge to center. Clarity Vinyl allows for the purest possible pressing and the most visually stunning presentation. Every UHQR will be hand inspected upon pressing completion, and only the truly flawless will be allowed to go to market. Each UHQR will be packaged in a deluxe box and will include a booklet detailing the entire process of making a UHQR along with a hand-signed certificate of inspection. This will be a truly deluxe, collectible product.

This stereo release will be limited to 5,000 copies, with individually gold foil numbered jackets.



Jethro Tull: Aqualung (Steve Wilson Edition)

Format: 180-gram vinyl plus 24-page booklet

Label: Parlophone
Genre: Pop/Rock
Product No.: APAR 146604
UPC: 825646146604
180-gram vinyl plus 24-page booklet

Stereo mix by Steven Wilson

Booklet cover is reproduction of the original gatefold cover

A 2015 vinyl version of Jethro Tull’s 1971 classic, Aqualung. 180-gram vinyl includes a 24-page booklet in a reproduction of the original gatefold cover.

Mastered from Steven Wilson’s 40th Anniversary stereo mix from 2011.

Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. The breakthrough came when they were offered the Thursday night residency at London’s famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street, Soho.

The early Jethro Tull released their first Blues-oriented album, This Was, in the latter part of 1968 before moving on to more home-grown and eclectic efforts in 1969 with Stand Up and a flutter of single releases, including „Living In The Past,“ in the UK market.

Benefit, Aqualung, and Thick As A Brick followed and the band’s success grew internationally. Various band members came and went, but the charismatic front man and composer, flautist and singer Ian Anderson continued, as he does to this day, to lead the group through its various musical incarnations.

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