Aqualung will turn 45 in 2016, and Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson sat down with Artisan News Service recently to share some insights about the album’s origins, which you can hear in the video below.
The album, the group’s fourth, features some of the Tull’s best-known songs, including its title track, “Cross-Eyed Mary,” and “Locomotive Breath.” Those and several others are fully formed rock tracks, but as Anderson explains, Aqualung didn’t begin as a rock album.
“I think of it as being a singer-songwriter album with attitude,” he says. “A lot of the songs were written with an acoustic guitar sitting in a hotel room somewhere on a U.S. tour in 1969 or ’70, and some of them were left that way. They were recorded by me alone in the studio, and then we overdubbed some bits to them. But then there were the rock songs that became more fully arranged rock tracks, like ‘Locomotive Breath’ and the title track, ‘Aqualung.’
“However, I still think of it as its origins as being kind of singer-songwriter stuff. It wasn’t necessarily written all as a rock album.”
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Anderson has also announced more dates for the Jethro Tull–The Rock Opera tour. You can get full details at the group’s website.