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Jethro Tull Aqualung vs. David Bowie Ziggy Stardust

August 8 2017 at 6:20 PM
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HI, it seems that Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull beat Bowie to the punch in 1971, creating and playing his own character, Aqualung, with an entire set of songs around him.

The album cover featured a painting of Anderson as Aqualung, prefiguring the Diamond Dogs album cover.

Did this album influence the making of Ziggy Stardust? At any rate, Aqualung is a much better written and performed album of music. That's because Jethro Tull was a better band.

Your thoughts? Let's keep this thread at the top for discussion's sake.

 
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August 8 2017, 8:26 PM 

I'd like to keep this up for discussion's sake.

 
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August 8 2017, 8:48 PM 

Has anyone heard the flat mastered, remixed Aqualung? If only Bowie authorized something like this

 
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August 8 2017, 9:27 PM 

Sam talking to himself notifier to this thread please.

 
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August 8 2017, 10:25 PM 

What do you mean by flat mastered?

 
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August 8 2017, 10:44 PM 

The music was released without any mastering tweaks to make it too bright, harsh, and fatiguing. The music is now smooth, and nice to listen to. Audiophiles are raving about the new release.

 
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August 8 2017, 11:07 PM 

Have you posted the same question on the Jethro Tull Forum?

Or do you only troll BWW?

 
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August 9 2017, 12:43 PM 

I have to admit I have ordered the remixed flat mastering of Aqualung and Benefit.

Flat mastered means essentially no mastering applied, just the sound of the original master tapes. Usually this sounds pretty great.

If only Bowie offered this kind of reissue program.

 
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These are fair questions

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August 9 2017, 8:55 PM 

about the mastering.

Just because some like to mock Sam's questions and/or style, doesn't mean these are not fair concerns - shared by many, audiophile or not.

I've given up on Bowie CD's largely, I listen to vinyl transfers or similar.

It is sad that those responsible for mastering and marketing Bowie's music are chasing a market that a) isn't wholly there (not everyone wants music mastered that way)
b) may put off some.

There is no easy answer, as trends - in sound or otherwise - can create an expectation.

However the fact that vinyl has made a comeback means some prefer the natural sound.

Believe it or not, the latter can be achieved on CD. It does not have to be pushed to the limits, leaving no headroom (look it up, naysayers), or harshly mixed, either.
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* What are your hopes for these releases?
* Let's have The Man Who Sold The World with the complete Paris Cinema Studios, Feb 5, 1970 radio concert, and the complete April 1970 radio session. Hunky Dory - add the complete Paris Cinema Studios concert, June 1971 in stereo, from the BBC Stereo Transcription LP if the master is lost!
* Any future live 1974 release MUST include a recording of Drive In Saturday from the early part of the tour, it's classic!
The next DVD release?
* Cracked Actor / Omnibus documentary must be released on DVD!

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