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DISC & MUSIC ECHO

6 February 1971

NEW JETHRO TULL ALBUM IS A 'PUNCH IN THE FACE FOR THE CHURCH'

Jethro Tull's next LP, the first with new bassman Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, will be released on March ? and titled Aqualung. It is also the first Jethro Tull album with a common theme, and includes their much-requested stage number 'My God.'

Says manager Terry Ellis:

'Aqualung' is the name of the character who represents the lowest common denominator in society — the dirty old man, the tramp, the dosser. He has a little of every anti-social trait in him. His name comes from the wheezing cough from which he suffers.

The album is essentially anti-religious — a punch in the face for the Church. Some people will undoubtedly be offended by it, but only because they have not taken the trouble to look beyond their initial impression.

The Jethro single 'Lick Your Fingers Clean' (from the LP), set for release late last month, has been withdrawn because it now clashes with the album's release date.