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White Hot Stamper

Jethro Tull
Aqualung

  (Item #: jethraqual_1908) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A wildy impressive original pressing: Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • With this Triple Plus side one you get Demo Disc quality sound for the one-two punch of Aqualung and Cross-Eyed Mary
  • The sound is phenomenal from start to finish -- big, punchy, present, tubey and brimming with Rock and Roll energy
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that still floors us on the better copies, with sound that jumps from the speakers
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Mixing hard rock and folk melodies with Ian Anderson's dour musings on faith and religion, the record was extremely profound for a number seven chart hit, one of the most cerebral albums ever to reach millions of rock listeners."
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Super Hot Stamper

Jethro Tull
Aqualung

  (Item #: jethraqual_1901_1_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful copy of Jethro Tull's fourth studio album earned oustanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • The sound is excellent from start to finish - big, punchy, present, tubey and bursting with Rock and Roll energy
  • A Better Records Top 100 title that still floors us on the better copies, with sound that will jump right out of your speakers
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... one of the most astonishing progressions in rock history... the degree to which Tull upped the ante here is remarkable... Varied but cohesive, Aqualung is widely regarded as Tull's finest hour."
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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: jethraqualdebunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

We noted in our Hot Stamper review for Aqualung that the MoFi is a disaster, with the murky bloated DCC even worse. (We didn’t like the Classic either.)

But we used to like the MoFi and DCC just fine. What could possibly have changed?

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Not a Hot Stamper But You Could Do Worse!

  (Item #: jethraqual_UK) 



This Minty looking British Import Chrysalis LP with 1U/3U stampers is one of the cleanest Brit copies we've seen in a while. We cleaned this one up and gave it a listen, and while we certainly prefer the sound of the best domestic originals, this one was a nice step up from many of the copies we played it against. We rated side one about an A minus and side two around a solid A.
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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: jethraqual_classic_debunked) 



Sonic Grade: D

Another Classic Records LP debunked.

By the time the guitars at the end of the title track fade out you will be ready to take your heavy vinyl Classic and ceremoniously drop it in a trashcan. (Actually, the best use for it is to demonstrate to your skeptical audiophile friends that no heavy vinyl pressing can begin to compete with a Hot Stamper from Better Records. Not in a million years.)

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: jethraqual_obsess) 



AQUALUNG is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries.

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

British Band, British Pressing... Right?

  (Item #: jethraqual_myth_2014) 



Nope. It’s just another Record Myth.

As we’ve noted so many times before, this British band, like many of their brethren, had their master tapes sent to America to make our much-maligned domestic pressings. I maligned them myself, wrongly I now realize.

It takes an amazing stereo and a top quality Hot Stamper pressing to get this music to work its magic. If you are lucky enough to have those two things, you will not believe how good this album sounds on domestic vinyl, so much better than you ever thought possible. It’s not perfect, but with the right pressing you can hear why Anderson, his bandmates, the engineer and producer all thought they had put a real winner down on tape.

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

DCC Debunked

  (Item #: jethraqual_dcc_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another DCC LP debunked.

As bad as the MoFi is, the DCC is even worse. Murky and bloated, to my ear it does almost nothing right, not on vinyl anyway. I’ll bet you the DCC Gold CD is better, and it's certainly nothing to write home about.

Our Hot Stamper commentary below sorts out the DCC, the Classic Records Heavy Vinyl pressing and the MoFi Half-Speed Mastered LP, as well as British and domestic originals.

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Our Four Plus Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: jethraqual_2013) 



This Original Reprise Aqualung has a STUNNING Beyond WHITE HOT side two that just may have the best sound we've ever heard for the album. It will absolutely MURDER the British Originals and make mincemeat out of any reissue! Folks, for hard rockin’, Tubey Magical, psychedelic early ’70s analog, it just does not get any better. Here's a knockout copy that will bring the power of Aqualung to life right in your very own listening room.

Keep in mind that most copies of Aqualung do almost nothing right. In fact, in one of our recent shootouts we didn't find a single copy worthy of a three-plus grade. This one was so impressive, we felt that A+++ was not enough. No, Three Pluses won't do for an Aqualung that sounds this good.

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: jethraqual_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

OH YEAH! This Original Domestic Aqualung has TWO STUNNING SIDES that will MURDER the British Originals and make mincemeat out of any reissue! Folks, for hard rockin’, tubey magical, psychedelic ’60s analog, it just does not get much better than this album. Here’s a knockout copy that will bring the power of Aqualung to life right there in your living room. Side one rates A+++ and side two rates A++; both easily defeated our best Import pressings, including a handful of sides with 1U, 2U, and 3U stampers -- the kind that go for big dollars on eBay no matter what they sound like.

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Jethro Tull Aqualung Testimonial

It was like the musicians were right in my room ...

  (Item #: jethraqual_letter_roger) 



This week’s testimonial letter comes from our good customer Roger, who was blown away by the Hot Stamper pressing of Aqualung we sent him. Roger, as expected, did a thorough shootout of our Hot Stamper against the audiophile usual suspects. The results?
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Why Own a Turntable if You're Going to Play Mediocrities Like These?

  (Item #: bad180) 



This commentary was posted in 2007 and amended later with the statement that we would no longer be ordering new heavy vinyl titles starting in 2010. By 2011 we had eliminated them completely from our site. If you bought any Heavy Vinyl pressing from us, ever, now is the time to get rid of it and hear what a Hot Stamper can do for your musical enjoyment.

Three of the Top Five sellers this week (8/22/07) at Acoustic Sounds are records we found hard to like: Aja, Aqualung and Blue. Can you really defend the expense and hassle of analog LP playback with records that sound as mediocre as this Rhino pressing of Blue?


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Wire Testing

with Jethro Tull and His Friend Aqualung...

  (Item #: jethraqual_test_) 



... who seems to have a rather nasty bronchial condition...

Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

Like Heart's Little Queen album, Aqualung presents us with a Demo Disc / Test Disc that really puts a stereo through its paces, assuming it’s the kind of stereo that’s designed to play an album like Aqualung.

Not many audiophile systems I’ve run across over the years were capable of reproducing the Big Rock Sound this album requires, but perhaps you have one and would like to use the album to test some of your tweaks and components. I used it to show me how bad sounding some of the audiophile wire I was testing really was.

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