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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B0073XORCY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. From A Pebble Thrown
2. Pebbles Instrumental
3. Might - have
4. Upper Sixth Loan Shark
5. Banker Bets, Banker Wins
6. Swing It Far
7. Adrift And Dumfounded
8. Old School Song
9. Wootton Bassett Town
10. Power And Spirit
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. DVD includes 5.1 Surround Sound of entire album tracklisting (Mixed by Steven Wilson)
2. `The making of the album' (15 min)
3. Interview with Ian Anderson talking about the album
4. Interview with Steven Wilson - Lyric reading (25min)

Product Description

In 1972, Ian Anderson wrote and recorded the Jethro Tull Progressive Rock classic album Thick As A Brick. The lyrics were credited at the time to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age. The record instantly became a number one Billboard Chart album and enjoyed considerable success in many countries of the world. So, forty years on, what would Gerald Bostock – aged fifty in 2012 – be doing today? What might have befallen him? The anniversary “part two” album will examine the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy, Gerald Bostock, might have taken later in life through alter-ego characters with song-section identities illustrating the hugely varied potential twists and turns of fate and opportunity. Not just for Gerald but to echo how our own lives develop, change direction and ultimately conclude through chance encounters and interventions, however tiny and insignificant they might seem at the time.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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138 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 April 2012
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This is a hard album to judge in any objective way. If you are a newcommer it may be hard to understand and yet most people who are likely to buy the album are also likely to think it should have never been made in the first place, for several different reasons.

First of all, Jethro Tull's 1972 album Thick As A Brick is a beloved classic of the genre, that doesn't really need a sequel both because it worked on its own and because it was a deliberate send up of concept albums themselves. Besides that, the story of this sequel is about the life of the fictional writer of the previous album Gerald Bostock and not the lyrics of the actual album itself. Therefore in essence, this is more of a sequel to the album's artwork or meta-narrative than its narrative, which is a weird thought.

Secondly, this album is not released under the same Jethro Tull band-name that the previous Thick As A Brick was. This situation is almost like Roger Waters releasing The Wall 2 as a solo album, which is another weird thought, and sure to cause confusion when filing. You could find yourself thinking too much about whether you file it as an Ian Anderson album, a Jethro Tull album or under a new category called `Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson.'

Another point is "why now?" It has been so long since the first one. Ian's voice has changed so much, his playing style has changed so much and the music scene has changed so much. Surely Ian would know how defensive of the original everyone would be after this much time. No album will look good when it has to be compared to something that people have loved for decades.

Finally, Martin Barre, who has been on every single Jethro Tull album ever, except their debut, is absent.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
The central supporting pillar of the great rock edifice that is Jethro Tull has always been Ian Anderson. His is a signature sound and he's one of the best lyricists in the business. Following up 'Thick As A Brick' after so many years must have been quite a challenge, but the muse has clearly gripped Mr Anderson and inspired him to deliver this wonderful album. My God, this is a good listen! It's poetic, it's rock, it's prog, it's just superb. The musicianship is, of course, first class. Having seen Tull live in recent years, I have been a bit worried about Ian's voice. But there is no hint of weakness, age, or infirmity here. His rich dulcet tones, harmonies and mischievous vocal delivery are all there. Hammond organ, piano, flute, brass, guitars both electric and acoustic, drums, bass are all here too. This is a quality suite of songs that would do justice to the original album. There are snippets of music leaping out of the speakers that pay homage to the original 'Thick As A Brick', but these are welcome passages that greet listeners of a certain age like old friends. There is never any hint of "Here we go again, the same old stuff" because these bits and bobs don't quite go over old ground, but stride out with confidence into pastures new. And the old dog is still bothering God and has added bankers to his hit list. Tull fans should celebrate this release. New fans should give it a fair hearing, and rummage through Dad's music collection to get out the original 'Thick As A Brick' album and play it with the volume turned up. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan VINE VOICE on 6 April 2012
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Nine years after the last Jethro Tull album, seven years after the last Ian Anderson solo album, we have the strange hybrid "Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson" recording a follow-up to 1972's prog rock odyssey "Thick As a Brick". If we can feel our way past the (inexplicable) absence of Tull stalwart and guitar hero Martin Barre, there's plenty to like here. The classic newspaper concept of "Thick As A Brick" is here reproduced as a news website, with a self-mocking reference to Anderson as an "ageing rock star" playing a charity gig in support of an old people's charity. Ha-ha, and indeed, ho-ho. The album is subtitled "Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?" and follows the possible futures of the fictional child prodigy behind the original recording, offering Anderson a chance to bookend his career nicely. "Thick As A Brick" was an angry album, satirically and sardonically condemning the world of early '70s Britain with its political humbug, religious hypocrisy, military histrionics and sexual hangups. The opportunity is here for "Thick As A Brick 2" to answer, where did the children of the '70s go? What happened to them? How did it all turn out?

Musically, this is all very much in the style of late Tull (since 1995's "Roots to Branches") and Ian Anderson's solo material, albeit with the world music motifs toned down. However, a serious attempt has been made to capture the musical textures of 1972 - that's a real Hammond organ in there and the mandolin and keyboard riffs deliberately echo the original.
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