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Thick As A Brick 2 [CD+DVD]

Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
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  • 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 (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,001 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)

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CD 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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137 of 144 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson - Thick As A Brick 2 2 April 2012
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minstrel Returns To The Gallery! 24 May 2012
By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars taab 2 5 April 2012
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It was always going to be a challenge for ian anderson to surpass the excellent thick as a brick album from `72, but he does a fine job on this follow up, although it doesn`t flow like the original, the songs are strong, just wish it was a jethro tull album with martin barre.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Bets, Ian Wins 4 Jun 2012
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You can tell this album has everyone talking from the number of reviews in such a short space in time. I've not rushed to share my thoughts because this piece of music takes time to settle. You need to listen and let it grow. My conclusion, and of course it's only an opinion, is that this is the best piece Ian has written since Aqualung. It is positively inspired. Most will disagree when I say it is a better, and far more varied, album than the original TAAB.
For me this work finally confirms the man as a genius. The music is complicated, it's clever, it's certainly progressive and definitely contemporary. I think the theme of 'what ifs' is a masterstroke and has given him lots of scope to work in themes close to his heart. There has been much talk of who is in the band and who is not, but in the end it really doesn't matter. These guys can play beautifully and Ian and Steven Wilson have engineered the sound perfectly.
As said by an earlier reviewer, at this stage of his life it's an album of a quality we had no right to expect. Enjoy the past, but embrace this 'present'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome! Buy It Now. 3 May 2012
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After some indifferent albums over the past few years this is a must buy for any proper Tull fans, I usually can tell if Im gonna like a Tull/Anderson album after 1 or 2 listenings, and this one has got me absolutely hooked, Its certainly different but its addictive, I think there has been a few negative comments made because its a different line up than usual, Ignore them and buy this its a masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Anders Thomsen
1.0 out of 5 stars Gerald Bostock is a bore.
Extremely disappointing sequel to TAAB. I have been a fan of Jethro Tull for many years now, and have enjoyed the vast majority of their releases, as well as Ian Anderson's solo... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars TAAB2
Loved him and his fellow musicians ever since "Aqualung!" Nothing has changed, still wonderful and

Albert Hall performance was sensational!
Published 1 month ago by Airedale2
5.0 out of 5 stars The person I bought this for is a big Jethro ...
The person I bought this for is a big Jethro Tull fan so loves it
Published 1 month ago by Janet Susan Barber
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
What ever happen to Gerald Bostock now we know the DVD that comes with it is worth a watch. Not as good as the original which is a must own. But a good addition never the less.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. E. Cardwell
5.0 out of 5 stars A pure work of genius
Before buying this album, I was a bit sceptical on what the follow-up, some 40 years after releasing the superb original album, would be like. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Beowulf
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog God 2013
Never too old for prog rock, I'd say. A great album for a great musician, creative and inspired. The live show is astonishing.
Published 7 months ago by Mario Santucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A must for tull fans
A solo version of taab, completly different from the original
Not sure why he made this one though
Published 8 months ago by grandad
5.0 out of 5 stars a five star album
As always Ian Anderson has delivered another masterpiece,a continuation from the original album,the fluidity takes you back 40 years to experience what started it all
Published 9 months ago by francesco graceffa
3.0 out of 5 stars I tried so hard to love this album's clever, quirky, a coupla good songs...... even Ian Anderson's contemporary poetry is OK. It just didn't do it for me, too self-indulgent and a bit pastiche....
Published 13 months ago by Debz
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