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Thick As A Brick 2 [CD]

Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B0073XORLU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. From a Pebble Thrown
2. Pebbles Instrumental
3. Might Have Beens
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
11. Give Till It Hurts
12. Cosy Corner
13. Shunt and Shuffle
14. A Change Of Horses
15. Confessional
16. Kismet in Suburbia
17. What-ifs, Maybes and Might-have-beens

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The follow up to Jethro Tull's 1972 album 'Thick as a Brick'. The album includes the tracks 'Old School Song', 'Cosy Corner' and 'Might Have Beens'.

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22 of 22 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Bets, Ian Wins 4 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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136 of 142 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
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 29 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
I just didn't understand the original album for a long time but started to really listen to it in preperation for the recent Manchester TAAB concert, I found that the sequel was, dare I say it. much better on first listening than the original.

I know that this is going to invite lots of contensious replies from the die hard Tull fans but for me it is true. It took many years and lots of listening before I started to like the first album and now, I wonder why I didn't like it in the first place. I had not heard the TAAB2 album before I saw it performed live but I enjoyed it at first hearing. I was probably one of the few people who was hoping it wasn't too much like the original and I wasn't disappointed. The music sounded fresh with some excellent playing from every member of the band. The additional vocals from Ryan O'Donnell compliment Ian Andersons voice in a completely unexpected way.

Too many people are expecting a clone of the original which is the only reason this album gets bad reviews. These people are judging this album on a 40 year old classic that they have listened to countless times instead of as a completely new album with a totally different concept idea. The album examines the life of the ficticious Gerald Bostock from his disqualification to the present day whereas the original was the musical interpretation of the poem written by Gerald.

The Thick as a Brick album still holds good 40 years on and is perfectly complimented by the addition of Thick as a Brick 2. Do not look at the new album as a sequel to the first album, listen to it with an open mind and you will realise that this album is just as strong as the original.
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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 1 month 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 5 months ago by francesco graceffa
3.0 out of 5 stars I tried so hard to love this album
...it'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 8 months ago by Debz
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 better than ?
Well not quite but went to see him perform this last year and had top have the CD. Does not disappoint if not quite TAAB1
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Ray G. Sheale
5.0 out of 5 stars And your wise men don't know how it feels...
Thick as a Brick was an early purchase for me back when I was originally getting into Jethro Tull. I've read the St. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chika
5.0 out of 5 stars Tull...great
It's a shame that when I first ordered this album that I was sent the original! Not a problem though as I didn't have it anyway, so now I have both, so I'm happy.
Published 12 months ago by lastman2stand
4.0 out of 5 stars Best since Crest of a Knave
Although released under the flag of Ian Anderson and no other Tull members are involved (nor mentioned in the booklet, not even in the thanks to department), this is classic Jethro... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stefan5810
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