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Thick As A Brick [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued]

Jethro Tull Audio CD
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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Jun 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000AOUD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Thick As A Brick (Part 1) (1997 Digital Remaster)22:40Album Only
Listen  2. Thick As A Brick (Part 2) (1997 Digital Remaster)21:09Album Only
Listen  3. Thick As A Brick (Live At Madison Square Garden)11:50Album Only
Listen  4. Interview With Jethro Tull16:30Album Only

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tull are definitely not 'Thick'! 21 Feb 2000
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One of Jethro Tull's most impressive, memorable, yet strangest albums from the early '70s. The concept of a continuous song (but suddenly changing here and there), was clever at the time. Based upon the theme of a young poet acclaimed then denounced because of his 'strongly-worded' entry in a competition. The replica newspaper describing both articles - and much more besides! - was included with the original vinyl version. Yet two more extras were added to the 25th Anniversary of 'Thick As A Brick - LATE EDITION' CD: 'Live at Madison Square Garden' and 'Exclusive Interview with...'; the former can also be found on Tull's 20th Anniversary Video, (the first Live Transatlantic Recording) while the latter concerns Ian, Martin Barre, and Jeffrey Hammond offering insight to the uncertain, sufferable times during its creation in '72. Following the success of 'Aqualung', Tull were by this time sunning in the limelight, having achieved tremendous popularity in the music world, with one of the most important albums of their career. I deem this a five star classic wonder because of the Anniversary Package bonus tracks - although Jethro Tull really went to town by designing the realistic 'St. Cleve and Herald' community newspaper! Thus proving themselves multi-talented, Ian insisted that live performances resemble 'Monty Python' sketches, and add a little humour to the throng. Although Britain's audiences were doubtless rolling in the aisles, it was met with much puzzlement in Europe and Japan where early 70's bizarre British humour hadn't yet caught on. But that didn't matter - the band was there to earn money, perform (in more ways than one) to eager fans, and enjoy the good old days!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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When I was getting into Jethro Tull in the mid-to-late 70s, I was drawn to both the newer albums of the time ('Songs from the Woods', 'Heavy Horses' etc.) as well as the classic earlier albums ('Aqualung', 'Stand Up' etc.), but wasn't sure if buying an album with my prized pocket money with apparently no track listing, and a newspaper for a cover was going to be a major disappointment or not. I'm pleased I took the plunge, because for me it remains their best album and the one I return to even in my older years!

Firstly, the whole thing just flows... from its classic acoustic guitar start through all the guitar and keyboard-orientated sections (some amazingly powerful) and then takes you back home right at the end. Great recurring themes and tunes (very melodic at times), a variety of time signatures, and an engaging lyrical theme - make this not only a Prog Rock concept album masterpiece, but a Classic Rock one too!

Do I follow all the lyrics? - well, not really. But I can see it's about a boy's journey towards adulthood (autobiographical by Ian Anderson?) into the world where freedom is despised and conventionality is praised. In fact, I always think Ian did a better job with this album than Roger Waters did with parts of 'The Wall' in expressing this anti-establishment sentiment.

What the album really benefits from are some really great tunes that stay in your head and have you humming the notes for hours after listening to them (something lacking in the likes of 'A Passion Play' and some later albums). However, I agree with an earlier reviewer that despite this melodic accessibility for a concept album, the album needs to be focussed on (rather than played in the background) to get the most out of it.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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I have been listening to my Dad's Vinyl collection and I asked my Dad about this particular record. He played it to me and I was astounded at how well the music was played. The strange time changes add to the superb playing of Anderson, Hammond, et al. The lyrics are so cleverly done (and in some places downright weird). I really like the sleeve that came with the vinyl, especially the way it really is like a local newspaper with poorly spelled words and bad typing, accompanied with a brilliant crossword (with which Me and my dad have struggled). Overall I have to say that this is, along with Aqualung, one of the best albums I have heard by Tull. I also recommend to any budding Tull fans to check out Gentle Giant ("In a Glass House" or "3 Friends"). Hope you enjoy this album (and others) as much as I did.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thick as Brick 5 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
As the proud owner of a vast array of Tull albums most of which are all on vinyl, I have to say that without a doubt the most magical masterpiece of all was and still is Thick as a Brick. Tull is unique in the fact that if you work your way steadily through their albums, whilst there is a common characteristic which threads its way through the centre - each piece is amazingly quite different. Thick as a Brick encapsulates all the flexibilty, ingenuity and music genious of Tull and even 30 years after its production could still be mistaken for a brand new release. It is timeless and is as exciting now as it was when first created and I would say has to go down in music history as one of the top compilations ever produced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ah - the days of the concept album 13 Jan 2003
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This is, indeed a concept album. As the story goes, it was apparently made because the previous effort 'Aqualung', while certainly exploring a common theme through most of the songs, was misinterpreted as a concept album, royalling pi**ing off Mr Ian Anderson. 'Thick as a Brick' was his "so you want a concept album then?" reply.
Doesn't make it a bad thing though. But it does mean that if you like your songs to come in 3-minute easily-digested slices this is not the album for you. At least on vinyl you'd get a break at the end of the side, but you don't even have that chance on CD!
Bits of this album still regularly appear in Tull's live set and various edits are always on the compilations. It is great music, typical of Tull's ongoing progress from album to album - a point I need to make before telling you that it is pretty much a spoof album, taking the proverbial out of all those seeking deep messages in the artistic output of the bands of the day. A quote from the newspaper included in the sleeve notes should explain:
"The Society For Literary Advancement And Gestation (SLAG), announced their decision late last night to disqualify eight year old prize-winner Gerald (Little Milton) Bostock following the hundreds of protests and threats received after the reading of his epic poem “Thick As A Brick” on BBC Television last Monday night. A hastily reconvened panel of Judges accepted the decision by four leading child psychiatrists that the boy’s mind was seriously unbalanced and that his work was a product of an “extremely unwholesome attitude towards life, his God and Country”. Bostock was recommended for psychiatric treatment following examination “without delay”."
Tull of course decide to perform the poem.
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Published 19 days ago by MR G D DOWLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull - "Thick As A Brick"
This is a beautiful album of progressive rock and one of the best of Jethro Tull. It is considered a classic album of this genre. The tracks are long but not boring. Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Robert Krajca
4.0 out of 5 stars Going Truly Prog
The fact that Thick as a Brick still stands up to scrutiny four decades after it was produced is testimony to Tull's lasting appeal. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars A great cd
I've always liked jethro tull music. The band is amazing. I've always been into them lyrically and I love flute sounds
Published 6 months ago by Ann siddique
5.0 out of 5 stars Full-on progressive rock!
Jethro Tull's 5th studio album is an ambitious project; a 1 piece suite that was originally split over 2 sides on the vinyl LP of 1972 and lasting nearly 44 minutes long. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD
Published 9 months ago by x EM EM CE EL x
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
All serious record collections should have at least a couple of Tull albums, this should be one of them. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jim Fearns
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