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Thick As a Brick [40th Anniversary Special Edition] [CD+DVD, Special Edition]

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 (5 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Special Edition
  • Label: EMI Music Catalogue
  • ASIN: B008S6B480
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Thick As A Brick (Part 1) (2012 Remix)
2. Thick As A Brick (Part 2) (2012 Remix)
Disc: 2
1. Thick As A Brick (Part 1) (5.1 Mix DTS & Dolby Digital)
2. Thick As A Brick (Part 2) (5.1 Mix DTS & Dolby Digital)
3. Thick As A Brick (Part 1) (2012 Remix)
4. Thick As A Brick (Part 2) (2012 Remix)
5. Thick As A Brick (Part 1)
6. Thick As A Brick (Part 2)
7. Radio Ad (2012 - Remaster)

Product Description

Product Description

Classic Rock Magazine – November 2012 – 8/10
“ Thick As A Brick stands as one of the great 70s concept albums, but it can be heard now as a part of a lifetime narrative"

BBC Review

Classic Rock Magazine – November 2012 – 8/10
“ Thick As A Brick stands as one of the great 70s concept albums, but it can be heard now as a part of a lifetime narrative"
MOJO - ****
“ There’s an honesty, charm and fantastic energy to Thick As A Brick that the passage of time simply can’t erode.”

Uncut – 7/10
“ Mixing acoustic guitar/flute folksiness with crunching rock heft, prog curlicues, classical allusions and a tinge of jazz fusion topped with dense and complex lyrics, it has stood the test of time, It has stood the test of time surprisingly well.”

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 5 Nov 2012
By Vaughan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Firstly let me say that I'm not going to review the music - this is a Tull classic, and I'm assuming anyone who has come to this page knows it well enough (if not, just buy this anyway). Instead I want to talk about the package itself, here released in a "40th Anniversary" edition.

I have bought Thick as a Brick many times - on vinyl, Mini LP, several CD versions etc. I hesitated to buy it again, but boy am I glad I pre-ordered this. The music comes in a hard cover book format (roughly the size of a paperback book). The newspaper from the original vinyl release is reproduced in a large format (so it's readable!) In this format the newspaper is 40 pages long (that's a page for every year of release). They used the original textured paper for this section, which is a nice addition.

Next up is the "Colour Supplement". This is printed on high-quality glossy paper stock, and is full of pictures I've certainly never seen before. It has various sections including: 11 page article by Dom Lawson; 6 page article with Robin Black (producer); 6 page article with Eric Brooks (tour manager); 8 page interview with Ian Anderson, Jeffrey Hammond, and Martin Barre from 1997; 18 page section of pictures "On Tour", and the lyrics in Italian and German (no English though).

There are two discs - the first is the newly remixed version in stereo. Then we have a DVD that includes a 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital Surround mix. Also we get the new stereo mix in 96/24 PCM, along with the original 1972 stereo mix also in 96/24 PCM. As a bonus (!) we get a 1972 radio ad.

Steve Wilson - who did a fantastic job of Aqualung recently - is back to do this new remix. The quality is just - well the only word I can think of is "obscene".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
OK where to start, I hated Jethro Tull, some of my mates kept raving about it and I just didn't get it. One of my friends big brothers had the original vinyl release, with the newspaper. So I started reading the newspaper one day. Eventually I started listening to the album...then I got to see Tull live (twice...that's a lot down here in South Africa, as everyone seems to come here once). So this was may way into Tull.

I had the cd , but it's not the same is it, I mean the cover is tiny, the detail is lost. Then someone comes up with this idea, and Steven Wilson gets involved in the mix and you have something special again.

Good effort with the newspaper in a book - brings back the old excitement like the day I first bought home close to the edge and opened the gatefold sleeve.

As for the 5.1 mix, I loved it. Some people put real love and effort into this. To me it was like listening to an album on headphones in the 70's, when I was but a lad, and according to my daughter dinosaurs ruled the earth. The detail of the music was all around me and the magic was there - to read the lyrics and book while listening to the surround sound mix was special.

This was one of my special albums. It was obviously one of Steven Wilson's special albums. Seriously I don't feel ripped off, just glad I bought this.

Thanks to everyone who was involved in getting this out.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I finally got my box set in the mail and excitedly put on the DVD in 5.1, the reason I got this for. I am happy with the mix overall and feel the album is an improvement in suround sound. However I had a few thoughts that something wasn't quite right with the sound on the first few minutes of the disc between 2:32 and 3:02 there is a problem with the audio on the 5.1 portion of the DVD. It is a slight delay or pause that is noticeable on 3 occasions. I am very disappointed this was not picked up and 1000s of fans who spent a lot of money on this set will also be disappointed about the problem that's on their DVD.
As a package this is well done, the booklet is great with a lot of pics and info on the sessions.
No bonus material is included which is probably the biggest let-down I have with this set.
The CD sounds great and is a definitive improvement on the old master.
If you have the patience wait until the DVD is fixed up before buying this box set.

Aditional info: 5-2-2013
Just received a replacement DVD after waiting 3 months. I am very happy to say the sound on the 5.1 mix is far superior to the one I reveiwed here originally, however I am sticking to my original review above to show the contempt EMI showed me in their lack of care regarding my initial problems with my DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tull triumph 16 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For me this is Tull's best album, much as I love Aqualung. Punchy, complex and beautiful all in one neat package! Haven't got 5.1 sound system so can't comment on the dvd disc but the 40th anniversary cd remix is spot on.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I saw the band perform this masterpiece live around the time of release in the early seventies and have always been fascinated by IA's fine acoustic guitar work and BB's imaginative drumming, etc (BTW I recommend the live version on the AVO Session Basel DVD).

While this is a very worthwhile release, with an informative booklet and lots of options for enjoying the music, in my opinion the remixed formats are let down by the inconsistant drum/cymbal sound quality.

For example, at around 3 minutes into 'side one' when Mr Barlow comes in, the hihats sound so muffled it's as though he's not playing in the same studio as the rest of the band, yet at other times later on they're crystal clear. Perhaps there were problems with the original multi-track tape.

The stereo and 5.1 remixes are an interesting alternative but I have to say that on this occasion, taking everything into account, I prefer the sound of the original vinyl release. It's a pity as I was really looking forward to hearing this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Re-issue
Excellent package which brought back the feel of the original vinyl album with newspaper. Colour supplement is also very good and nice extra.
Published 9 months ago by steve horton
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Bought this for my husbands birthday , he was thrilled with the sound quality of this special edition 40th anniversary product .
Published 10 months ago by GILL MATTHEWS
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounded dated
Not as I remember from the release date. Phasing still sounds good but rambling songs on each side become boring
Published 12 months ago by H. Hoaran
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent
I have it on cd, but i love the new surround mix in high definetion an a super mix from Steven Wilson
Published 12 months ago by Jan Ibsen Hansen
3.0 out of 5 stars What have you done?
Bought this entire album as a download. What a disappointment! In order to be able to 'sell off separate tracks' for the download market, it's been split up into 8 parts (with 7... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dan Glaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon stock now fixed and sounds great!
I purchased this package on release but returned it due to mastering glitches. When Amazon got new stock I reordered, and I'm happy to report that the new stock is fixed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. T. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past
It is always difficult to think of Christmas presents for my brother. I should get lots of brownie points for this.
Published 19 months ago by Janet M Burhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Surpreendentemente bom (portuguese only)
Se você já gostava de Thick as a Brick, vai se surpreender com a qualidade gráfica desta edição e, principalmente, do áudio. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Arcabuz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thicker Brick
Theres been enough said about this masterpiece of shaggy dogism, already, but this Special Edition has polished up the old dog until its better than new. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Magnus Quad
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Brick laid to Rest
Having given the original LP's away that I purchased after the gig, this has to be the best reissue of the 'Ultimate Prog' album ever released by a band of both class and talent. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Colin S Cronin
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