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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, 5 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Thick As a Brick [40th Anniversary Special Edition] (Audio CD)
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". Someone pay this guy to revisit the entire Tull catalog. I'd gladly buy every one all over again.

My final thought here is this release is such a credit to all involved. Talk about being put together with love, care, and attention. This is worth ten stars, let alone five. I expected a lot, and got even more. What a release. Thanks to all that had a hand in putting this out. Fantastic!
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Initial post: 6 Nov 2012 08:52:12 GMT
John Stout says:
How are the discs packaged? In cardboard sleeves, or plastic trays? I've had problems with similar packages in the past, with discs rammed into cardboard sleeves bookending the set, and the discs proving difficult to remove or coming out damaged.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 10:04:46 GMT
Vaughan says:
The discs are fixed into the back of the package (similar to DVD cases - in a plastic tray). There are no cardboard sleeves in this release.

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 18:53:20 GMT
A. Guthrie says:
Does your set have the 'defect' of having pages 1-4 of the colour supplement duplicated, then also pages 5-8?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 22:03:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Nov 2012 22:04:06 GMT
Vaughan says:
HM - I just checked mine for you, and I have no such problem. I have a single color page with a crease in it, but since it was factory sealed I simply accept it as "something that happens". But there are no duplicate pages. My creased page is Page 41 of the color supplement.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2012 20:35:57 GMT
A. Guthrie says:
Everything else is perfect. What's happened is that the pages are stitched in 8 page signatures, and a second copy of the first signature has been inserted by accident between pages 4 and 5.

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 01:31:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 02:13:12 GMT
Constantine says:
There are many problems with this release that render the DVD useless. This reviewer ignores these. Please read the reviews on, it's the same release.

A fix is needed by EMI.

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 08:55:06 GMT
Vaughan crash, Could not agree more, my fave bands Pink Floyd, Doors,Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and of course Jethro Tull. Either one could go to number one at anytime, Jethro Tull's "Thick As A Brick" needs no introduction. The previous edition the 25th Anniversary edition was a sonic masterpiece, and the recent 40th Anniversary edition of Aqualung was out of this world and now the 40th A of T.A.A.B at the moment it sounds absolutely huge in surround sound, especially through my bluray player, powerful stuff!!! The 100 page book including the original news paper edition in a smaller compact version and the glossy book is also excellent with wonderful images and
never seen before photos of the band and a naked lady on the phone!! What a great year for "Tull" fanatics, could not have got any better. Aqualung box set, T.A.A.B and T.A.A.B 2 also in 5.1. Simply superb!!!

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 09:14:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2012 09:21:48 GMT
Constantine says:
From the official Tull site:


We have been alerted to the fact that there are three small audio glitches on the 5.1 streams on the DVD part of the Thick As A Brick Special Edition CD/DVD set. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Any new stock going into stores will be amended & for fans who've already purchased the set we will be making available a replacement DVD disc for you. More information to follow shortly. This occurred in the very final stage of mastering prior to manufacture of the commercial run of product and was not noticed until attentive early purchasers spotted the digital errors.
With our apologies.

EMI Music, Ian Anderson and Steven Wilson."

They wouldn't go through this hassle for just 3 reported glitches, most people wouldn't hear anyway. A new disc will be delivered with all mastering mistakes fixed.
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