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Thick As a Brick, 40th Anniversary Special Edition


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  • Audio CD (January 2, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00APTBXMA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Thick As A Brick (Part 1) (2012 Remix) 22:45
2. Thick As A Brick (Part 2) (2012 Remix) 21:07
Disc: 2
1. Thick As A Brick (Part 1) (5.1 Mix DTS & Dolby Digital) 22:45
2. Thick As A Brick (Part 2) (5.1 Mix DTS & Dolby Digital) 21:07
3. Thick As A Brick (Part 1) (2012 Remix) 22:45
4. Thick As A Brick (Part 2) (2012 Remix) 21:07
5. Thick As A Brick (Part 1) 22:45
6. Thick As A Brick (Part 2) 21:07
7. Radio Ad (2012 Remaster) 0:59

Editorial Reviews

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.

The 40th Anniversary Edition features a new 5.1 stereo mix, mixed by Steven Wilson, plus a DVD containing DTS & Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix, high quality stereos 96/24 (new mix and 1972 flat transfer), the original newspaper over 40 pages, an article by Classic Rock s Dom Lawson, rare photos from photographers Didi Zill and Robert Ellis, recording and touring mementos and much more, all contained in 104 page 7 ½ x 5 ½ hardback book.

Customer Reviews

Tull Lovers grab it. it is worth to those are a Tull Fan.
JGLoo
Great Mix in either Dolby digital 5.1 or DTS 96/24 5.1 also included is an original Stereo CD re-mastered.
Roadvoyeur
You can actually hear EVERYTHING as it was supposed to be!
Russell Gillett

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vini® on May 25, 2013
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The music in this album is simply fantastic. No doubt. However, if you've never listened to Jethro Tull, I'd say this is not the right place to start.

On the other hand, if you're already a fan, then I'm sure you have already listened to Thick As A Brick, and I don't need to explain to you that the album is fantastic. You probably have an older edition, like me. So why would we buy another edition?

In my case, one of the reasons is the complete newspaper edition. Although it has been once again re-formatted, it seems that the whole contents are here (spanning over 40 pages). Years ago I passed on an opportunity to purchase a special edition that also had it, because it was incredibly expensive (like 5x the average price of a CD) and because I already had another edition (with 4 pages only). This time I went for it - still expensive, but there are some compensations.

On top of the newspaper, I got a nice supplement with several pictures, and a lot to read. I guess any fan will appreciate it.

And finally, besides the CD, I got a DVD with four different mixes of the entire album, which is more interesting than I expected. Note: although the text on the CD cover says "in the form of a CD and an Audio DVD", it's a regular DVD. To be more precise, it's a DVD-Video, not a DVD-Audio. That's probably why some people are having trouble playing it in certain players.

As for the audio, I'm no audiophile like Mr. Bruce in Philly, but I do have a better-than-average stereo system and I'll beg to differ with him. I may agree that the sound is a bit too bright, or, the way I see it, that it lacks bass. But I don't think it's really bad, and it definitely doesn't make me annoyed or angry - in fact, I found it quite enjoyable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Finley on March 10, 2014
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First, I'd like to give this 3.5 stars, but sadly that's not an option. My review is SOLELY for the 5.1 remix.

I have quite a few classic albums that were remixed in 5.1, and most are really, really good. I wish there were more. Some of them (Brothers in Arms, Wish You Were Here and Dark Side of the Moon, for example) were -- literally -- life-changing experiences for me.

With a lot of these albums it's like hearing it again for the first time. There's so much more depth and resolution, and you hear details you never could before.

The previous Tull 5.1 releases (Aqualung and Benefit) are fantastic - I don't know that there was a lot in them that I didn't hear before but they were definitely well done and a pleasure to listen to.

The 5.1 mix on Thick as a Brick, though... well, most of it is just fine. Some parts are brilliant. But some parts are... muddled. The vocals especially seem a bit washed out a lot of the time (and since this is a Jethro Tull album, sometimes the lead vocals are a flute, and sometimes THAT is washed out and overpowered by everything else).

I'm far from being an audiophile, but I do love my music, and I'm one of those people who knows every note and every sound in these albums. Listening to other 5.1 remixes I often found myself thinking "Wow, I never heard that there before!" but with this remix I found myself thinking "Hey isn't there supposed to be a flute there?"

Again, it's far from terrible and there's a good chance that the higher resolution here is due to the sources. It's still one of the best albums ever made, but if you're really, really into the whole 5.1 remix thing, this one's not as great as some others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sully on March 4, 2013
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TAAB remains one of my all time favorite albums. The reworking of TAAB with new stereo mixes, 5.1 and DTS surround sound are superb to say the least. The 40 page book, with the original newspaper, essays, memoirs, plus rare & interesting photos really add to the value of this set. Bottom line, what's not to like [well, TAAB 2 didn't do much for me - glad it's not here]. The TAAB remix will be heard often on my playlist & the DVD will fill my home with dolbe 5.1 & DTS surround quite regularly!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By michael on March 14, 2014
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REMASTERING FROM STEVE WILSON IS THE BEST OF OTHER JETHRO TULL ANNIVERSARY SETS THROUGH THE YEARS.YOU CAN TELL HE TAKES PRIDE IN HIS WORK, THE SOUND IS SO FRESH AND CLEAR. STEVE YOU ARE THE MAN.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. D. England on January 15, 2013
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Yes, it is the fixed version! I had the defective one & just got this one as a replacement. No defects!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr T A Nicholas on March 31, 2014
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Musically, this is Jethro Tull, if not at their peak, certainly somewhere very close to it. For those not familiar with the album, it is one continuous piece, split into 2 parts as necessitated by vinyl, but despite it's length has the power to seduce one into sitting and listening to at least the whole "first side", if not the entire album. From a technical viewpoint, Steve Wilson's stereo remix, especially the LPCM version on the DVD, is sensational, very involving, and Ian Anderson's vocals are right there in your room. I do not have a surround sound system, so have not yet heard the 5.1 mix, but expect good things after hearing Steve Wilson's work on Close To The Edge and the first 2 ELP albums on a friend's surround system.
I am a big fan of special packaging for special editions, and the book presenting the original St Cleve Chronicle newspaper, supplemented with new interviews with band members etc, and many colour pictures is very good.
My only criticisms are that this is a DVD Video, rather than a DVD Audio, using 2 "lossy" surround formats, and that we were not offered a Blu Ray Audio, as with the Aqualung 40th Anniversary Edition, which would have provided the space for Hi Res surround formats.
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