Thick As A Brick
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In typical Tull style, both problems were overcome with flying colours. The combination of soaring electric guitar and "Olde Englishe" folk motifs that created the Tull sound on "Aqualung" was continued and embellished here - in my opinion making "Aqualung" a pale second best in the Tull canon. To overcome the problem of the length, Ian Anderson surpassed himself in both wonderful lyricism and creativity, while the rest of the band - the best lineup under the Tull name - seem engaged in a constant battle to out-do themselves and each other in the instrumental department.
From the first moment the listener hears Ian's acoustic guitar and the memorable opening "Really don't mind if you sit this one out/My words but a whisper, your deafness a shout", they are transported to a magical world where anything goes musically.
Martin Barre's sublime freakouts, Barriemore Barlow's drumming at the start of the second half, John Evans' quasi-classical organ playing and the wonderful sound of Ian's flute combine in an odyssey of rock, folk, jazz and classical elements to create a marvellous experience.Read more ›
Early progressive rock was born in fits and starts. Tracing back, some of the earliest identifiable elements of progressive rock show up in some Beatles' songs. The Moody Blues provided more definition to progressive rock, and created the first progressive rock albums, though their progressive rock was on the lighter side and was much less daring than King Crimson, who's "In the Court of the Crimson King" established how cutting edge progressive rock could be. By 1972, progressive rock had a better-defined face, and that face was readily identifiable on albums such as "Fragile" and "Close to the Edge", by Yes, "Foxtrot" by Genesis, and "Thick as a Brick", by Jethro Tull. There were quite a few other progressive albums released by 1972, and numerous other artists using progressive elements in their music, but these albums were among those that helped to define the limits, or lack thereof, of progressive rock.
As serious as some of us like to believe this album is, it is a satire. This album pokes fun at issues contemporary to 1972, which somehow remain somewhat contemporary to now.Read more ›
It's a concept album about a young boy named Gerald Bostock (fake character), who writes a poem for a contest, but it is deemed offensive, and the boy gets disqualified. The lyrics are VERY complicated and understated, and to make a long story short, at least in my opinion, is based on the young boy's cynical outlook on life. But, you needn't worry about any of that, since the concept was mainly a big joke (or parody/spoof) by Ian Anderson & Company, and most importantly, the music is *so* overwhelmingly powerful and seductive, you won't care all that much about the lyrical meanings anyway.
The music on here drowns in it's own sophistication, refinement and high-class; the musicianship and it's high-class is something that shouldn't be taken too lightly, and should be the envy of many a musician and a listener. It starts off with acoustic guitar, followed by the flute, then Ian's vocals. The piece takes off from there. From there you will find tremendous melody, some hard rock, folk, jazz, and classical influences combined with many different shifts in tempo and time, and the band pulls no punches, as musical ideas keep flowing and flowing into each other like one huge piece, until the climactic end. It's divided into two halves. To be quite honest, the whole thing sounds like one gigantic classical piece, only with rock added. Also, I arguably think the second half is the stronger of the two, as the grandiose first half gets turned up a notch or two to a full blown english renaissance drama.
I can't say much more because I feel I'm at a lost for words.Read more ›
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This is a grand concept album by Jethro Tull about a boy named Gerald Bostock (Little Milton) who wins a poetry contest writing a poem “Thick as a Brick”; however, gets... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ahreeman X
Had to get a new copy - bought my first copy back in '72 and it's just too old, scratched and beaten.Published 2 months ago by Fred
This is what historians look back upon and say, "Ah-ha! This is when the world knew, . . ." Of course, the world DIDN'T know. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Winter