Thick As A Brick 40th Anniversary
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Thick As a Brick (40th Anniversary Special Edition)
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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.
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I didn't notice any production noodling, like making a guitar line dance around all the speakers. I remember listening to "Frankenstein" on a quadraphonic system back in the day. I thought it was pretty cool at the time but it was just some studio trickery that didn't really add much to the song. The production on TAAB is immersive, not gimmicky.
I could go on with the superlatives but this was simply a transformative experience. If you liked "Thick as a Brick" before, the 5.1 version will blow you away.
That said, the overall mix by SW is very nice on my system. I did not think that it was excessively shrill. I have not yet listened to the stereo mixes yet, so no comment on those.
Update from Burning Shed: *Copies in stock now contain the corrected version of the DVD.
(The original batch had faulty discs. We have sent replacements to anyone who ordered a copy with a faulty disc)
I hope Amazon is going to do the same now that new discs are available.