Thick As A Brick (Steven Wilson Mix And Master) Jethro Tull
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- 1Really Don't Mind/See There a Son Is Born05:00
- 2The Poet and the Painter05:30
- 3What Do You Do When the Old Man's Gone?/From the Upper Class05:25
- 4You Curl Your Toes in Fun/Childhood Heroes/Stabs Instrumental06:49
- 5See There a Man Is Born/Clear White Circles05:59
- 6Legends and Believe in the Day06:35
- 7Tales of Your Life05:24
- 8Childhood Heroes Reprise03:01
Info for Thick As A Brick (Steven Wilson Mix And Master)
While never as high-minded or technically facile as the likes of Yes or ELP, Tull began incorporating complex time changes, sophisticated harmonic structures and highly developed lyrical themes on „Thick As A Brick“, the realization of the artistic growth begun on „Aqualung“. It's here that Tull finally bursts into full-blown prog-rock mode. While „Aqualung“ was a group of discrete compositions united by a theme, „Thick As A Brick“ consists of one extended piece that occupies the length of the album.
Lyrically, Anderson's intentions are a bit more obscure here, but the sophisticated arrangements and virtuosic performances are enough to carry the show. John Evan's piano and organ are at the heart of this complex piece, which moves through an endless succession of tempos, moods and modes in a manner similar to vintage Genesis or the aforementioned Yes, but with a grittier edge. Most importantly, the whole things flows in a cohesive manner. „Thick As A Brick“ demands close attention, but rewards the same handsomely.
'...their music spins a delicate web of sensitive sounds: sometimes lilting, sometimes soaring to form a brilliant backdrop for the meaningful lyrics and improvisational techniques...' (Rolling Stone)
Ian Anderson, vocals, guitar, violin, flute, saxophone, trumpet
Martin Barre, guitar, lute
John Evan, piano, harpsichord, organ
Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, bass
Barriemore Barlow, timpani, percussion
Recorded at Morgan Studios, London, England
Produced by Ian Anderson, Terry Ellis
formed in February 1968 from the ashes of two unsuccessful blues/rock bands of the era. Ian Anderson brought his unique and innovative style of flute playing to a public raised on the guitar based British bands who courted acceptance at London’s famous Marquee Club.
After their first tentative blues oriented album, titled “This Was,” the group moved through successive records towards a more progressive sound, and with “Aqualung” in 1971 achieved their first real international level of success.
A few hit singles, notably “Living in the Past,” livened up their early career although it was as an album band, with songs of real substance, that the group really took off, both on record and as a major live concert act.
So-called concept albums followed in the early 70’s (“Thick as a Brick” and “A Passion Play”) with the attendant platinum No. 1 album chart sales.
Tull survived the critical backlash of the return-to-basics later 70’s to produce some of their finest creative efforts which, although not quite matching the commercial success of the previous works, established the band as one of the truly creative exponents of progressive music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
They have continued to constantly reinvent themselves, albeit with several personnel changes along the way.
Ian Anderson (flute and vocals) and Martin Barre (guitar) provide to this day the musical and historical backbone of the group, joined by Doane Perry on drums, Andrew Giddings on keyboards, and Jonathan Noyce on bass.
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