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Thick As a Brick
Jethro Tull
Thick As a Brick
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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Limited Edition Japanese "Mini Vinyl" CD, faithfully reproduced using original LP artwork including the inner sleeve. Features most recently mastered audio including bonus tracks where applicable.


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All Artists: Jethro Tull
Title: Thick As a Brick
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 1/1/1972
Re-Release Date: 6/16/1997
Album Type: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724349540026


Album Description
Limited Edition Japanese "Mini Vinyl" CD, faithfully reproduced using original LP artwork including the inner sleeve. Features most recently mastered audio including bonus tracks where applicable.

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M. Ryan | California | 01/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Masterful. Indescribable. The most amazing rock album ever. More than rock music, this is MUSIC. This is an album musicians appreciate. And writers will appreciate the incredible lyrical tale. Poetic, powerful, pervasive - this music, these words are in my soul. I am buying another CD because my vinyl is too precious to me to be lent out (most people can't play vinyl anyway), and I love sharing this with people who don't know it, especially younger people who have never heard anything like this before. And I doubt anything like this will ever come again, much like Beethoven's music. Do yourself a favor. Get rid of all distractions. Sit down. Close your eyes. LISTEN all the way through. This is an experience not to be missed."
Glorious dose of epic rock
Bloodbath_and_Beyond | usa | 09/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jethro Tull's 5th album Thick As A Brick is a masterpiece of early 70's progressive rock. Of course it was designed to be a parody of the genre which by 1972 had become the leading genre in rock alongside glam/glitter. The band had broken big the year before with Aqualung, which critics labeled a concept album because of its thematic elements dealing with religion and whatnot. Although it was not a concept album Ian Anderson was taken back by it and decided he would give them a concept album and it would be "the mother of all concept albums". It ended up being a single song 45 minutes in length, split over 2 sides of the LP. It was interesting because Tull had largely been a underground band before Aqualung and somehow they were now superstars, injecting folk elements into their unique rock sound, Aqualung crystalized a more commercial sound with the dirty but catchy riff of famous title track/radio staple. Thick ended up being their most successul regular album (not counting compilations).

The album itself is a conceptual epic, filled with themes on soceity, culture and religion, too complex to explain in a review. It's something the listener must seek out for themselves, but musically its really a journey, of course its everything you expect if youre familar with bloated early 70's prog rock, multi sections, lots of structured sections, lots of non rock instruments like harpsicords, xylophones, lots of piano and keyboard but even still the guitar and drum work is quite nice. Many acoustic passages as well. And of course many time changes. It's an all encompassing work and might be Tull's best album musically. Whats interesting where other bands like Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer's albums might've bored the obvious rock listener this album somehow manages to not be as overwhelming as those bands epics were. The changes of mood, emotion, and thought the music evokes is not so much more simplistic or mainstream but more manageable. Tull never took pieces of classical compisitions like ELP or Yes which probably made them more acceptable to the common rock fan, much like Rush. Tull continued to do the side long concept album a few more records down the road but it never worked as well as this LP does. The opening acoustic riff is the most catchy part and its reprised for a quite grandoise closing segment where a beautiful but brief string section drops in. With all the madness going on for nearly 40 min, when that orignial riff chimes back it evokes quite a celebratory feel. The music in detail from section to section can go from happy, melodic and vibrant to hazy and somewhat dissonant but always busy. There's never a quite moment in the piece at all, there are so many things going on one part flows into another so smoothly which is really what makes it all work, there's no disjointedness here.

For fans who wanted more than sex drugs and rock n roll with their music and were into the story book aspect of prog rock which reigned supreme from 68-74, this is a towering achievement even though it was deigned to be a smirking yet illustrious effort from Anderson. The newspaper design of the original LP was classic and although the art is abridged into a booklet for the CD it doesnt really capture the feel. But thats something for serious collectors who really want a time capsule to seek out. If you like big indulgent prog rock, this is a must hear."
Classic extended play progressive rock cd
M. Calvin | orlando, FL | 02/17/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Classic extended play progressive rock cd that musically weaves back and forth and in and out of the main infectious melody."