Title: Jethro Tull – Thick As a Brick: 50th Anniversary Edition Format: CD/DVD/BOOK Set Label: Warner Cat Num: Barcode: 5099970461923
Release date: October 7th 2022
In 1972, Jethro Tull released the instant classic, Thick As A Brick. 50 years on and the album is still revered as one of rock’s and progressive rock’s most definitive and pioneering albums. It featured a rock first, one continuous song on both sides. Thick As A Brick came about following the release of Jethro Tull’s immensely successful previous album “Aqualung”. Upon its release, Aqualung was regarded a concept album in the music press, and in response the band set about to respond to the rock critics with the ultimate concept album, culminating in Thick As A Brick.
The rare and coveted 40th anniversary CD/DVD special collector’s edition will also be available, after being out of print for nearly ten years, and will be released on 7th October.
Unlike any other records on the market, the album is set inside a broadsheet newspaper, “The St. Cleve Chronicle & Linwell Advertiser”. The newspaper includes many news articles packed full of continuing jokes, a crossword, connect-the-dots and much more. It was originally written by Ian Anderson, Jeffrey Hammond and John Evan, with the newspaper taking longer to put together compared to the music. As reported in the paper, the lyrics were credited at the time to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age. Amongst the many articles is a frank review of the album itself. Thick As A Brick was the first album to feature drummer Barrie Barlow, who featured alongside Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evan and Jeffrey Hammond.
– New stereo and 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson
– Original 1972 recording at Morgan Studios by Robin Black
The book contains:
– The original newspaper rebuilt for the 12 x 12 format on 16 pages of newspaper style paper (but more durable).
– The 2012 newspaper printed on gloss paper
– An article by Classic Rocks’ Dom Lawson about ‘Thick As A Brick’
– An Ian Anderson interview conducted by The Reverend George Pitcher
– Many rare 1972/73 photos from photographers Didi Zill and Robert Ellis covering ‘street’ and live situations and 2012 tour photos by Martin Webb.
– Memories of the recording from engineer Robin Black.
– Recording and touring memories from Martin Barre, Ian Anderson and Jeffrey Hammond.
– A Q & A with tour manager Eric Brooks with tour memorabilia and the full 1972 itinerary.