Without our fearless leader, Darcie and I are left floundering in the dark. Onwards (see what I did there? 🙂
A long time ago, for some reason, I was looking for some new music (to me) that was keyboard heavy. What I was looking for at the time, and didn’t realize it until recently was a group that had what I like to call the “heavy organ” sound. That’s not an original phrase. I got that from Virgil Fox.
I went down to my favourite record store, and found an album where one of the instruments used on it was a “mellotron” I knew that was a keyboard of some type so I thought I’d give the album a try.
I also knew the album wasn’t going to be a total wash because it was Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung” I liked that particular song. Albums back then had the unique quality of having more than one good song (that was the release single). I could get lucky and the whole album was good.
And it, was, but not my favourite Tull album.
The second Jethro Tull album I picked up was “Thick As A Brick”. My copy pictured below:
If it looks like the top half a a folded newspaper, that’s because it is. Sort of. It’s a clever take on a gatefold album cover, if you open it up, un-fold it, it looks like this:
And if you, open it up like a newspaper it looks like this (this is page 1 and 2):
And this is page the last page:
You’d have to zoom in to the top right hand corner of the right hand page. But it says “11”
(ok that was weird. I’ve written two 11 references today, totally unintentional)
This was a parody of concept albums at the time. But ended up being one of the best selling concept albums of 1972. And I’m guessing the irony is not lost on the genius that is Ian Anderson.
It’s one continuous piece of music over two sides of a vinyl album. Of course on CD and live it plays much better.
In 2012 a “sequel” was released by Ian Anderson, called “Thick As A Brick 2”. I’m not sure if it was ever released on vinyl, BUT:
From left to right (top row): The box of this box set, “Thick As A Brick” original album, but non-gatefold sleeve.
Bottom row: “Thick As A Brick 2” (in vinyl!), hard cover booklet (which happens to contain all the text of the original “newspaper” from the gatefold version, plus notes, photos, etc. As far a i know you can’t get this anymore. (Amazon, etc.)
When Jethro Tull toured for this album, they played the in its entirety. That would have been some show to see. They are one of the few bands that can duplicate their album sound (other’s include Yes, Deep Purple)
After TAAB2 was released, Ian Anderson did at least one show of the contents of both albums:
This is, of course, is the 3 album set on vinyl of the concert, 2, cd’s (that were included in the numbered copy (mine is 475 of 3000), and I also picked up the Blu-ray of it.
I haven’t listened to it yet. Saving it for a rainy day. 🙂