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THICK AS A BRICK

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.64 | 2270 ratings

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febus
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4 stars THE MOST PROGRESSIVE JETHRO TULL WILL GET!

THICK AS A BRICK is another cornerstone of the JETHRO TULL . Like everybody band back then, it was ''trendy'' to come up with concept albums and long suites. JETHRO TULL would not be immune of these desires of ''grandeur''. But they succeed perfectly with this recording.

This is not much i can add as it seems this is the most beloved album here on PA. So what makes it great?? First of all, this is the most progressive LP ever JETHRO TULL recorded with the next one PASSION PLAY. The sound is diverse, there are so many time changes, it's difficult to count them!! You have folk music, you get classical music, some great BARRE guitar sounding -as usually-. This is instropective, then it goes wild, a new twist is always on the way when you don't expect it!

What makes it also more progressive is the definitely noticeable presence of the keyboards of JOHN EVAN, mainly the hammond organ that can be heard throughout the album.I have never heard an organ solo before in a JETHRO TULL album. There is even the sound of a moog, imagine that!. The bassist JEFFREY HAMMOND-HAMMOND is doing quite well as he plays a lot of groovy lines. But MARTIN BARRE will never be considered as a prog guitarist; he rocks and he rocks well; just listen to his solos; he plays with fury, passion, energy. He is not looking to play the nice sounding note; He is here to rock!

One more time, we have a change in the line-up as the original drummer CLIVE BUNKER is replaced by BARRYEMORE BARLOW. Have you ever noticed the names of some JTULL members, as they sound very different from your regular guy?? BARRYEMORE BARLOWE and HAMMOND-HAMMOND , more ''strange'' names in the future. Sounds very old traditional Britain !

THICK AS A BRICK is a very nice piece of music, the whole 43mns of it.All what you want from a prog standpoint is here, the vocals of IAN ANDERSON are more powerful than ever, the musicianship is tight , great organ, great guitar,,,,but! this is not an album i listen to often. I don't now why as i am listening more to other JETHRO TULL releases -less loved generally- such as STORMWATCH or TOTRNR. Don't ask me why, that's just me, i guess!!

PS: the LP cover was great; like a newspaper; too bad my copy got destroyed ! The CD looks horrible compared to it! 4 STARS!

febus | 4/5 |

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