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THICK AS A BRICK

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.63 | 3135 ratings

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BarryGlibb
5 stars Review #1 Jethro Tull's 1972 album Thick As A Brick

First of all I think to rate an album you have to have lived in the time that the music was released. I know I have no basis for this assumption but I truly believe this statement. I was living at the time Thick As A Brick (TAAB) was released.

It is difficult to describe the impact that this album/event had on my life, other than to say it was unique and this uniqueness has never happened again...I suppose that it is why it is unique!.

TAAB is not only the music, it is the entire album, it is the cover and what is inside it, it is the ficticous town, the ficticious characters, the comedy and the mood of the time. Prog in the mainstream; number 1 album in the US in 1972 with a never before submitted 45 minute single songblending acoustic/folk, hard rock, jazz, orchestral music, avante garde but above all there was melody.

Some say prog and melody don't go together but Anderson nailed it; he was able to make TAAB melodic throughout and keep it progresssive at the same time. Anderson says he was trying to make the mother of all concept albums...and it was a joke. My personal opinion is that what Anderson said is not quite correct (read "bullsh*t"); he certainy was giving his all.

So TAAB stands out above all other albums not only for its music but for its overall life capturing essence. Can I give 6 stars for this? No? OK, We'll settle for 5.

BarryGlibb | 5/5 |

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