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IAN ANDERSON

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Leader/founder of JETHRO TULL and veteran of the 60's blues-rock scene, this eccentric and highly charismatic minstrel who used to get the most incredible sounds from his golden flute is now in his late 50's, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Indeed, he keeps on touring and churning out albums despite a totally apathetic music industry. In 1983 he decided to go solo and has since graced us with four new albums.

In general, his solo material closely resembles that of traditional JETHRO TULL, although it tends to be more serious and more instrumental. "Walk Into Light" (1983) features Peter John Vetteese (EURYTHMICS) on keyboards; the album suffers from a poor 80's production but Vetteese's rhythmic and catchy play complements Anderson's mellow vocals rather well. "Divinities: Twelve Dances with God" (1995) is the least TULL-like of the lot: basically a classical album, it is totally instrumental and its spiritual theme runs the gamut from Indian to Russian to Celtic Folk. "The Secret Language of Birds" (2000), a rather acoustic album, returns to the 70's roots and dons some particularly memorable melodies. "Rupi's Dance" (2003) is the one that most closely celebrates the old TULL days and will likely be the TULL fans' favourite. Anderson's gentle, self-deprecating wit and knack for writing simple, yet endearing melodies shine through out.

Recommended for JETHRO TULL followers and for progressive folk fans in general.

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2.85 | 118 ratings
Walk Into Light
1983
3.62 | 120 ratings
Divinities - Twelve Dances With God
1995
3.66 | 151 ratings
The Secret Language Of Birds
2000
3.71 | 138 ratings
Rupi's Dance
2003
3.73 | 390 ratings
Thick As A Brick 2 [Aka: TAAB2]
2012
3.59 | 193 ratings
Homo Erraticus
2014
2.74 | 22 ratings
Jethro Tull - The String Quartets
2017

IAN ANDERSON Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.01 | 64 ratings
Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
2005
3.32 | 22 ratings
Thick As A Brick Live In Iceland
2014

IAN ANDERSON Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.92 | 36 ratings
Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull
2005
3.34 | 10 ratings
Thick As A Brick Live in Iceland
2014

IAN ANDERSON Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

IAN ANDERSON Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 4 ratings
Fly By Night
1983
2.67 | 3 ratings
The Thin Ice
2007

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 Thick As A Brick 2 [Aka: TAAB2] by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.73 | 390 ratings

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Thick As A Brick 2 [Aka: TAAB2]
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Jzrk

4 stars I'm not looking to write an extensive album review here. I have read a lot of the reviews here on site.I just wanted to say that I had listened to this when it came out being a big fan of the original.2 is a pretty good album and follow up to the original after all these years.Could it have been better?Yes.But I think over all it happens to keep the spirit of the original and offer up some of that good old Tull like instrumentation and Ian's witty folk vibe.So worth an occasional listen to when I am in that Tull mood.I happened to listen to Homo Eraticus lately which brought me back to this again.I have read a lot of here like Homo Eraticus better than this,but for me I like this a little better.Maybe because it is pretty much Tull full on.
 Thick As A Brick 2 [Aka: TAAB2] by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.73 | 390 ratings

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Thick As A Brick 2 [Aka: TAAB2]
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by poito

2 stars 2.5 The limping flutist goes by himself...and copies himself. Sorry for being disrespectful to the blowing master. He was one of my prog heroes till I saw him stalling a live show in Madrid and yelling angrily at a poor smoking boy. A shell of what he used to be. Definitely, too old for the rock and roll. Let the children play, Ian, the same way your parents did. You are not eligible to play the world savior. I've been following the Tull from the start. A band that was chameleonic in the first 8-10 years and then they got frozen. Anderson is a genius composer, no doubt, and here he shows a few bits of it, but there is no reason to tarnish one of the quintessential albums of all times. Sure Anderson thinks he copies Anderson better than others, but was it really necessary to reuse the album's title? I mean, we all would be grateful if he had made this in 1972, before the first brick worn down by the years, so this could have been released now as leftovers of the first brick or something, and JT collectors would be excited. But now, it looks Anderson wants to pick up the laurels of the elder. Don't take me wrong, the album is not awful (just ok), but the themes, spite of being spattered with bits of the original brick are too far from leaving trace of memory. First of all, the musicians are a bit stiff, as if they are reading from a sheet, the bass is almost inaudible, you'll have to work on your equalizer hard, and finally, no one substitutes Martin Barre. Second, there is nothing new here. Anyway, JT fans will have a good time with brick 2 out of nostalgia.
 Walk Into Light by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.85 | 118 ratings

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Walk Into Light
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

2 stars In a perfect world...

Ian Anderson's obsession with early eighties' synths and drum machines reached it's climax with the 1982 Tull album Under Wraps and this solo outing from Anderson titled Walk Into Light. I don't resent Anderson's gravitation towards the music machines of the New Wave, but I do resent his sticking his nose into a musical area that he didn't help to form and develop. If I had to guess, Chrysalis label mates Ultravox would seem to be the prime motivation for Ian's new sound but you could toss in everyone from the Eurhythmics to Erasure as influences.

This outing finds Anderson paired up only with future Annie Lennox keyboardist Peter-John Vettese, while Anderson mans a Lynn drum machine and sampled bass to go along with his occasional and rare sprinkling of acoustic and electric guitars and his ever present flute which, strangely, seems right at home with plastic synth tones.

The songs themselves are not bad and some would have made excellent Tull material if they were written and recorded some 5-8 years earlier, especially "Made In England", Trains", and "Black and White Television." What is probably most annoying to me is the lack of pure musical experimentation or flight of fancy soloing that would have at least shook up the songs from their laid back pacing and carefully measured delivery. Anderson was still in fine voice at this juncture and thoughts of what could have been seem to haunt this era of his work.

To conclude, Walk Into Light would not have been comparable to the artist's work that helped to influence it. In a perfect world where Jethro Tull had never existed before Ian's first solo outing, Walk Into Light would have had no place next to the output from Ultravox, Eurhythmics and Erasure simply because it was not really Anderson's forte and, more importantly, it was simply not as good. 2 stars.

 Thick As A Brick 2 [Aka: TAAB2] by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.73 | 390 ratings

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Thick As A Brick 2 [Aka: TAAB2]
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nš 121

'Thick as a Brick 2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock ?' is the fifth studio album of Jethro Tull's front man, Ian Anderson, and was released in 2012. It's a follow up or a sequel, as you wish, of 'Thick As A Brick', the famous and highly acclaimed classic conceptual album released by Jethro Tull, in 1972, the mother of all concept albums, according to Anderson. However, before write about 'Thick As A Brick 2', I need to write a few lines about Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson and 'Thick As A Brick', to situate the context, why Ian decided to release this sequel in our days.

Jethro Tull is considered with Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Gentle Giant, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, Camel and Rush, one of the best and most important progressive bands ever. Ian Anderson was always the band's image, the front man of the group, the brain of the band and the eccentric figure of Jethro Tull. 'Thick As A Brick' is in general considered the most progressive and the best release of Jethro Tull and the father of all conceptual albums. It's also in general seen, with 'Selling England By The Pound' from Genesis, 'Close To The Edge' from Yes and 'Wish You Were Here' from Pink Floyd, one of the four best progressive albums ever made. It's also a special album for me. My first contact with this album was in the 70's, at school, where one of my school friends lent me a recording, made on a tape recorder with low mono sound quality. Since I listen to it, since I became amazed with it.

So, forty years have passed since 'Thick As A Brick' was released and as most of you can remember, when it was released, it was involved in some controversy. The album was a collaboration between the band and an eight years old child, who wrote a complex poem that talks about the challenges of to get old, for a contest about a fictional kid, Gerard 'Little Milton' Bostock. In those time, and even today, many belie that Gerald Bostock was a real person. However, the child was disqualified because the judges considered that the poem, had little moral, and talked about the sexual life of father and son and the problems of their relationship. So, the judges preferred give the prize to a twelve years old girl, who wrote a simple essay about the Christian ethical values entitled, 'He Died To Save The Little Children'. So, Ian Anderson became very upset with that and he picked up in the child's poem and created a notable piece of music.

According to Anderson, when in our days he was thinking about the original album 'Thick As A Brick', he began to think: 'I wonder what the eight-year-old Gerald Bostock would be doing today? Would the fabled newspaper still exist?' So, it was in this context that appeared 'Thick As A Brick 2'. This new album is completely focused on Gerald Bostock, the fictional boy genius of the original poem on 'Thick As A Brick'. The story presents five divergent hypothetical life stories for him, including a greedy investment banker, a homosexual homeless man, a soldier in the Afghan war, a sanctimonious evangelist preacher and a most ordinary man who runs a corner store. By the end of the album, all five possibilities of live seem to converge in a similar concluding moment of gloomy of pitiful solitude.

It's also important to be said that Anderson and his fellow musicians delivered a finest progressive piece of music with this release. Certain musical themes taken from the original album make this second part very recognizable, but you never get the idea that the music sounds outdated. A modern approach and new recording facilities prevent you from listening to a 70's album. The flute playing of Anderson has always been his trademark and also this time it's prominent in the music. Maybe he doesn't sing as good as forty years ago, but the way he sings nowadays actually suits the music quite well. Compared to almost all of the albums of Jethro Tull recorded after 'Crest Of A Knave', the music has much more progressive rock elements. For instance, outstanding keyboard and electric guitar parts can be enjoyed throughout the album. Just like the first part of 'Thick As A Brick' the music sounds as if it's only one solid piece.

Conclusion: Anderson made a great job here. Inevitably, comparisons will be made with the original album. But this sequel has to be judged on its own merits. It's a very valuable successor of the first one and a wonderful addition to any prog collection. But it's a puzzle for me why Anderson decided to release this work as a solo album. By The way: Whatever happened to Mr. Barre? I really don't know. He's sorely missed, but his young replacement Florian Ophale acquits himself more than adequately. But, what made Anderson release 'Thick As A Brick 2'? I think that are two main reasons. First, his great love for music and his consciousness about the importance of 'Thick As A Brick'. Second, there is the philosophical existential question, which many of us have done for so many times. What would happen to me if I had followed another path in my life? Who would I be today? Of course, there aren't answers for these questions. However, I think I'm able to answer to one question. What would happen to progressive music if Anderson had followed another path? Surely, the progressive world was poorer, today. So, god blesses you Ian, for you are what you are.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Jethro Tull - The String Quartets by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2017
2.74 | 22 ratings

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Jethro Tull - The String Quartets
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by BarryGlibb

2 stars Did we really need this? Maybe; but then again, probably not. I was intrigued a little...just a little. So I bought the CD thinking that I can listen to a string quartet arrangement of some Tull classics without too much input from Mr Anderson...how wrong I was.

You would think that Ian would let the String Quartet do its own thing? But no; IA couldn't help himself and had to "stick his bib in" and do overdubs with flute (not so bad) and his recently (i.e. 1987!) acquired appalling vocals on 6 of the 12 tracks. Listen to me Ian..... "YOU DID NOT NEED TO OVERDUB YOUR VOCALS ON THIS RELEASE, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A STRING QUARTET ALBUM!!!!!!"

This release might have been a winner if Ando (baby) had abandoned the idea of overdubbing his horrific vocals......Steven Wilson to the rescue in 2057 with the 5.1 Surround Sound 5CD and 2DVD 40th Anniversary Auditorium Edition, minus vocal and flute overdubs!

After the track "Pass The Bottle" had finished, the only thing that came out of my mouth was the word "atrocious". Honestly!

The only really, really good thing on this CD is "Songs and Horses" ...brilliant! Oh, guess what? No vocals on that track!

2 stars out of 5.

 Homo Erraticus by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.59 | 193 ratings

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Homo Erraticus
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by CapnBearbossa

4 stars Is liking this album a sign of my being an ageing Tull fan? Probably....

When Mr Ian Anderson of JETHRO TULL fame was presented the "Prog God" award in 2013 (proclaiming "Prog is Fun!") , fans of his colorful stage persona and unique musical talent already knew he had promised a "progressive folk metal" album for the next year. I think anyone could have predicted that reactions and reviews would run hot-and-cold, as they do for any new progressive music long past the era in which this kind of thing was fashionable, and anyway wasn't the controversial Rock Island the last overt attempt at folk-metal on Tull's part? But prog fans are as odd as they are fickle, and seeing this album appear in April of 2014, I gleefully scooped up a copy and immediately spun it the three or four times it took to really understand it, and really like it. (After all, hasn't this always been the way on that rocky roller coaster of Tull/Anderson fandom?)

It's an undeniable testament to Ian's enduring talent -- and spirit -- that he is still driven to produce this kind of multilayered, melodic, folksy rock music. I don't know if it is rightly "metal" however, nor does it seem a proper attempt at such; and, here again, the detractors of Crest Of A Knave (of whom I am not one) might say that's a good thing. No, if metal is meant to seriously kick your a** the way Tequila does on a wild friday night, Homo Erraticus is more of a fruity, late vintage wine enjoyed in moderation ... long about a relaxed and studious saturday evening.

And now how about a little something of the meat of this album, to go with that wine?

Mr Anderson hits us right off with a song in the best of Tull traditions, namely "Doggerland." It struck me immediately as one of the more likeable tunes, but with that caveat I must also say that the album gets better from there, once you have learned to appreciate it on Ian's terms. What he is actually doing is relating to us - musically - the history of Great Britain and, in a way too, a good portion of the rest of the world. With tunes such as "Heavy Metals" (referencing the blacksmith and his trade) and "Meliora Sequamur" (treating monastic and priestly endeavors), he applies the sort of light musical touch you might expect from his two solo albums just prior to TAAB2. And with" Puer Ferox Adventus" (the story of Christianity, more or less) and "The Turnpike Inn" (an ode to the kind of nightly respite, pleasant or otherwise, our species has historically found when travelling potentially dangerous territory), things get a bit roudy in the libretto -- with some amazing flute interludes to match. It certainly sounds, in places, a lot like the Tull of old times, although by now we've learned that Florian Opahle's lyrical electric guitar passages remain the singular opiate to soothe our longing for those spectacular, searing blues-metal solos Martin Barre was so keen on delivering.

Oh well, you can't have it all, can you? On that note I will say that this is more of a love letter from Ian, thanking his worshipping throngs of long-time devotees for voting him "Prog God", than anything that will win converts. As one of that cohort of Tull fanboys-of-old, I will also promise that Homo Erraticus has rewards for those who care to listen for them. How's that for treading the safe middle ground?

 Homo Erraticus by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.59 | 193 ratings

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Homo Erraticus
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by hegelec

1 stars As Ian Anderson explained to Billboard in 2014, "To me, Jethro Tull is...the vast body of repertoire that's Jethro Tull, the record catalog, the music, and I think that, if we look back on it, it kind of came more or less to an end during the last 10 years or so (with) a couple of live albums and a studio album of Christmas material. That might define the last albums under the name Jethro Tull. It's a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the 70s and 80s in terms of volume. And I rather think it's nice to kind of leave that as legacy."

So Tull is dead, though it truly died as a band in the conventional sense in 1979, persisting thereafter in name only as a musical prosthetic for Anderson, impersonal and robotic. This album foreshadows the musical future for Anderson post-Tull.

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a flute, stamping on a human face, forever.

 Thick As A Brick 2 [Aka: TAAB2] by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.73 | 390 ratings

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Thick As A Brick 2 [Aka: TAAB2]
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Progfan97402

3 stars This is the sequel to the well-loved Thick as a Brick, released 40 years later. A lot has happened, including Ian Anderson apparently retiring the Jethro Tull name (with Martin Barre parting ways). So unless things change and Martin Barre returns, thereby bringing back the Jethro Tull name, Ian Anderson will likely be recording as a solo act, as in this sequel. So he gets a German guitarist Florian Opahle (who wasn't even 30 yet when this came out) and some other musicians, making it a five piece. This is a concept of what might have happened to Gerald Bostock, the fictional kid responsible for the original (actually Ian Anderson, as it's so obvious the lyrics have Ian Anderson written all over it). That meant as he became an adult, he could have ended up several different paths, and that's addressed by each of them. Let's be honest here: the album never reaches the amazing heights of the original, it doesn't quite have the energy of the original, the music has a more calm vein, more in tune with later Tull, like Catfish Rising. It's still very good, though, in fact it still has that Tull spirit going on, which is a good thing. Occasional themes from the original pop up, as well as passages that resemble the original, as well as parts that remind me of Heavy Horses, and even a reference to "Locomotive Breath".

This sequel isn't likely to set my world on fire, and it's in no danger of taking over the Tull classics, never mind the original Thick as a Brick, but it's nice to have.

 Thick As A Brick Live in Iceland by ANDERSON, IAN album cover DVD/Video, 2014
3.34 | 10 ratings

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Thick As A Brick Live in Iceland
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars Ian Anderson has been in Iceland for 9 shows, mostly in Reykjavik where this show was recorded. The musician feel the presence of music here, because a lot of people plays an instrument or sings. Here on this concert, the band took the same instruments to recreate the first concept album "Thick as A Brick", originally from 1972. The performance has some additional theatrical input with actor, singer and dancer Ryan O'Donnell which allowed Ian Anderson to add some more flute to the music. Even is this album is a kind of parody, I was surprised to see Ian invite 2 peoples from the audience to make a standup comic stunt of a fake prostate test. But it didn't last long before the band were back to the music. The performance of this concept album let some space for a bit of improvisation and some added violin and flute. After 40 years, it's still a enjoyable piece of music where some theme are repeated a few times during this 50 minutes to keep the concept alive. As for the second part of the show "Thick As A Brick 2", if it's the suite of this concept about this young boy, it's different because we feel that each songs are independent to each others, the concept being to present 5 hypothetical stories around this boy. You can only identify a connection musically with the first album, when some short segments of this album have been included to the second album. Unfortunately, I didn't feel the same magic here that I found on the first album.

The theatrical aspect of the show didn't bother me much, except for the standup comic part. A better idea was to see and hear the violin of Anna Phoebe direct with Skype from her bedroom in London. The picture is ok, not the best for a high definition show, but the surround sound is really immersive. Is it a nice addition to a Prog rock collection when we already have heard the album? I would say probably not, but also because the second part was not as good as the first one.

 Thick As A Brick Live In Iceland by ANDERSON, IAN album cover Live, 2014
3.32 | 22 ratings

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Thick As A Brick Live In Iceland
Ian Anderson Prog Folk

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

2 stars By now an old pro like Ian Anderson can probably perform the whole of his (second) most famous album (after "Aqualung", arguably) in his sleep. Which is precisely what happened in Reykjavik in June of 2012, where the former Jethro Tull figurehead and his new band presented the unabridged "Thick as a Brick", Parts One and Two together in mismatched tandem (with intermission).

It's hard not to think of the album as an attempt by Anderson to legitimize an inferior sequel by hitching it in concert alongside the classic 1972 original. But playing them back-to-back only reinforces the shortcomings of the latter Brick, while undermining the legacy of the former. Instead of a dynamic update of a timeless Progressive Rock masterpiece, Anderson offers only an awkward karaoke rendering, with supporting music literally phoned in (via Skype) from North London, and with extensive pre-recorded overdubs killing any sense of a genuine live performance.

Worse yet, he seems to regard the use of taped music (including the famous opening flute motif, impossible to play if you're also singing) as an acceptable part of the concert experience. "Thick as a Brick: Semi-Live in Iceland" would have been a more honest title, but he wasn't going to sell too many albums that way.

And, after being lured into hearing the much-thinner Second Brick by the dangled carrot of its more esteemed forefather on the same set-list, older fans might find themselves missing not only Jethro Tull, but all-too often Anderson himself. The new arrangements of the older music were adapted to ease the obvious strain on his aging vocal chords, with a sound-alike ringer (Ryan O'Donnell, credited with "additional vocals, dance, and mime") brought in to hit the higher notes. I applaud Anderson's willing spirit to mount a show when his flesh is no longer cooperating. But it's sad to hear a once-vigorous performer reduced to playing occasional flute in his own cover band, and hoarsely speaking his lyrics instead of singing them.

In his seventh decade Anderson clearly isn't ready to admit he's finally Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll. But poking fun at his own infirmities only calls attention to them, and needlessly fractures the otherwise seamless original Brick with silly vaudeville interruptions: a mock weather report; a psychiatric appointment for the album's fictional author, Gerald Bostock; a pre-rehearsed (or pre- recorded) telephone call to cue the Skype relay with violinist Anna Phoebe. And, at the nadir of the evening's entertainment: an onstage prostate examination for a lucky volunteer from the audience (I'd much rather hear a drum solo, thank you very much...)

Brick II on the second CD actually works a little better, maybe because the music itself is ideally suited to the hired skills of Anderson's B-team Tull backing band. But it's still a 56-minute anticlimax, and always will be when juxtaposed like this against the 1972 opus.

Quoting the man himself: Really don't mind if I sit this one out...

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