Anderson Ian - Thick As A Brick II (CD)

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    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of ‘Thick As A Brick’, on April 2nd Ian Anderson will release a
    sequel to the original album.
    In 1972, Ian Anderson wrote and recorded the Jethro Tull Progressive Rock classic album ‘Thick As
    A Brick’. The lyrics were credited at the time to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock, whose
    parents supposedly lied about his age. The record instantly became a number one Billboard Chart
    album and enjoyed considerable success in many countries of the world.
    So, forty years on, what would Gerald Bostock – aged fifty in 2012 – be doing today? What might
    have befallen him? The anniversary “part two” album will examine the possible different paths that
    the precocious young schoolboy, Gerald Bostock, might have taken later in life through alter-ego
    characters with song-section identities illustrating the hugely varied potential twists and turns of fate
    and opportunity. Not just for Gerald but to echo how our own lives develop, change direction and
    ultimately conclude through chance encounters and interventions, however tiny and insignificant they
    might seem at the time.
    Ian Anderson says of the album, “As we baby-boomers look back on our own lives, we must often
    feel an occasional ‘what-if’ moment. Might we, like Gerald, have become instead preacher, soldier,
    down-and-out, shopkeeper or finance tycoon?,” Adding, “and those of more tender years - the social
    media and internet generation - may choose to ponder well the myriad of chance possibilities ahead
    of them at every turn.....”

    Categories
    RockPopMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Progressive Rock
    Number of Discs
    1
    Copy Control
    No
    Number of Items
    1
    Media Type
    CD
    Title
    Thick as a Brick 2 [CD/DVD]
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    5099963872620
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Naxos
    Distributor
    EMI
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    5099963872620
    Previews

    Billboard (p.28) - "[H]e convincingly picks up where he left off four decades earlier, proving that there are still vital sonic statements to be made within the old-school prog-rock realm."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The idea is always involving....Aimed squarely at the Jethro tull heartland, it's music made for the head..."

    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] From a Pebble Thrown
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Pebbles Instrumental
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Might Have Beens
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Upper Sixth Loan Shark
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Banker Bets, Banker Wins
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Swing It Far
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Adrift and Dumfounded
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Old School Song
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Wootton Bassett Town
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Power and Spirit
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Give Till It Hurts
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Cosy Corner
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Shunt and Shuffle
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] A Change Of Horses
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Confessional
    16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Kismet In Suburbia
    17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] What-ifs, Maybes and Might-have-beens
    Country
    South Africa
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    2 April 2012
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Pebbles Thrown: From a Pebble Thrown
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Pebbles Thrown: Pebbles Instrumental
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Pebbles Thrown: Might Have Beens
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald The Banker: Upper Sixth Loan Shark
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald The Banker: Banker Bets, Banker Wins
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald Goes Homeless: Swing It Far
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald Goes Homeless: Adrift and Dumfounded
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald The Military Man: Old School Song
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald The Military Man: Wootton Bassett Town
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald The Chorister: Power and Spirit
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald The Chorister: Give Till It Hurts
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald: A Most Ordinary Man: Cosy Corner
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Divergence: Interventions, Parallel Possibilites: Gerald: A Most Ordinary Man: Shunt and Shuffle
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Convergence: Destiny, Fate, Karma, Kismet: A Change of Horses: A Change of Horses, A
    15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Convergence: Destiny, Fate, Karma, Kismet: 22 Mulberry Walk: Confessional
    16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Convergence: Destiny, Fate, Karma, Kismet: 22 Mulberry Walk: Kismet in Suburbia
    17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Convergence: Destiny, Fate, Karma, Kismet: What-Ifs, Maybes and Might-Have-Beens
    Notes

    Personnel: Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute); Ryan O'Donnell (vocals); Florian Opahle (electric guitar); Pete Judge (trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor horn); John O'Hara (piano, keyboards); David Goodier (glockenspiel, bass guitar); Scott Hammond (drums, percussion).
    Some 40 years after the release of Jethro Tull's prog landmark Thick as a Brick, chief Tull Ian Anderson crafts a sequel. Sensibly titled Thick as a Brick 2, this 2012 set brings us up to speed with the life of Gerald Bostock, who was a mere lad of 10 at the time of TAAB but is now an adult shouldering a myriad of responsibilities. His disappointments and mild triumphs make him a different man than he was, yet underneath it all he's still that recognizable child, and the same can be said for Anderson's music: it's cleaner and streamlined, not as indulgent or idealistic as his younger work, boasting a more sensible structure, yet it still bears all of his signatures from the flute to rambling folk-rock. To criticize TAAB2 for not having a clear hook to pull you inside is unfair: Anderson is assuming a familiarity with his work, so he's giving himself time to write around the point, taking diversions wherever he finds them, sometimes in the form of eight-minute mini-suites, sometimes in the form of brief two-minute interludes. TAAB2 doesn't sound contemporary but it doesn't sound classic either -- it sounds caught between the two eras, as if it was recorded in 1990. That may turn off some listeners, but they're the kind who wouldn't spend any time with an Anderson album anyway. Those diehards who are still curious after all these years will find Thick as a Brick 2 an effective, if not quite compelling, sequel to a beloved classic. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

    Date Released
    2012-04-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
    Producer
    Ian Anderson
    Artists
    1. Anderson, Ian
    Duration
    53m 39s
    Engineer
    Mike Downs

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