4 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coming off the great success of the conceptual juggernaut Aqualung, Jethro Tull decided to try something even more expansive: a single track that would take up both sides of an LP while musically and lyrically weaving around a multitude of themes. The album cover art (a fictitious newspaper article championing and excoriating a poem by a child prodigy) skewers the composition's "grand statement," which, if pressed, has something to do with how "wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick." Leader Ian Anderson's stream-of-consciousness lyrics sound phenomenal, and the band's ability to shift dynamics on hairpin stylistic curves has never been more pronounced. Organ and flute chase one another through dexterous rampages, while the guitars store their energy for the epiphanic power-chord moments. Due to its 45-minute length, the track is hardly the most accessible in the group's catalog. However, it repays with every listen. A progressive rock high point.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coming off the great success of the conceptual juggernaut Aqualung, Jethro Tull decided to try something even more expansive: a single track that would take up both sides of an LP while musically and lyrically weaving around a multitude of themes. The album cover art (a fictitious newspaper article championing and excoriating a poem by a child prodigy) skewers the composition's "grand statement," which, if pressed, has something to do with how "wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick." Leader Ian Anderson's stream-of-consciousness lyrics sound phenomenal, and the band's ability to shift dynamics on hairpin stylistic curves has never been more pronounced. Organ and flute chase one another through dexterous rampages, while the guitars store their energy for the epiphanic power-chord moments. Due to its 45-minute length, the track is hardly the most accessible in the group's catalog. However, it repays with every listen. A progressive rock high point.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings
37 Ratings
Gee - Man ,

Thick as a brick

A Tull Classic that's really one continuos song.This is a must have for all you Jethro Tull fans. The album is a bit dated for today's music but the lyrics are quite brilliant. Great tunes.

Reckia6 ,

Must get this on vinyl!

From start to finish, this is a brilliant album. You must get this on vinyl so you can read the fold out newspaper. Ian Anderson is in top vocal form and the band is in top form as well, especially John Evans. A must have for serious or funny Tull fans.

IndieMan100 ,

Better than 40th Anniv Remix

One of the greatest albums ever. Period. This version is the best available. Warmer than the newer 40th Anniversary edition remixed by Steve Wilson. Stick with this one.

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