Jethro Tull Thick As A Brick Grows Up

 

Ian Anderson of Jethro
Tull decides to take a look at th 50-year old Gerald Bostock’s life to date…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

It’s Groundhog Day today, and – no, that’s not Bill Murray
you see popping his head out of the ground, it’s Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull! Following
the recent announcement of a 19-date tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary
of 1972’s Thick As A Brick, on April
2nd Anderson
will release a sequel to the original album, Thick As A Brick 2. It’ll be available as a regular CD and a 2-disc
package with DVD featuring 5.1 stereo mixes, 24-bit stereo mix, video of the
making of the album, interviews with the musicians and Ian Anderson reading the
lyrics in various locations.

 

There’s already a digital “newspaper” with sundry details
about the project…

 

 

This is news that we suspect will not be picked up by
hipster blogs. But far be it from us, dear BLURT readers, to deprive you of
your occasional Prog and blues-rock fix. Read on…

From the Anderson camp:

In 1972, Ian Anderson wrote and recorded
Tull’s 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…..”

This spring Anderson
and band – John O’Hara (keyboards), David Goodier (bass), Florian Opahle (guitar)
and Scott Hammond (drums) – will take to the road to perform the original album
in its entirety. There will be a second part to the show where Anderson and the band will also perform the
sequel.

Thick
As A Brick 2
tracklisting:

1. From A Pebble Thrown
2. Pebbles Instrumental
3. Might-have-beens
4. Upper Sixth Loan Shark
5. Banker Bets, Banker Wins
6. Swing It Far
7. Adrift And Dumfounded
8. Old School Song
9. Wootton Bassett Town

10. Power And Spirit
11. Give Till It Hurts
12. Cosy Corner
13. Shunt And Shuffle
14. A Change Of Horses
15. Confessional
16. Kismet In Suburbia
17. What-ifs, Maybes And Might-have-beens

 

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