Taab2: Thick as a Brick 2 [CD/DVD] [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497913152
  • Catalog Number: 791315
  • Sales rank: 21,835

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 From a Pebble Thrown (3:08)
  2. 2 Pebbles Instrumental (3:30)
  3. 3 Might-Have-Beens (0:50)
  4. 4 Upper Sixth Loan Shark (1:13)
  5. 5 Banker Bets, Banker Wins (4:27)
  6. 6 Swing It Far (3:28)
  7. 7 Adrift and Dumfounded (4:25)
  8. 8 Old School Song (3:06)
  9. 9 Wootton Bassett Town (3:43)
  10. 10 Power and Spirit (1:58)
  11. 11 Give Till It Hurts (1:12)
  12. 12 Cosy Corner (1:24)
  13. 13 Shunt and Shuffle (2:12)
  14. 14 A Change of Horses (8:04)
  15. 15 Confessional (3:08)
  16. 16 Kismet in Suburbia (4:17)
  17. 17 What-Ifs, Maybes and Might-Have-Beens (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 From a Pebble Thrown (3:08)
  2. 2 Pebbles Instrumental (3:30)
  3. 3 Might Have Beens (0:50)
  4. 4 Upper Sixth Loan Shark (1:13)
  5. 5 Banker Bets, Banker Wins (4:27)
  6. 6 Swing It Far (3:28)
  7. 7 Adrift and Dumfounded (4:25)
  8. 8 Old School Song (3:06)
  9. 9 Wootton Bassett Town (3:43)
  10. 10 Power and Spirit (1:58)
  11. 11 Give Till It Hurts (1:12)
  12. 12 Cosy Corner (1:24)
  13. 13 Shunt and Shuffle (2:12)
  14. 14 A Change Of Horses (8:04)
  15. 15 Confessional (3:08)
  16. 16 Kismet In Suburbia (4:17)
  17. 17 What-ifs, Maybes and Might-have-beens (3:36)
  18. 18 From a Pebble Thrown (5.1 Dolby Digital) (3:08)
  19. 19 Pebbles Instrumental (5.1 Dolby Digital) (3:30)
  20. 20 Might Have Beens (5.1 Dolby Digital) (0:50)
  21. 21 Upper Sixth Loan Shark (5.1 Dolby Digital) (1:13)
  22. 22 Banker Bets, Banker Wins (5.1 Dolby Digital) (4:27)
  23. 23 Swing It Far (5.1 Dolby Digital) (3:28)
  24. 24 Adrift and Dumfounded (5.1 Dolby Digital) (4:25)
  25. 25 Old School Song (5.1 Dolby Digital) (3:06)
  26. 26 Wootton Bassett Town (5.1 Dolby Digital) (3:43)
  27. 27 Power and Spirit (5.1 Dolby Digital) (1:58)
  28. 28 Give Till It Hurts (5.1 Dolby Digital) (1:12)
  29. 29 Cosy Corner (5.1 Dolby Digital) (1:24)
  30. 30 Shunt and Shuffle (5.1 Dolby Digital) (2:12)
  31. 31 A Change Of Horses (5.1 Dolby Digital) (8:04)
  32. 32 Confessional (5.1 Dolby Digital) (3:08)
  33. 33 Kismet In Suburbia (5.1 Dolby Digital) (4:17)
  34. 34 What-ifs, Maybes and Might-have-beens (5.1 Dolby Digital) (3:36)
  35. 35 From a Pebble Thrown (3:08)
  36. 36 Pebbles Instrumental (3:30)
  37. 37 Might Have Beens (0:50)
  38. 38 Upper Sixth Loan Shark (1:13)
  39. 39 Banker Bets, Banker Wins (4:27)
  40. 40 Swing It Far (3:28)
  41. 41 Adrift and Dumfounded (4:25)
  42. 42 Old School Song (3:06)
  43. 43 Wootton Bassett Town (3:43)
  44. 44 Power and Spirit (1:58)
  45. 45 Give Till It Hurts (1:12)
  46. 46 Cosy Corner (1:24)
  47. 47 Shunt and Shuffle (2:12)
  48. 48 A Change Of Horses (8:04)
  49. 49 Confessional (3:08)
  50. 50 Kismet In Suburbia (4:17)
  51. 51 What-ifs, Maybes and Might-have-beens (3:36)
  52. 52 The Making of Thick As a Brick 2 (14:34)
  53. 53 The Interviews (15:39)
  54. 54 Reading of the Lyrics (2:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Anderson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Vocals
John O'Hara Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
David Goodier Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar
Pete Judge Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Tenor Horn
Ryan O'Donnell Vocals
Florian Opahle Electric Guitar
Scott Hammond Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Ian Anderson Composer, Producer
Florian Opahle Digital Editing
Mike Downs Engineer
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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Thick As A Brick 2 is a great album!

    Thick As A Brick 2 is, if nothing else, conclusive proof that when something is done this well, eras, trends and even worse "genres" lose their precedence. This album is nothing short of brilliant and endears itself to the listener more and more upon re-visit.

    The music is excellent and is full of well written melodic hooks that initially captivate but reveal upon repeated listens a sophisticated structure of both development and recapitulation.

    For fans of Mr. Anderson who wish to peruse his rich and thought provoking lyrics, there is a bounty for one's mind when reading of the varied life and possiibilities of one Gerald Bostock, the central character of the album. "What If's, Maybe's and Might Have Been's" describing how a passing chance or a chosen fork in the road always holds potential to change one's destiny, hence we have the Gerald Bostock character appearing in multiple and varied lives. The content is rich and there is much to be studied even as pure poetry alone.

    The "Pebbles" instrumental, one of two recurring main themes of the new album, evokes images of a faraway sea chanty or a distant plainsong of the moors in it's ethereally haunting flute passage.

    This is a record that will stand the test of time and is well worth your purchase as you will be rewarded through many listens. How many items of media in one's own collection really adds up to the potential of this? I cannot recommend this purchase higher.

    The Special Edition is well worth the price as in addition to a CD (and yes it is important especially in this day and age to actually buy physical product so that physical product continues to exist from record companies) there is also a DVD which contains a mini documentary on the recording of TAAB 2, a poetry reading of the lyrics by Ian (filmed against various background locales), both 5.1 and DTS surround mixes and a 24 bit high resolution stereo mix along with a PDF for computer of the "St Cleve Chronicle" cover artwork which is based from the original TAAB of 40 years ago.

    Congratulations to Ian Anderson and band for proving that the constant of time is what we make of it, and what we choose of it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    Love it!

    I love this CD it is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome.

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