Jethro Tull “Thick as a Brick” (one and two) 40th anniversary vinyl box set

       So much ends up on the cutting room floor. Even though at the time one may not think to save tid bits of a moment in time, there are those who hold the title of the archivist with the foresight, hindsight, and insight to know that one day it will be a matter of historical value. Who would have thought vinyl records would one day make such a resurgence in latter-day music, with the tirade of technology at the helm of the advancing army of oncoming techno wizards wiring the world. A mere ship of fools…alas, not so.

       The blockbuster of the progressive musical onslaught has never rested long enough to be forgotten. “Thick as a Brick” has placed itself in a category all its own. In the world of lingering progressive giants such as Yes, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, King Crimson and the like, Jethro Tull has not only poked the proverbial eye of the musical progressive movement, but cast it in iron with humor, instrumental overtones of its own creation, and an overblown cover concept ever so deeming of its self-deprecating newsworthy content with an English smile.

       This incredulous package not only includes within its prominent container the original “Thick as Brick” recording in a brilliantly remastered version, but also places its sister moon counterpart, “Thick as Brick 2” next to it in glowing vinyl warmth and nostalgia. The overwhelming massive conclave of Jethro Tull archival interludes is wonderfully displayed in this quite special hardcover edition which includes dashing photos of the band, the traditional “Thick as a Brick” album newspaper retorts of the day, and “Thick as a Brick 2” sisterhood material.

       This is no flimsy packaging in any way, shape, or form. In fact, you could probably double the outer box as a bulletproof vest, or mount it on your motorcycle as a Bat shield for all of its sturdiness. After all…your wise men may not know how it feels to be thick as a brick…

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