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Weekly Vinyl – Jethro Tull

20 May

Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull
I picked this album up in Ukraine in 1989. I bought a few albums there – whatever was available.
I’m not sure if this was a legal licensed copy or a pure rip-off, Things were hazy back then, the Soviet Empire was fading and things were a little crazy.
It states that it is manufactured under licence but so does every pirated cassette that I bought as well. I still have a whole box of these lying around. I should get around to listening to them as well.
There was very little vinyl to be had so I bought what I could. I like Jethro Tull and this is not a bad “Best Of” album.
I checked up on the internet and this is just a repressing of their Original Masters disk that was released in 1985.It has Aqualung, Locomotive Breath, Living in the Past, Thick as a Brick and other hits covering their career from 1969 to 1977.
This is a nice curiosity in my record collection.

Weekly Vinyl – Thick Brick

22 Jan

Thick as a Brick
Jethro Tull
This is one of the more esteemed recordings in the genre known as progressive rock.
The album is a tad over 43 minutes in length and is just one song.
The album is actually a newspaper which you can read and decipher while listening to the music. It is all one large concept which some take seriously and others, including the creator and lead singer of Jethro Tull, claim the whole album is a joke.
It is very elaborate and I remember reading the album while listening to it many years ago. I did not do this now as I remember that reading the album cover/paper took longer than listening to the album.
The music is complex and layered. There are many key changes and tempo changes. Some of the song is in strange time signatures more used in Jazz than rock. It is a grate listen but you need to concentrate and really listen for the nuances in the music. If it is just in the background it will be irritating because it challenges the ear and brain to pay attention.