March 10, 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick album, their first ever #1 album in the US. (Previously
, sadly the "very extensive packaging" newspaper link has rotted, but a replacement has happily been found
.) And April 2, 2012 will see the release of Thick As A Brick II
.Whatever happened to Gerald Bostock
, the precocious 8-year-old who wrote the lyrics
for the seminal prog-rock album from 1972? Ian Anderson was pondering this question and has come up with an epic answer
, which will be explored in a new album-length song recorded with his current touring band. (Anderson is fully conscious that this is a risky proposition
, but is moving forward with it because, well, because he wants to
The new album
, suitably titled Thick As A Brick 2
, was written and recorded over the past year or so, and has been engineered by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, who also oversaw the recent remix-and-rerelease (in 5.1 surround) of Aqualung. [Not to be confused with the original Quad release of Aqualung, which is outstanding in its own right.] Although 17 tracks are listed
, the piece is conceived as a coherent whole and the tracks are merely there for the iTunes Generation to use to grab bits and pieces if they so choose.
Luckily, Ian Anderson has conducted an extensive interview with Ian Anderson about this new release, in four parts, about 45m, which gives a lot of details about writing, recording, performing, and other stuff about the album. Part 1 2 3 4
[yes, some segments are mis-labeled in YouTube]
Not only has The Brick been Thickened, but also the accompanying material. The famous St. Cleve Chronicle newspaper has, like all other media, become a website
, with many sections and articles to explore.
The son of the original St. Cleve reviewer of the 1972 Tull album
has surfaced with his assessment of the 2012 release
Anderson and his band are about to embark on an extensive world tour
[Ed. note: I assume more US dates will be forthcoming.], playing the entire 1972 album plus the entire 2012 album during each show. (This marks the first time since the original TAAB tour that all 45 minutes of it will be rendered live on stage. How exactly did that go 40 years ago? You can see for yourself via this mini-documentary about the recording and touring of that album: Part 1
But whatever did happen to Gerald Bostock
? Well, he has a twitter account
and a Facebook page
, so perhaps you can find out for yourself.