Thick as a Brick 2
|Thick as a Brick 2|
|Studio album by Ian Anderson|
|Released||4 April 2012|
|Recorded||March 2011, November 2011|
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|Ian Anderson chronology|
Thick as a Brick 2, abbreviated TAAB 2 and subtitled Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock?, is an album by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, released in 2012 as a follow-up of Thick as a Brick, Jethro Tull's highly acclaimed 1972 concept album. It entered the Billboard chart at #55.
According to Anderson, TAAB 2 (pronounced / / by Anderson) focuses on Gerald Bostock, the fictional boy genius author of the original album, forty years later. "I wonder what the eight-year-old Gerald Bostock would be doing today. Would the fabled newspaper still exist?" The follow-up album presents five divergent, hypothetical life stories for Gerald Bostock, including a greedy investment banker, a homosexual homeless man, a soldier in the Afghan War, a sanctimonious evangelist preacher, and a most ordinary man who (married and childless) runs a corner store; by the end of the album, however, all five possibilities seem to converge in a similar concluding moment of gloomy or pitiful solitude. In March 2012, to follow the style of the mock-newspaper cover (The St Cleve Chronicle and Linwell Advertiser) of the original Thick as a Brick album, an online newspaper was set up, simply titled StCleve: www.stcleve.com.
The album debuted at #55 on the Billboard chart, at #13 in the German Albums Chart, at #12 in the Finnish Album Chart, at #19 in the Austrian Album Charts, at #30 in the Norwegian Album Charts, at #31 in the Swiss Album Charts, at number #74 on the Canadian Albums Chart, at #35 on the UK charts, at #76 in the Dutch Album Chart and at #99 on the Spanish charts.
The original Thick as a Brick consists of only two long tracks comprising a single song, while the TAAB 2 lists 17 separate songs merged into 13 distinct tracks (some labelled as medleys), although also all flowing together much like a single song.
All songs written and composed by Ian Anderson.
|1.||"From a Pebble Thrown"||3:05|
|2.||"Medley: Pebbles Instrumental / Might-Have-Beens"||4:21|
|3.||"Medley: Upper Sixth Loan Shark / Banker Bets, Banker Wins"||5:41|
|4.||"Swing It Far"||3:28|
|5.||"Adrift and Dumbfounded"||4:25|
|6.||"Old School Song"||3:07|
|7.||"Wootton Bassett Town"||3:44|
|8.||"Medley: Power and Spirit / Give Till It Hurts"||3:11|
|9.||"Medley: Cosy Corner / Shunt and Shuffle"||3:37|
|10.||"A Change of Horses"||8:04|
|12.||"Kismet in Suburbia"||4:17|
|13.||"What-ifs, Maybes and Might-Have-Beens"||3:36|
The 2-disc edition includes a DVD with the following contents:
- 5.1 Surround Mix
- Super Quality 24-bit Stereo Mix
- TAAB2 "The making of" Video
- Studio recording sessions, interviews and more
- The Lyric Reading Video (Anderson)
- Multilingual Lyric Translations (pdf files)
- www.StCleve.com Web Pages (pdf)
- Ian Anderson – vocals, flutes, acoustic guitars
- Florian Opahle – electric guitar
- John O'Hara (musician) – accordion, Hammond organ, piano, keyboards
- Pete Judge – trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor horn, E-flat tuba
- Ryan O'Donnell (musician) – additional vocals
- David Goodier – bass guitar, glockenspiel
- Scott Hammond – drums, percussion
- Steven Wilson – mixing engineer
- Mike Downs – recording engineer
- Ian Anderson – liner notes
- Peter Mew – mastering engineer
|Hungarian Albums Chart||2|
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