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Thick as a Brick is a 1972 album from the British progressive rock band Jethro Tull. It was commercially a very successful album; It was the first album of the band that came in the United States at number 1 on the Billboard-album list. It is considered to be one of the highlights of the considered progressive rock.
The entire album consists only one song by a total of 45 minutes. Lyrics and music were written by Ian Anderson, the leader of this band. It is a concept album, to a poem by the fictional boy Gerald Bostock.
The first pressing of the LP had a cover that looked like a local newspaper  and could be expanded to a 12-page tabloid. Later pressings looked to the eye is still the same, but could no longer be expanded to newspapers format.
Although this album was intended as a parody of the concept album, Ian Anderson is a socially critical message with this album.
- The album opens with the following rules, directed against the hippie culture:
- I really don't mind if you sit this one out.
- My words but a whisper-your deafness a shout!
- I may make you feel, but I can not make you think.
- Your sperm's in the gutter-your love's in the sink.
- Later against the businessman:
- We'll make a man of him, put him to trade,
- teach him, to play Monopoly and how to sing in the rain.
- Against the citizens:
- "What do you do when the old man's gone-do you want to be him?
- And your real self sings the song. Do you want to free him?
- No one to help you get up steam,
- and the whirlpool turns you ' way off-beam. "
- The adolescents:
- "Playing at the hard case,
- you follow the example of the comic-paper idol,
- who lets you bend the rules.
- So, come on ye childhood heroes!
- Won't you rise up from the pages,
- of your comic-books, your super crooks,
- and show us all the way.
- Well, make your will and testament,
- won't you? Join your local government.
- We'll have Superman for president,
- let Robin save the day. "
- "Thick As A Brick (Part I)"-22: 40
- "Thick As A Brick (Part II)"-21: 10
- "Thick As A Brick" (live in Madison Square Garden, 1978) ¹-11: 50
- Interview with Ian Anderson, Martin Barre and Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond ¹-16: 30
¹ Bonus tracks on the remastered version for the 25th anniversary in 1997.
- Ian Anderson (flute, acoustic guitar, violin, saxophone, trumpet, vocals)
- Martin Barre (electric guitar, lute)
- Barriemore Barlow (drums, timpani, percussion)
- Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (bass, spoken word)
- John Evan (organ, piano, harpsichord)
- David Palmer (arrangement for Orchestra)
- unknown Orchestra
- Thick As A Brick -cover in newspapers form