Title: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson – Thick As A Brick – Live In Iceland
Genre: Progressive rock
Artist: Ian Anderson – flute, acoustic guitar, vocals; Scott Hammond – drums, percussion; David Goodier – bass guitar, glockenspiel; John O’Hara – keyboards, accordion; Florian Opahle – electric guitar; Ryan O’Donnell – vocals
Released: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Video Codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 29994 kbps 1920 * 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio # 1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8158 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German
Size: 44 GB
Jethro Tull s famous concept album Thick As A Brick was originally released in 1972 and featured one continuous track spread across two sides of an LP telling the story of a young boy called Gerald Bostock. 40 years later in 2012, Jethro Tull s founder and leader Ian Anderson created Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock? . Following this release Ian Anderson took both albums on the road to perform the complete story of Gerald Bostock and this concert from the tour was filmed in Iceland. The show combines music, video screens and mime to bring Gerald s tale to life as never before and create the definitive presentation of Thick As A Brick .
“I must be one of the International Artists to have most-often visited Iceland for concerts. I think the total stands at nine shows now. Of course, most of these have been in Reykjavik, the capital city where this performance was recorded. But Iceland is so much more than its generous, loud and thriving “big city”. Sitting astride the tectonic upthrust of the mid-Atlantic ridge, you can still feel the precarious, brave presence of wild and woolly ancestors who made it their home over the centuries. Now the beating heart of a vigorous Arts and cafe society, it seems that everyone in Iceland plays an instrument or sings, whether in the choir, traditional folk groups or electronic pop covers.
This, one of two shows at the newly-built Harpa Concert Hall, took place quite early on in the combined Thick As A Brick 1 and 2 tours of 2012 and 2013. Only a few little details changed since then as the structure of the show evolved a little over the 176 performances. To have decided to perform in this way with an entire new TAAB2 album as well as the testing original of 1972 was quite daunting, even to me, but the band and crew entered confidently into the spirit of adventure. Recreating the original meant carefully analysing and learning the original parts and arrangements to recapture not only the technical notation of the original but the sonic quality too. So the instruments remained the same: Hammond Organ, Fender Jazz Bass, Gibson Les Paul and the little parlour guitar which I strummed and picked so much, both in the writing of both albums, and also in the recording. Oh, I nearly forgot the flute! That was, in fact the easy part as my technical skills have improved somewhat over the forty-two year gap between the short-lived TAAB tours of 1972 and today.
The only big issue was with the degree to which I added to the original record with my own overdubs of acoustic guitar, flute, saxophone, trumpet and violin. Often, they coincided with one or more vocal parts making an impossible task for reproduction without an additional pair of hands and lungs. So in came Ryan O’Donnell, actor, singer, dancer and mime artist. Having the addition; theatrical input and the covering vocal parts meant I could then add in the extra del of the additional instruments, although the prospect of attempting the violin, trumpet and sax parts was a step too far for me. Anna Phoebe added the violin each night from her bedroom in North London and my flute served as surrogate for the short passages of sax and trumpet.
As both albums, especially TAAB2, had been written, rehearsed and recorded as complete live performances, it was not too onerous for me to rehearse and re-learn.The band all had to work hard to write down and practise the detailed material having only played eleven, or so, minutes of TAAB in various concerts over the last ten years. Well done, men of the band! Service in battle. Feather in cap. Heart in mouth. Two hundred nights in the tour bus! John, David, Scott, Florian and Ryan get top marks and a clean pillow. Jakko Jakszyk, familiar with my work having just mixed the 2014 Homo Erraticus album, joined the gang to do the live stereo and 5.1 mixing.
Special thanks to James Anderson for organisation, and to Icelandic TV, my crew and office support team. And, of course to Geoff and all at Eagle for the energy and commitment to make this product available. Hope to see you in Iceland sometime. Book a flight today. Smile at a whale. Adopt a volcano!” –Ian Anderson.
1 Thick As A Brick parts 1 and 2
2 From A Pebble Thrown
3 Pebbles Instrumental
4 Might Have Beens
5 Upper Sixth Loan Shark
6 Banker Bets, Banker Wins
7 Swing It Far
8 Adrift And Dumbfounded
9 Old School Song
10 Wootton Bassett Town
11 Power And Spirit
12 Give Til It Hurts
13 Cosy Corner
14 Shunt And Shuffle
15 A Change Of Horses
17 Kismet In Surburbia
18 What-ifs, Maybes And Might-Have-Beens
• Interview with Ian Anderson (1080i; 14:16)
• Ian Anderson and Claude Nobs Workshop: ‘Someday the Sun Will not Shine for You’ offers the rare sight of Nobs trying to play an instrument. (1080i; 9:32)
• Live at Montreux 2012: ‘Upper Sixth Loan Shark’ and ‘Banker Bets, Banker Wins’ (1080i; 7:12). (This one does not look like an upscale).
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