1-8-13 Jethro Tull – TAAB in 5.1
On 1-8-77 Queen “A Day At The Races” LP was No. 1 in England. Happy birthday David Bowie! (Born 1947). Elvis Presley, born 1935. Shirley Bassey, born 1937. Lee Jackson (of The Nice and Jackson Heights), born 1943. Robbie Krieger (of The Doors), born 1946.
I recently got the 5.1 CD + DVD deluxe set of Jethro Tull’s Thick As A Brick. I was going to write out my thoughts, but I realized that a good friend of mine has done it far more eloquently than I ever could. Please read Gary Steel’s review of it here:
And Gary also told me: “I’m not quite won over by Steven Wilson’s new 2-channel mix: definitely more detail in some respects than the original CD, but I think he’s tried to make it sound more ‘natural’, which minimizes some of the ‘shock’ stereo panning on the original.”
To all of the above, I would add – there’s a “flat” 1972 stereo mix on the DVD-A, if the new sounds don’t set right. I think it’s nice when bands do that. “Here’s our new version, but we’ve also included the old version” – such as all the recent King Crimson 40th Anniversary CD + DVD sets.
For those who do not already know, Gary is one of oldest and dearest friends in New Zealand. I met him on my first trip there in 1980. We’ve been in touch ever since! Lately, we are also discussing the new re-masters of Universal’s Frank Zappa CD catalogue. Both Gary & I have been discussing Frank Zappa with one another for over 30 years!
The only other thing I can add about “Thick As A Brick” is that it’s where I got off of the Jethro Tull bus. I bought a UK Chrysalis copy of the LP before it’s US release, and liked it just fine – in 1972. I’ve contiguously kept a copy of it ever since it’s initial release.
Maybe it was what was in the air in 1972? I changed a lot of the bands I listened to; I gave up on stuff I had been listening to, and opened new doors.