This past April, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson released a sequel to his band's 1972 concept album, Thick as a Brick, and now a deluxe 40th anniversary edition of the original record is set to arrive in stores on November 5. The album, which became the group's first to top the Billboard 200 chart, consists of a three-part piece of music featuring lyrics that were credited to a fictional eight-year-old boy named Gerald Bostock, but were in fact penned by Anderson.
The deluxe Thick as a Brick will be a CD/DVD set that boasts several mixes of the album, including a new stereo mix and a 5.1 surround-sound mix, as well as a high-resolution digital version of the original 1972 mix. The package also will include a hardcover book featuring rare photos and recent pics and recollections from Anderson and other Tull members. Also included will be a 12-by-12-inch newspaper similar to the one packaged with the original LP.
In addition, a two-LP set will be available featuring both Thick as a Brick and Thick as a Brick 2 on audiophile 180-gram vinyl and a 72-page 12-by-12-inch book gathered together in a hard slipcase package.
Anderson will kick off the North American leg of his Thick as a Brick Tour on September 18 in Miami Beach, Florida. The veteran rocker has been performing Thick as a Brick and its sequel in their entirety on the trek.