A year after honoring the band’s real-life namesake with a rock opera, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is giving a dozen of the group’s songs the string quartet treatment. Jethro Tull: The String Quartets, due out March 24 and available to pre-order now, finds Anderson working alongside the Carducci Quartet and arranger/conductor John O’Hara to recast a dozen Tull tracks in a new light.
"Thick as a Brick 2", abbreviated TAAB 2 (pronounced /tæb tuː/ by Anderson) and subtitled Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock?, is the fifth studio 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 parody concept album. It entered the Billboard chart at No. 55.
The Secret Language of Birds (2000) is the third studio album by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. It is named after the dawn chorus, the natural sound of birds heard at dawn, most noticeably in the spring.
"Rupi's Dance" (2003) is the fourth studio album by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. The album was released around the same time as Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre's new solo album, Stage Left.
"The Secret Language of Birds" is the third studio album by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. It is named after the dawn chorus, the natural sound of birds heard at dawn, most noticeably in the spring. The album is extremely impressive and great for anyone who likes soft but not slow and boring folk music. "The Secret Language of Birds" can be easily ranked among Anderson's best work, Tull or otherwise, and in many ways is the most impressive release of his career.
"Divinities: Twelve Dances With God" is the second studio album by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. All 12 tracks are instrumental and are influenced by different ethnical musical traditions: Celtic ("In the Grip of Stronger Stuff"), Spanish ("In the Pay of Spain"), African ("En Afrique") and so on.
"Walk Into Light" is the debut album released by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, combining sophisticated Electro-Pop songs with Anderson's typically pointed and intelligent sociological observations. Made in conjunction with keyboardist Peter-John Vetesse, "Walk Into Light" is a noble attempt at reinventing an established identity. Anderson and Vettese created the sound of a real band with many influences and hints of seventies bands as Yes and Genesis. You can also hear influences of electronic music made by bands as Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk.
Two years after Thick as a Brick 2, an explicit 2012 sequel to the 1972 prog classic, Ian Anderson embarked on another ambitious journey, this time assembling a concept record called Homo Erraticus. A loose – very loose – album based on a "dusty, unpublished manuscript, written by local amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1873-1928)," Homo Erraticus is an old-fashioned prog record: it has narrative heft and ideas tied to the '70s, where jazz, classical, folk, orchestral pop, and rock all commingled in a thick, murky soup.
Like so many risk takers, Jethro Tull have had their share of both admirers and detractors over the years. To their admirers, Ian Anderson and his colleagues did a lot to expand rock's boundaries; to their detractors, they epitomized progressive rock's excesses (especially during the '70s) and were a prime example of why the punk movement was needed. It's no secret that Tull – like Yes, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer – were influenced by European classical music (as well as British folk, Celtic music, blues, and jazz).
Some 40 years after the release of Jethro Tull's prog landmark Thick as a Brick, chief Tull Ian Anderson crafts a sequel. Sensibly titled Thick as a Brick 2, this 2012 set brings us up to speed with the life of Gerald Bostock, who was a mere lad of 10 at the time of TAAB but is now an adult shouldering a myriad of responsibilities…