North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands takes a look at the new 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Jethro Tull’s Thick As A Brick. Unquestionably and uniquely in a category all its own, Jethro Tull‘s 1972 epic Thick As a Brick is the only album in music history to attain #1 sales on Billboard containing only one song, albeit 43 minutes long!

For composer/singer/flautist Ian Anderson, Thick As a Brick‘s ultimate irony here, on the year of its 40th anniversary, is that the album was conceived by Anderson as a total spoof of music critics purporting to ascribe imaginary meaning to the band’s preceding Aqualung album as well as a send up of rock’s progressive darlings at the time. Ian Anderson explains in an interview with InTheStudio host Redbeard.

“The saving grace of Thick as a Brick is that sense of humor stays sufficiently close to the surface that you don’t get pissed off at the album for being too arty, too clever, too bombastic, or at least hopefully you don’t if you moderately like Jethro Tull. That sense of humor is always there.”

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