April 30, 2012 – 4:38 am

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Perth, Scotland 2012 [no label, 2CD]

World premiere of Thick As A Brick 2, live at the Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland, UK; April 14, 2012. Excellent audience recording.

Jethro Tull and prog-rock fans may be familiar with Thick As A Brick but Thick As A Brick 2? And who would imagine that Ian Anderson would even bring up a topic such as prostrate check-ups - totally relevant today - during the intermission?

This is what Aidan Smith wrote in The Scotsman:

Most prog-rock legends are content to play the old stuff forever – Dark Side Of The Moon 2 doesn’t exist and neither does Close To The Edge 2. But there is a Thick As A Brick 2 and this was its world premiere. A suite of songs, just like the 40-year-old original which was played first, and what a thrill to hear two concept albums in full. Flute-organ duels, drum solos, glorious codswallop.

No other Jethro Tull stalwarts were on display but a young five-piece band proved able deputies, among them Ryan O’Donnell, a graduate of the floppy-fringed acting academy, who in harlequin breeks served as Anderson’s junior prog court minstrel, strolling and narrating and helping out on vocals when the boss was trilling up something baroque.

As bawdy and bonkers as ever, Anderson may be forging ahead with the new technologies, but TAAB2 was much concerned with the past – old schooldays, Tompkins Minor, Fray Bentos pies – as he reflected on how his young hero, Gerard Bostock, had ended up a banker.

Thanks to André’s Music Club for recording and mastering the tracks and the artwork; and to RaelImperial who shared the show on Dime.

RaelImperial noted:

Recorded from the middle of row E on the opening night of the Thick As A Brick tour in Perth, Scotland… Please note there is one unfortunate moment near the start of TAAB where I managed to drop the recorder as well as a bit of microphone noise from me holding it for the rest of the performance. The show started at 7.30 pm sharp and we arrived later than intended, which didn’t provide sufficient time to find a stable location for the recorder. TAAB2 is altogether better though, as I had the chance to sort the position of the recorder out during the interval. I decided not to try patching the mistake in TAAB but to leave it “as recorded”, so if anyone else would like to see if it’s fixable please go right ahead.

Equipment: Zoom H2 Recorder [Rear Stereo Mics] @ 24bit 44.1kHz Stereo > Sound Forge 8 [volume normalisation and maximising] > Reason 6 [eq and limiting] > Sound Forge 8 [rendering to 16bit 44.1kHz Stereo] > TLH [conversion to FLAC level 8]

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Disc 1 (Thick As A Brick)
Track 101. Intro (1.7MB)
Track 102. Thick As A Brick Part 1 (37.1MB)
Track 103. Intermission (2.6MB)
Track 104. Thick As A Brick Part 2 (35.0MB)

Disc 2 (Thick As A Brick 2)
Track 201. Tuffty’s Intro (6.1MB)
Track 202. From A Pebble Thrown (2.8MB)
Track 203. Pebble Instrumental (5.9MB)
Track 204. Might-Have-Beens (1.3MB)
Track 205. Upper Sixth Loan Shark (2.0MB)
Track 206. Banker Bets, Banker Wins (7.2MB)
Track 207. Swing It Far (5.7MB)
Track 208. Adrift and Dumbfounded (6.9MB)
Track 209. Old School Song (4.9MB)
Track 210. Wootton Bassett Town (6.0MB)
Track 211. Power and Spirit (3.1MB)
Track 212. Give Till It Hurts (2.3MB)
Track 213. Cosy Corner (2.4MB)
Track 214. Shunt and Shuffle (3.3MB)
Track 215. A Change of Horses (12.5MB)
Track 216. Confessional (4.9MB)
Track 217. Kismet In Suburbia (6.9MB)
Track 218. What-Ifs, Maybes and Might-Have-Beens (5.7MB)
Track 219. Tuffty’s Outro (3.4MB)

Ian Anderson - vocals, flute, acoustic guitar
David Goodier - bass guitar
Scott Hammond - drums, percussion
John O’Hara - keyboards, accordion
Florian Opahle - electric guitar
Ryan O’Donnell - additional vocals, theatre


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  1. 23 Responses to “IAN ANDERSON - PERTH, SCOTLAND 2012”

  2. Thanks. bigO! Heard a preview of a tune or 2 on local radio. Bring on disc 2!!!

    By NAMoosedog on Apr 30, 2012

  3. whats the explanation as to why this is ian solo and not tull? anyone know please?

    By darth on Apr 30, 2012

  4. The rest of the band - all ten million of them - had enough sense to stay away. :)

    By rick on Apr 30, 2012

  5. Actually, it’s not much like TAAB #1. It has a similar sound due to similar instrumentation, style and techniques (eg. it’s not filled w/ vocoders, looping, sampling and other modern-day trickery), but the musical themes are all new, except the 30-second nod at the end of the piece. Story-wise, it’s picks up and explores the 1972 thread, but sounds, to me, like a stand-alone album more than a part-two.

    Sometimes Ian, and old hero of mine, for the record, does things under the name Tull, and otherwise under his own name. On the Tull ones, he often does not have many recognizable names - perhaps Martin Barre is still around? - but it’s a new re-re-re-invention each time. Why he chose one name or the other is unknown to me…..

    By rick on Apr 30, 2012

  6. rick - u havent heard part 2 yet. the first disc is the familiar music that we have known for 40 years. the 2 longer tracks add up to 45mins.. the length of the original album. disc2/taab2 is coming in a few hours for us in the usa and then we will know what it sounds like.. whether it be a stand alone or not. know what i mean?
    i know what u mean about how ian sometimes uses the tull name and sometimes not. what i am asking here is why if hes doing a tull album on its 40th anniversary tour.. why isnt at least barre part of it? or any other musicians from then or the current tull? why isnt he at least using the tull name? i was hoping for some semblence of a reason by someone who might know why he does what he does. thats all.
    i guess its like roger touring doing tommy without pete. i just dont understand it.

    By darth on Apr 30, 2012

  7. Except Daltrey gave Townshend the option (and had Pete’s blessings). The last issue of Goldmine has both Ian and Martin speaking their peace. Ian’s opinion is exactly what Rick has written. More offensively, Ian states that all the concepts are his…therefore He IS Jethro Tull. Correct me if I’m getting this wrong. Martin was told by Ian that he was going to do a solo project and take some time off….(and was offended by not being included in the project). Again, I may have misinterpreted some of what I read (my disclaimer).

    By DanC on May 1, 2012

  8. The rot set in 2 or 3 years ago when Anderson toured as Tull minus Barre. That provoked a major outcry with many fans sneering that Anderson had finally proved what many fans had suspected for many years - that Anderson believes that he and he alone is “Jethro Tull” - at least this time round he is touring under his own name since he knows using the Tull name would provoke a lot of hatred and abuse.

    By Harold Michaels on May 1, 2012

  9. that Anderson believes that he and he alone is “Jethro Tull”…

    he didn`t come by this attitude just recently either..
    remember his song Fat Man? ..he wrote that about Mick Abrahams who had left the band..

    By sluggo on May 1, 2012

  10. i dont really have a huge problem with ian thinking that he owns the name jethro tull just as kantner owns the name jefferson airplane. so any band he wishes to put together and call it jethro tull is essentially fine by me. thats his right. but what i dont get is if he claims this right and the authority to do so why then go out under his own name without the jethro tull name which clearly is a much more widely known name and perform jethro tull music?
    u see.. if he was to do music associated with him as a solo act on tour as ian anderson then that makes perfect sense. but in this instance he is taking what is known worldwide for 40 years as jethro tull music and performing it as a solo act.
    i dont know that ian offered martin the option of going out with him on this tour. i also dont know if roger asked pete to join him. i hear from several that pete gave his blessing so maybe its true. maybe. who knows?
    there was supposed to be a who tour this year. it was announced that quadrophenia would be performed in its entirety.

    how do u take time off and also do a solo project? how is that time off? if u do a solo project thats fine. but to then tour without the guitarist whom u could easily have included on that tour and called it jethro tull which would allow u to use the name and not upset the fans and also charge the money for the tickets and sell out the venues where on your own name it may not happen. sure it could but what a risk.
    why piss off martin? for what end? why not give the fans what they want? is there even one fan who would not prefer to see both of them on stage together than just ian alone? isnt this a no brainer? it seems to me common sense wasnt at play here. but no i didnt read the goldmine article. is it viewable online?
    i havent seen an issue of goldmine since 10 years ago.
    incidentally theres a roger show from japan out there from this past friday. its pretty damned good. but yes.. id prefer if it had pete.

    By darth on May 1, 2012

  11. This review of the London show might interest folks.

    Ian Anderson, Hammersmith Apollo, London - FT.com -


    Catch it before the paywall rises.

    By Michael Kenward on May 1, 2012

  12. and the show from friday that is reviewed above is available for dl’ing on tube for those interested. the source for much of what we dl here dontcha know.

    on another topic - bruce’s 2.5 hour set closed out the first weeks new orleans jazz fest. i heard it was superb. again im not a giant bruce fan but is this going to be available in sbd or fm quality? are there other performances from that festival going to make it here? please?

    By darth on May 2, 2012

  13. Thanks Big O! The gods still stride the earth, and the skills of composition have not been lost to music fans forever!

    By Kevin on May 2, 2012

  14. Sounds pretty good, but I expected it to be a little more forceful though. All in all, a Great performance.

    By My God on May 2, 2012

  15. Not only is Ian Anderson in excellent physical condition (just look!), the music is awesome. I wasn’t surprised though. He is a smart man who knows his music. TAAB 2 is EXCELLENT! w or wo MB. My only disappointment is that Mick Abrahams couldn’t be around for all the hype. I hear he is in bad shape lately due to physical ills.

    By lanzarishi on May 3, 2012

  16. For anyone interested: Martin Barre Live with his band
    “A song for Jeffrey”

    By DanC on May 3, 2012

  17. More:
    Martin’s thoughts:

    And Darth…this is for you on Townshend /Daltrey (no bad blood there)

    By DanC on May 3, 2012

  18. Have any more shows surfaced from this tour? I’d like to hear the progression of the new Thick As A Brick II as the band becomes more comfortable playing it. Anyone who has another show please post a link, thanks!

    By Adam Dean on May 6, 2012

  19. adam - the following shows are all available that i have -
    4-27london 4-29high wycombe 4-17newcastle 4-30birmingham
    and im sure there are others.

    By darth on May 7, 2012

  20. Have just seen TAAB at Southampton and was hugely disappointed. The music was OK but the old boy can’t sing like he used to. He stretched like a meercat to reach those high notes and often swallowed the words through the effort. Sometimes it was a race between his vocals and the band as to who got there first. It detracted from the music and although it hurts me to say this was cringe making in the extreme. Make no mistake about it, Ian Anderson is still a great musician but it was merciful that the band relied on another singer to carry it off and I wish that he had donw all the vocals. Having seen TAAB at the Albert Hall in 1972, I was so looking forward to this gig. I wasnt expecting it to be as good as 40 years ago but feel cheated by this experience.

    By Chris on May 8, 2012

  21. Hi!Great Thanks for this Show!!!!!!

    By Udo on May 10, 2012

  22. Anyone have any information on the line: Margins made from Tompkins Minor? Fictitious financial person or journal or index? Real?

    By Tompkins on Sep 15, 2012

  23. muito obrigado,não vejo a hora que chegar em port alegre longa vida ian !

    By paulo on Sep 27, 2012

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