April 12, 2010 – 3:42 am

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Pile Of Bricks 1972 [Digital Reproductions, 2CD]

Live at the Shinjuku Hall, Tokyo, Japan, July 1972. Very good audience recording.

According to the Jethro Tull website (, Aqualung, released in 1971, is arguably Jethro Tull’s most misunderstood album. Critics dubbed it a concept album, particularly for Ian Anderson’s critical, skeptical views of organized religion, mostly on side B (”My God”). Anderson has disputed, almost resented, the assessment seeing the record as “just a bunch of songs.”

The site said: “Aqualung also cemented the exaggerated image, especially to those only casually acquainted with the band, that Tull was a ‘heavy rock’ group… Aqualung did establish one of the most notable features of Tull’s music: songs varying with intensity, mixing medium to heavy electrical sounds with lighter acoustical passages (for example, Aqualung and My God).”

In response to what some critics wrote, Anderson decided that “if the critics want a concept album we’ll give the mother of all concept albums and we’ll make it so bombastic and so over the top.” In 1972, the group released Thick As A Brick. The album featured only one song, lasting nearly 45 minutes, spread over two sides. Live, it was a single 42-minute performance without intermission.

Anderson also said that “because everyone was saying we were a progressive rock band, so we decided to live up to the reputation and write a progressive album, but done as a parody of the genre… the album was a spoof to the albums of Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer much like what the movie Airplane! had been to Airport.”

Parody or not, Thick As A Brick was a No. 1 album in the United States.

This recording, by Digital Reproductions, was shared on the internet by kaz77. Thanks to everyone whose efforts made this such a joy.

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Disc 1: (Thick as a Brick 78:04)
Track 101. Thick as a Brick pt.1 21:21 (30.7MB)
Track 102. Flute Solo 12:47 (17.5MB)
Track 103. Thick as a Brick reprise 9:51 (13.5MB)
Track 104. News Reports 4:15 (5.8MB)
Track 105. Thick as a Brick pt.2 2:21 (3.2MB)
Track 106. Drum Solo 13:32 (19.5MB)
Track 107. Thick as a Brick reprise 14:05 (20.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Introduction 0:51 (1.1MB)
Track 202. Cross Eyed Mary 2:53 (3.9MB)
Track 203. A New Day Yesterday 12:41 (18.3MB)
Track 204. Aqualung 8:38 (11.8MB)
Track 205. Wind Up - Guitar Solo 15:13 (21.9MB)
Track 206. Locomotive Breath 8:43 (11.9MB)
Track 207. Wind Up reprise 2:27 (3.3MB)

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  1. 11 Responses to “JETHRO TULL - TOKYO 1972”

  2. Great Thanks for this Musik!

    By udo on Apr 12, 2010

  3. hey bigo, thanks! i’m anxious to listen to this. i saw tull twice here in bham, al. first time was at city stages in 2000 and second time was 2002 at the alabama theatre where tom waits played 7.3.08. i was there, and i have the show in my library. right now fox theatre, atlanta, ga 7.5 is on my ipod. got it from here!


    By Ed Saad on Apr 12, 2010

  4. hey bigo, for those who are nit picky as i am, it’s actually shinjuku kohseinenkin hall. i just fixed it on my tags. there was a miles show bigo offered from the same venue. do a search it’s on here.


    By Ed Saad on Apr 13, 2010

  5. Thank you,a really nice concert.
    I am a little surprised by Anderson’s comments that TAAB was a progspoof. The depth of the lyrics and musical complexity would indicate a serious amount of thought going into it. It has always been my favourite Tull piece. I hope his comments are just a way of making something he is a little uncomfortable with today, seem better.

    By Mal on Apr 14, 2010

  6. Thanks. I enjoyed the concert. Well recorded and a spirited performance.

    By Dennis on Apr 14, 2010

  7. saw the thick as a brick show in USA 72 & its still a highlight of my life.

    just downloaded & am looking forward to hearing it


    By ds on Apr 15, 2010

  8. Great!!!! Thanks for sharing a piece of rock history!!!

    By Dan on Apr 16, 2010

  9. I never heard TAAB live so i’m looking forward to hearing this. Thanks

    By Matt on Apr 19, 2010

  10. According to this page:
    the date was July 15, 1972. Excellent!!

    By Adam Dean on Apr 22, 2010

  11. Wow.
    That´s it.
    Thank you!!


    By Kint on Oct 10, 2013

  12. Glenn Cornick, Founding Jethro Tull Bassist, Died

    By darth on Aug 31, 2014

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