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By adding a theatrical viewpoint, Ian Anderson has truly breathed new life into a classic musical concept.

'Thick As A Brick' was originally released back in 1972 to critical acclaim and is classed as a classic in the Progressive Rock genre. Ian Anderson released 'Thick As A Brick 2' forty years later, continuing the story of Gerald Bostock in his later years, and what became of him. Following this release Anderson took both albums on the road to perform the complete story. Released as a 2CD, DVD or Blu-ray they capture this one of kind performance in all its audio and visual glory.

The show begins with an amusing sketch, Anderson in doctor's outfit and ill fitting wig anyone? It borders on Monty Python. The first half of the show is the complete first album, while the second album takes up the other half.

Ian alone, dressed in boots, head scarf and armed with acoustic guitar, begins the musical performance solo, with a single spotlight on him. The use of Ryan O'Donnell on accompanying vocals and mime then adds an extra dimension to the story and frees up Anderson's flute playing, releasing him from the more demanding vocal work.

The camera captures every twitch and grimace in Anderson's visual delivery, as we watch him prance, stand on one leg and almost conduct his band through proceedings. Although this is Ian's masterpiece, each band member is highlighted in his own musical light.

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Keyboard player John O'Hara is an exciting personality at all times, resembling a mad professor, having the most bizarre facial expressions as he commands his keyboard and piano. Guitarist Florian Opahle throws plenty of shapes feeding off Anderson and delivering some exquisite guitar, never too flashy but with plenty of flair. Bass Player David Goodier and drummer Scott Hammond hold the whole incredible performance together as a super tight rhythm section.

The second half has more light hearted moments, even having an audience member on stage to take part in a prostate exam sketch (you have to see it to understand it!). By adding a theatrical viewpoint, Ian Anderson has truly breathed new life into a classic musical concept.

The CD release is identical in track listing to the DVD and even without the visuals is a cracking release to own, though it is a shame Eagle did not have the foresight to include 'Locomotive Breath' as an incentive bonus track, as this was played as an encore on the 'Thick As A Brick' tour.

Ray Paul

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