February 2nd, 2012
Ian Anderson has announced the release of TAAB2, the sequel to Tull’s Thick As a Brick. Anderson explains:
The theme of this anniversary “part two” album is to examine the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy, Gerald Bostock, might have taken later in life and to create alter-ego characters whose song-section identities illustrate the hugely varied potential twists and turns of fate and opportunity. Not just for Gerald but to echo how our own lives develop, change direction and ultimately conclude through chance encounters and interventions, however tiny and insignificant they might seem at the time.
This is an IA solo project and not a Tull album. The line-up: John O’Hara (keyboards), David Goodier (bass), Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). for his part, Martin Barre is preparing a solo tour for later this year with Doane Perry and Jonathan Noyce. Considering that Martin wasn’t included here, the recent revelation that Jethro Tull is on hold seems like an understatement.
From A Pebble Thrown
Upper Sixth Loan Shark
Banker Bets, Banker Wins
Swing It Far
Adrift And Dumfounded
Old School Song
Wootton Bassett Town
Power And Spirit
Give Till It Hurts
Shunt And Shuffle
A Change Of Horses
Kismet In Suburbia
What-ifs, Maybes And Might-have-beens
“Adrift and Dumbfound” and “A Change of Horses” have been featured at Tull concerts over the past few years along with a clutch of other new tunes. It’s nice to hear that some of that material will find its way onto an album.
For the occasion, the St. Cleve Chronicle has gone online and UK tour dates have been announced for shows which will feature both albums in their entirety.
According to the Tull website, samples of the album will be available soon along with IA interviews and a review of TAAB2 by “Adrian Stone-Mason” which I presume will appear in the St. Cleve.
I have to admit that I was not expecting a sequel to TAAB. That the details of the project were kept under wraps for so long in this day and age of Internet rumormongering is quite an achievement. I’ve read at a couple fora that certain fans have no interest in the project because Martin was not involved. Yet others are done with IA and Tull because his voice is “shot”. The brief glimpses we get of the new music in the above video sound good to my ears. With IA and Tull’s focus lately having been on Aqualung’s 40th anniversary, it’s nice to see some new music.