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#35 Jethro Tull

THICK AS A BRICK

Jethro Tull’s fifth studio album was something of a parody of the 1970s fervour for concept albums and its cover is a spoof, too. Sending up the parochialisms of a classic English newspaper, the album sleeve became The St. Cleve Chronicle & Linwell Advertiser, a 12-page local rag. The newspaper’s reporting team was made up of Tull’s Ian Anderson, bassist Jeffrey Hammond and keyboardist John Evan. It was laid out by Chrysalis’ Roy Eldridge, himself a former journalist. The paper’s front-page splash credits a fictional eight year- old boy, Gerald Bostock, with co-writing the lyrics to the album, and also breaking are local sport reports, a story about a dog soiling actor Robert E Levi’s shoe and several in jokes about the band and their friends. Recording engineer Robin Black, for instance, is depicted as a local roller skating champion. The record company were initially unimpressed by Anderson’s idea, deeming it too expensive. The singer later revealed it had taken longer to make the cover than the album itself, which consists of a single track split into Part 1 and Part 2. “It was very carefully studied,” Anderson told Classic Rock. “I amassed a pile of papers and drew inspiration from the really silly stories that people would write about because there wasn’t anything else to write about. That was part of the fun, and definitely made it a concept album.”

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Issue 37 of the new-look Long Live Vinyl comes complete with the official Record Store Day Guide – a free 40-page magazine bring you the lowdown on all 500+ Record Store Day releases and where to get them… There’s also a handy map to help you find your nearest of the 237 participating independent record shops and the chance to win £100 of Record Tokens to spend in the shop of your choice. Inside the regular mag, our cover feature takes an in-depth look back at the heady mid-90s Britpop boom and we round up 40 essential 90s classics to add to your collection. Our features section is bulging at the seams, including interviews with Tame Impala about new album The Slow Rush, Nada Reid, Cornershop, Jeffrey Lewis, Jonathan Wilson and Lanterns On The Lake. There’s also a look at the MTV Unplugged series on vinyl, a history of legendary New York Label Sire, a guide to buying Brazilian vinyl and our Classic Album is Radiohead’s 1995 monster The Bends. If that’s not all enough, Long Live Vinyl brings you the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue and hi-fi gear reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Order your copy now, get your highlighter pen out and let the countdown to Record Store Day commence!

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