“Thick As A Brick” is this monumental single piece that was split in two for the vinyl era. It’s over 43 minutes and it’s a journey. It went to #1 in the U.S. and #5 in the U.K. That was 1972. It’s Jethro Tull’s longest song but when I talked to Ian Anderson I thought of asking about their shortest studio track that was released almost 3 years later. “Minstrel in the Gallery” contains one of the groups most beautiful songs. It clocks in at 37 seconds. “Grace” even though it’s so short it remains, after all these years one of my favorite Jethro Tull songs. I asked Ian Anderson about the tune. (Clip 008)
We will have more from our interview with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull next Tuesday. The band is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a world-wide tour. There will also be North America dates starting in May and winding down in September. Go to JethroTull.com – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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