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Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick
  • It's er, part of a total concept, man.
  • We spent more time on the sleeve than on the music
  • Actually, you've bought a newspaper with a free LP inside.

    Combom said...

    thick as a brick is one of my fav albums, the sleeve is well worth reading!

    its a shame you dont actually tell us what lp sleeves really mean, many 70s ones are just surreal, with no meaning!

    one billion daleks said...

    I agree Combom, Thick As A Brick is a good album, though my personal favourite by Jethro Tull has always been Benefit (even though it didn't include a free crossword! ;)

    You're right though, some LP sleeves just don't have any meaning, though I think even that says something in itself about an LP sometimes!

    And the interpretation of some of the sleeves listed here is factual (the cover of Sgt Pepper for example, did originally include a cutout of Jesus Christ) ... others - like Atom Heart Mother - are entirely tongue-in-cheek (as you correctly picked up!)

    Often though, it's near impossible to establish what the original intent (if any) was behind a sleeve - still, it's fun to speculate!

    And as mentioned in the sidebar, genuine sublimated meanings are often present, that even the artist didn't realise - that's the nature of subliminal messages of course :)

    All The Best!