Archive | Feb 01, 2017

Certain Songs #777: Jethro Tull – “Thick as a Brick (Part 1)”

Album: Thick as a Brick
Year: 1972

It was repealed in the early 80s, so it’s lost to history, but in 1970, the U.K. Parliament passed what was colloquially known as the Prog Long Song Act.

Said Act stated that, in order to qualify for the Official U.K. Progressive Rock Artiste Registry, a “Progressive-English” artist had to release an album containing one song that either took up a whole side of an album, or was separated into “parts” or “movements” or “impressions” that when totaled together, were longer than 20 minutes.