Oh, don't be so hard on this release. It's a bunch of teenagers trying to sound like The Moody Blues, and they do a good job. I wish I'd heard this when it first came out. I would have been a big fan. Out of order, it doesn't sound like much though. Obviously, as they come into their own, their sound becomes "Genesis" and they become the great band that this album only slightly hints at.
Perhaps I was a bit harsh about that first album.
The Band themselves actually came to the conclusion that it wouldn't be so missed , when they tried to wrest it away from Jonathan King ,in order that Nick Davis could complete a new 5.1 mix. They wanted all of their output to receive the same treatment in surround , but it was not to be.
Mr. King holds the rights to those masters as is , fwiw. So it's not like they didn't try.
Now should someday they manage to obtain those masters and complete a surround mix. You can get bet your bottom dollar I will buy it.
I find that recording more like chamber rock , not too much pop , but elements of pop and that would be their producer's influence at that time, again Jonathan King. Thank goodness they found a better producer for Trespass and beyond.
Now on to Tull.
I suppose Broadsword will be delayed ,but for many of the Tull fans ,me included ,we will get Thick As A Brick as a reissue ,soon. I already have my original, but just might buy a 2nd copy as that album is probably one of my faves from early Jethro Tull.