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New Music Releases – April 2012

The April 2012 New Music Releases schedule features what’s sure to be one of the more curiously titled releases of the year:’Thick as a Brick 2,’ by Jethro Tull‘s Ian Anderson.

A follow-up to the 40-year-old No. 1 seller, ‘Brick’ runs away with the prize for the longest gestation period between an original album and its sequel, but more interesting is the wording of the artist name.

It’s not Jethro Tull, and it’s not Ian Anderson. It’s Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. There is a reason for this, of course, and thankfully, it has nothing to do with lawyers and infighting, but rather audiences.

“The audiences that I attract as Ian Anderson have come to listen to the music and have the sensitivity to keep quiet at the appropriate moments,” Anderson told us in January. How utterly sensible.

April will also see the release of Dr. John’s Dan Auerbach-produced album ‘Locked Down,’ Bonnie Raitt’s first album in seven years, and ‘All the Years Combine,’ a massive Grateful Dead DVD box set featuring live performances from 1977 to 1991, a couple of which are making their DVD debut.

You can get all the April 2012 new music release dates below, and in many cases, learn more about the projects by clicking on their titles. For a constantly updated list of new music, films and books headed your way from classic rock artists throughout the year, see our 2012 New Music Releases article.

New Music Releases – April 2012

April 3
Dr. John, ‘Locked Down’
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, ‘Thick As a Brick 2
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, ‘The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!’ (DVD)
Greg Kihn Band, ‘Best of Beserkley ’75-’84’

April 10
Fleetwood Mac, ‘Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album’ (Book)
Bonnie Raitt, ‘Slipstream’
Joe Satriani, ‘Satchurated: Live in Montreal’ (DVD)

April 17
Blue Oyster Cult, ‘The Essential Blue Oyster Cult’
Grateful Dead, ‘All the Years Combine: The DVD Collection’
Janis Joplin, ‘The Pearl Sessions’

April 24
Deep Purple, ‘Total Abandon: Australia ’99

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