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A Passion Play

Jethro TullAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00008G9JM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Following quickly on the heels of their career-defining Aqualung and Thick as a Brick, Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull demonstrated that their musical and thematic ambitions were as muscular as ever on 1973's Passion Play. But if Thick was a bit tongue in cheek about its conceptual conceits, Passion was a dizzying example of the prog-rock era's overweening musical aspirations at their zenith. Anderson now sums up it its obtuse, theater-as-metaphor libretto as "the theme of post-death meanderings in another world," but the sheer propulsive tension of Tull's sprawling musical interplay insures its folk-rooted baroque and roll a tight orbit around this mortal coil for nearly the album's entirety. This digitally remastered, enhanced CD edition features the complete video for the album's Lewis Carroll-esque interlude "The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles," a theatrical program and typically self-effacing new introduction by Ian Anderson. --Jerry McCulley

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Their #1 smash LP from '73, an amazingly ambitious album, dense with fantasy imagery and religious references. This reissue is an enhanced CD featuring video of The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles taken from the 25 Years of Jethro Tull VHS release!

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Well let me start by saying that if you're sick of the music that's popular, uninspired, predictable, overplayed, and safely within the skill level of any old musician, then A Passion Play is your cure! It is the opposite of all these things. On the other hand, if you are perfectly happy just hearing "Honky Tonk Women" 5 times a day on the radio then stay AWAY from A Passion Play.
As a continuation of their parody of concept albums, Ian A. and Co. created this piece with the obvious intent of challenging themselves and their listeners to the utmost extent. It is brilliant and ridiculous, triumphant and melancholy, satisfying and disappointing. The music will lead up to what you hope will be a thrilling climax, and then completely die. It is easily one of the most densely inaccessible albums ever recorded. However, it is also ingenious. Another reviewer was right in saying that basically all the other rock & roll innovators combined could never have concocted such a ludicrously awesome creative masterpiece as this. The playing here is completely off the hook; the best you'll ever hear on a rock album, especially considering the extreme difficulty of the music. The lineup of Anderson, Barre, Hammond, Evans, and Barlow was, in my opinion, the best in Tull history. Ian's singing is so rich and full that his vocals on earlier albums just seem thin and tinny in comparison. The saxes and tastefully utilized synths are a nice addition, giving it a very distinctly different flavor from Thick as a Brick. In fact, I would say that the segment subtitled "The Overseer Overture" contains one of the saxophone's defining moments in rock music (not to mention that's the best part of the album too).
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Familiarity breeds contempt. November 22, 2005
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While so many of the rock bands of the seventies were "just a little touch of make up, just a little touch of bull, just a three chord trick embedded in your platform soul" (as Ian Anderson put it on "Crazed Institution") Tull were doing things that were in another space and time. And while not everything worked, they were never dull. A Passion Play has stood the test of time. Like a great piece of art, you can return to it endless times and discover something new. It is all at once pathetically shallow and profoundly deep, toe tappingly musical and irritatingly dischordant, it threatens to soar into brilliance, only to dwindle into nothingness, it is beautiful and clumsy, elegant and gawkish. It is music with a sense of humour. Like the comedy masters of the time who would never advertise a punch line, Tull keep you guessing. You never get what you expect. After all, familiarity breeds contempt.

A classic. Five stars.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame ? Nahhhhhhhh November 18, 2005
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Actually 4 1/2 stars . A Passion Play is a bit more melodic than Thick As A Brick .There is less of Martin Barres guitar and more of John Evans synth . The themes of the album are quite similar to Thick ' ... one wonders if Gerald Bostock had a hand in penning the lyrics , although The Hare Who Lost His Spec-a-ticles would suggest otherwise . I've heard a lot of people mentioning the fact that Jethro Tull should be in The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame . Its albums like Passion Play that will probably keep them out . All of rocks royalty from the Stones to the Clash To Zepp to Aerosmith couldnt , in their wildest dreams come up with something as imaginative as Passion Play . And while these and future hall of famers like Nirvana and Metallica are at the podium having thier butts kissed by the industry and thier peers ...I'll be sittin at home grinning over the fact that Tull is not a part of this nonsense .
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My 2 Favorite Albums of All Time March 24, 2009
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Lucas Biddle, above, said it all.

People either love or hate this album. I'm in my mid-30s, so I grew up in the 80s, when the only music with any real depth that was accessible on the radio was heavy metal like Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath/Dio. But this makes that stuff look like children's music.

Anyway, I have some friends in their mid-20s who think they have depth when it comes to music. They aren't far wrong- Coheed and Cambria and the other kinds of stuff they listen to isn't bad at all, and some of it has some real depth, but sorry, nothing compares to JT at the height of their musical powers- except perhaps ELP (the dove, bss, tarkus) or KC (red, larks, Islands or court of) of course. Anyway, I played Aqualung for them, and they said "that stinks, Courtney".
Why is it that when people actually HATE something, it's almost *almways* because they don't understand it. This album has taken a lot of flak. Now, I think anyone who's reading this review will agree that my 20-year old friends said that about Aqualung for one reason only: They couldn't get their minds around it- ie, they don't understand Aqualung, it didn't fit with the little model in their minds of what rock music "should" sound like.
So it is with APP. There are Jethro Tull fans who will slam this album the same way my ignorant friends slammed Aqualung, and with even greater passion in their revulsion. Why is that? It doesnt fit with thier little pre-concieved model of what Jethro Tull "Should" sound like. It breaks the barriers, shatters myths and preconceptions.

If you will look up the history of all of the greatest works of art that were considered ground-breaking, without variance they all have one thing in common: they were despised by their contemporaries, with a passion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tull's Rich Pageant
Starting in 1971, Tull released three seminal albums back-to-back. They were as different as night and day, and the culmination of the sequence - 'A Passion Play' - was in many... Read more
Published 7 days ago by D. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars A Passion Play By Jethro Tull
A Passion Play is Jethro Tull's (Ian Anderson's) introduction to psychedelic music although Mr. Anderson has claimed that he never tried mind altering substances! Yesss Riiight! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Agha Shahrokh
5.0 out of 5 stars Tulls other #1 album
Though Ian always berates this one. Us hard core Tull fans put it on a pedestal! It starts off slow, but if you give it a a chance it builds as the albums goes along. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ARD13
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw this live
It was one of the best Tull concerts I've ever seen. And each time I listen to this disc, I'm right back there. Is that a... phone...ringing...???
Published 11 months ago by Keith M. Hamm
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Cleaner Recording
Still the original soundtrack but cleaned up a bit. Not that you would really notice unless you had the old recording on vinyl or tape or CD to compare to.
Published 12 months ago by Razzz
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful musical trip
Face it, you're probably of an age to recognize this band & the impact they had. When your parents criticized you for loudly playing Blue Cheer, you would pull out these guys &... Read more
Published 12 months ago by John O.
1.0 out of 5 stars So Bad!!!
I have no idea what happened to Jethro Tull (and Ian Anderson) in the 70s. Whatever it was, it must have been a really traumatic experience because everything up through "Thick As... Read more
Published 12 months ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Tull masterpiece...daring and cool...
What is next from these guys after TAAB? APP. Wow, and they even topped TAAB in my book. Ian Anderson has quoted that this crazy piece of work is one of his faves in the JT... Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Bas
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite!
For me, this is one of Jethro Tull's best. This is a digital replacement for a worn-out CD AND LP.
Published 16 months ago by Swordfish
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible piece of music.
A Passion Play is quite possibly the most under-appreciated work by Jethro Tull. I will grant you that in the beginning it is difficult to get into but if you give it a chance, as... Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Randy E. Shetterly
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