A Passion Play
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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).Read more ›
"The Chateau D'Isaster Tapes," for those of you unfamiliar with them, consist of tracks that Jethro Tull laid down after the release of "Thick as a Brick" in 1972, intended to be for the next album. The accompanying booklet goes into great detail about the recording of these tracks and subsequent abandonment. In short, Tull scrapped the recordings, went back into the studio, and created "A Passion Play" instead. There are motifs and bits from the Chateau recordings that made their way into "PP," as well as two tracks that made it onto "WarChild." When I heard the Chateau tapes on the "Nightcap" album, I was impressed and really liked comparing the genesis of "PP" with the final product. Now, with Wilson's remix, they sound better than ever. The tracks are re-sequenced, and, with the added 10 minutes we've never heard before, it really comes off as a complete, somewhat "new" Jethro Tull album from their most proggy period (1972-1973)!Read more ›
A classic. Five stars.
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Since its initial release in the 1970s, A Passion Play has been loved or loathed. I love it. This particular 7. Read morePublished 1 month ago by curtcass
The DVD has zero video footage.
I thought I was getting a nice collection of JT remasters and some concert footage.
DEFINITELY FEEL RIPPED OFF....... Read more
I think they have done a very good job here. very good 5.1 mix, great packaging and it's a great album. to buy this i would guess you already know the album. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ...
This is a review of the deluxe Steven Wilson Remasters.
Abominations. It turns out that these Steven Wilson remix/remasters are abominations. Read more
A Passion Play is undoubtedly a master piece in the truest sense given its originality, ground breaking musical ideas, sense of humor, driving rock beat in many sections, and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by William A. Thomas, Jr.
Outstanding package, remastering, multi-channel mixes and bonus material.
An absolute must for all Tull fanatics!