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Jethro Tull


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5 stars Review #13 Jethro Tull's 1973 album "A Passion Play"

I suppose the only problem with "A Passion Play" is that Anderson went with the same "One Song/Piece" as it's predecessor "Thick As A Brick". It was revealed many years later, he needn't have kept the "One Song" formula as he did in fact have song titles for each individual fused song/instrumental within "A Passion Play" as was revealed in the Mobile Fidelity 24 kt Gold CD 2000s release that lists all the song titles.

"A Passion Play" is Tull's most progressive rock album. It is definitely *the* most progressive rock album, that has ever made it to No. 1 in the US. And unlike Thick As A Brick it is serious, very serious, gloomy stuff (apart from the "intermission" narrative "The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles").

I do however believe it is a masterpiece. It took me a very, very long time to come to this conclusion. But after a dozen or so plays; it got me. Oh it is sooooooooo good.

Anderson and Co had 2 tries at making "A Passion Play"; one at the aborted recording sessions in France in 1972 and finally the finished product back in England in 1973. I suppose they got it right from all those previous sessions in France.

The sax is very prominent and really this album and Warchild is the only time Anderson dabbles in this instrument.

Please take some time and listen as many times as you can to "A Passion Play". It will eventually win you over.

BarryGlibb | 5/5 |


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