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A PASSION PLAY

Jethro Tull

 

Prog Folk

4.01 | 995 ratings

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GruvanDahlman
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5 stars (The edition I'm reviewing is the one where track two starts off with the story about the hare who lost his spectacles. I've heard weird editions where this is not the case.)

Personally, I love all six of Tull's first albums. From "This was" through to "A passion play". These are truly magnificent albums but for me it has to be "A passion play" that really hits the spot. I know it's quite a debatable album. I heard the expression Marmite- album, meaning you either love it or hate it. I hate Marmite but love "A Passion play".

When I came across it back in the late 80's at a sale, I only knew the band by name. Thinking it was a hardrock band I bought itand to my amazement it was something completely different, yet not totally. Two long tracks, circa 20 minutes each, flowed through my ears, body and mind telling me I was in the presence of greatness.

Both tracks are flowing to the brim with imaginative music, ranging from folk to hardrock and encased in brilliant prog. The ability to make tracks of that length feel so natural and ever intriguing is hard, so this has to be the work of genius. Some might think that that story of the hare is boring, being recited in a typical, over the top, quirky british way but I have always found it to be an integral part of the whole experience. For me this is Tull more than ever. Amazing stuff thorugh out!

GruvanDahlman | 5/5 |

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