"A Passion Play" is the sixth studio album by Jethro Tull, released in 1973. Like its predecessor, Thick as a Brick (1972), it is a concept album with the theme being the journey of one man in the afterlife. On release it had chart success around the world hitting no. 1 in the US & no. 13 in the UK.
A Passion Play is Jethro Tulls most overtly Progressive and conceptual release, featuring a complex poetic narrative framed by the most adventurous music of the bands career. The album offers dazzling virtuoso instrumental passages, evocative synthesizer sequences, and fuses Folk, Jazz and Rock influences in a strikingly unique, wholly Jethro Tull way.
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. The breakthrough came when they were offered the Thursday night residency at London's famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street, Soho.
On this beautiful expanded case-bound book edition, there is the original album and earlier Chateau d'Herouville Sessions mixed to 5.1 surround sound and stereo by Steven Wilson.
"...a dazzling mix of old English folk and classical material, reshaped in electric rock terms. The band is at its peak form, sustaining the tension and anticipation of this album-length piece across 45 minutes..." -Bruce Eder, allmusic.com
80-page book detailing the album, the band's 1973 tour and the Chateau recordings
New Steven Wilson mixes (stereo and 5.1), alongside Steven Wilson mixes of the infamous "Chateau Disaster" recordings that preceded the album
24/96 flat transfer of the original master
DVDs NTSC: Aspect Ratio 16:9 & 4:3
Region 0 (All Regions)
CD 1 - A Passion Play (New Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
2. The Silver Cord
3. Re-Assuring Tune
4. Memory Bank
5. Best Friends
6. Critique Oblique
7. Forest Dance #1
8. The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles
9. Forest Dance #2
10. The Foot Of Our Stairs
11. Overseer Overture
12. Flight From Lucifer
13. 10:08 To Paddington
14. Magus Perde
CD 2 - The Chateau dHerouville Sessions (New Steven Wilson Stereo Mix)
1. The Big Top
4. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
6. No Rehearsal
7. Left Right
8. Only Solitaire
9. Critique Oblique (Part I)
10. Critique Oblique (Part II)
11. Animelee (1st Dance)
12. Animelee (2nd Dance)
13. Law Of The Bungle (Part I)
14. Tiger Toon
15. Law Of The Bungle (Part II)
DVD 1 (Audio & Video)
Contains A Passion Play mixed to DTS 96/24 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital AC3 5.1 Surround and 96/24 Stereo PCM. A flat transfer from the original master at 96/24 PCM and video clips of 'The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles' and 'intro' and 'outro' film footage used in the PP tour of 1973.
DVD 2 (Audio)
Contains The Chateau dHerouville Sessions mixed to DTS 96/24 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital AC3 5.1 Surround and 96/24 Stereo PCM.