A Passion Play – Jethro Tull – 1973


A Passion Play - Jethro Tull
A Passion Play - Jethro Tull

A Passion Play is the sixth studio album by the British progressive rock band Jethro Tull, released in July 1973.

It is a concept album that tells the story of a man who dies and goes to the afterlife, where he is confronted by his past actions and his possible futures. The album is divided into two parts, each consisting of a single continuous track with multiple sections. The music is complex and varied, featuring elements of folk, jazz, classical, and hard rock. The lyrics are poetic and allegorical, exploring themes such as religion, morality, sexuality, and human nature.

The album was recorded in a single session at Château d’Hérouville in France, after the band scrapped their previous attempt at a follow-up to their highly successful album Thick as a Brick. The album was controversial among critics and fans, who either praised its ambition and originality or criticized its pretentiousness and lack of coherence.

The album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and number 13 on the UK Albums Chart, but sold less than its predecessor. The album was accompanied by a theatrical stage show that featured costumes, props, and projections. The band performed the album in its entirety on their 1973 tour, but never played it live again afterwards.

If you are a fan of Jethro Tull or progressive rock in general, then you need to own A Passion Play. It is a must-have for any music collection.

The personnel of the album A Passion Play by Jethro Tull, released in 1973, are:

  • Ian Anderson: flute, acoustic guitar, soprano saxophone, sopranino saxophone, vocals
  • Martin Barre: electric guitar, Spanish guitar
  • John Evan: piano, organ, synthesisers
  • Jeffrey Hammond: bass guitar, spoken word on The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles
  • Barriemore Barlow: drums, timpani, glockenspiel, marimba

Source: Wikipedia

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