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A Passion Play Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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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. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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  • Audio CD (14 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00008G9JM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. A Passion Play (Part 1) (2003 - Remaster)21:36Album Only
  2. A Passion Play (Part 2) (2003 Digital Remaster)23:32Album Only

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ENHANCED CD-EAN 724358156904

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Byrne on 5 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved A Passion Play, so I'll just have to let it quietly pass that Ian Anderson himself thinks I should only be permitted day release from a mental institution.

The remastered stereo and 5.1 mixes here of both A Passion Play itself and the Château d'Hérouville sessions are quite simply glorious. APP is loud, crystal clear, sparkling, and full of depth and colour, not to mention two great new verses in 'The Foot of Our Stairs'. Ian Anderson suggests in the notes to this handsome package that on reflection APP was maybe all a bit one dimensional. That's a baffling observation. If anything, APP is the most complex and musically colourful of all Jethro Tull albums. Thick as a Brick is arguably more one dimensional by comparison -- and I love TAAB.

The CdH sessions, while much rawer but also with much greater depth of sound and no overdubs as per previous releases, reveal more fully than ever before the great album that might have been.

In retrospect, it makes sense, to me at least, to see 1973 as a year in which Jethro Tull suffered a lot of bad luck: the living conditions at the Château were awful, not the recordings; the subsequent abandoning of those recordings and the hurried recording of APP leading to the live performance of a complex, demanding piece before its release without, crucially, time for fans and critics alike to adjust and absorb. The bad reviews and the rest followed, as most of you know.

Ultimately, that was a great shame, because, taken together, APP and CdH speak to me of a band at its most daring, brave, experimental, risk-taking best. Ideas were just flowing in Tull at this time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jumping Jesus on 1 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
I can't remember being so keen on a forthcoming Jethro Tull release in all my days. APP has always been one of my fave Tull albums, being from the period when I consider the band were at the peak of their powers. I never understood why the album was often praised but with reservations. I never found it a difficult listen nor one that took time to get to grips with.
Steven Wilson has done an unbelievable job with these remixes thus far. The music has in my opinion been taken further than Mobile Fidelity ever did with this stuff. There is real clarity and separation in the mix and this enables the listener to experience this fantastic music with fresh ears.
I have looked forward to this release as much for the Chateau D'Herouville sessions as the main attraction, as I probably listen to this stuff as frequently as I do A Passion Play. There are some real gems amongst Chateau D'Herouville which I will never understand being buried for as long as they did. If anybody reading this review has not heard this stuff then I urge you to buy this release if only for this stuff, some of which is Tull at their best.
It's so nice to finally have a crystal clear version of Sailor, as many of us have been hearing a rather poor quality grab of this tune for some time. A great song which has finally been fully unearthed and dusted down with Mr Wilson's magic touch.
Steven Wilson opted to omit the 1993 flute overdubs from the D'Herouville material and in areas this is to the benefit of the music. It certainly allows one to listen to the 'authentic' sessions. However there are moments where I half wish he would have retained Ian Anderson's 1993 input, where I think it enhances the music. Critique Oblique is an example. It is a minor gripe though.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Williams on 5 Feb. 2010
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Almost 20 years have passed since I last listened to this. When it was first released my flatmate and I listened to it obsessively to the point that it enetered our consciousness. I had truly forgotten about its titanic presence in the pantheon of rock, and as a previous reviewer suggests, it is a piece of genius up there with Handel's Messiah, etc. which will come to have its rightful place in time.
Well, thanks to finally embracing MP3 technology in my mid fifties, 'Passion Play' is back in my head and I can't shake it out - nor do I want to! I've just come back from a bike ride and wasn't connecting with the landscape. Those haunting lyrics; 'All along the icy wastes, their faces smiling in the gloom; roll up, roll down feeling unwound, step into the viewing room!'really are quite disturbing. Of course, all the words of 'the Hare' come flooding back and put a smile on my face - a wonderful interlude, but for me one truly magic moment is the symphonic burst at the end of the 'Hare' which takes us back to that ominous pulse and swirling layers of flute which carries us onward.

This is the best of Tull - the weave of opera, obtuse yet such poetic lyrics, the undercurrent of mocking menace, the signature flute and the craftsmanship of the band. As with Schubert or Van Gogh, its day will surely come
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Snow on 25 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Bombastic? Yep

Indulgent? - Yep

Just one long song? - Yep (split by the silly Hare tale)

A concept album by any chance? - Yep

Slaughtered by the music press on release? - Yep

No wonder I love A Passion play (APP) so much. It is between this album and Thick as a brick(TAAB) as to my favourite Tull album. Such an intricate piece of music. The tale is a fascinating one about someone watching their life being replayed "step into the viewing room". There are so many excellent sections, particularly on side two - "We sleep by the ever-bright door", "Summoned by name" and "Magus Perde" sections. The whole piece blends really well together. Lots of superb music, lots of variation in tempo.

Another observation I'd make is that APP, like some of the classic albums of the 70's, (Close to the edge, Selling England by the pound, Pawn hearts, Moon madness & Ommadawn etc) sound as fresh to my ears today as they did when I first bought them. The price of this cd and others by this great band seem almost too cheap considering the amount of repeated pleasure they will bring most listeners. Tull went on to produce some fine albums after APP, Minstrel in the gallery, Songs from the woods and the underrated Stormwatch to name a few.

But this and TAAB represent, IMHO, Tull at their peak. I can't separate the two of them in a head-to-head fight because I prefer side one of TAAB and Side two of APP. Whatever, APP is one hell of an achievement.
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