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My joint favourite Tull Album,
This review is from: A Passion Play (Audio CD)
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.