A Passion Play
An Extended Performance
The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition
There is no question that 2014 will go down as a banner year for Jethro Tull fans. Aside from Ian Anderson’s continued forays into the solo realm with Homo Erraticus and Thick As A Brick 2, the real meat and potatoes are in the multi-disc sets of A Passion Play (1973) and WarChild (1974). Both sets feature two CDs and two DVDs in case-bound books, filled with photos and extensive liner notes. For fans of the Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evan, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond and Barrie Barlow lineup, arguably one of the more progressive eras in the band’s history, then brace yourself for a slew of extras and new Steve Wilson mixes that will stir your aural senses to new heights of euphoria.
A Passion Play - An Extended Performance includes the original album and the famed and abandoned Château d'Hérouville sessions, in stereo (on the CDs), and additional 5.1 DTS, AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo mixes on the DVDs. The first DVD also has video clips of “The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles,” plus intro and outro film used in the Passion Play tour of 1973. Not only is A Passion Play presented here in its most optimum state, as a progressive opus of its kind should be, but the sessions that preceded it at the 18th century Château d'Hérouville near Paris, France have finally seen the light. A flurry of technical problems, accommodations and illness blighted the recordings, forcing the band to retreat elsewhere and fast-track A Passion Play to completion. This is essentially a whole other album that slides through the canal with the greatest of ease.
~ Shawn Perry