Ian Anderson reveals that the extended version of Jethro Tull’s 1973 A Passion Play will be released on 30th June and will feature a newly mixed version of the original album by Steven Wilson. The 2CD/2DVD package also includes an extra two verses recently uncovered for The Foot Of Our Stairs, along with Mr Wilson’s stereo mix of The Chateau d’Herouville Sessions…
Alongside Thick As A Brick, 1973′s A Passion Play is Jethro Tull’s most overtly Progressive and conceptual release, featuring a complex poetic narrative framed by the most adventurous music of the band’s career.
A #1 US hit on its release, the album offers dazzling virtuoso instrumental passages, evocative synthesiser sequences, and fuses Folk, Jazz and Rock influences in a strikingly unique, wholly Jethro Tull way.
A Passion Play (An Extended Performance) features new Steven Wilson mixes (stereo and 5.1) of the album, alongside Steven Wilson mixes of the infamous ‘Chateau Disaster’ recordings that preceded it.
Packaged with an 80 page book detailing the album, the band’s 1973 tour and the Chateau recordings, (An Extended Performance) is a glorious way to celebrate a one of a kind release.
CD 1 – A Passion Play (A new Steven Wilson stereo mix):
02. The Silver Cord
03. Re-Assuring Tune
04. Memory Bank
05. Best Friends
06. Critique Oblique
07. Forest Dance #1
08. The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles
09. Forest Dance #2
10. The Foot Of Our Stairs (+ 2 extra verses found on end of multi-track reel)
11. Overseer Overture.
12. Flight From Lucifer
13. 10.08 to Paddington
14. Magus Perde
CD 2 – The Chateau d’Herouville Sessions (A new Steven Wilson stereo mix):
01. The Big Top
04. Skating Away
06. No Rehearsal
07. Left Right
09. Critique Oblique (Part I)
10. Critique Oblique (Part II)
11. Animelee (1st Dance) [Instrumental] 12. Animelee (2nd Dance) [Instrumental] 13. Law Of The Bungle (Part I)
15. Law Of The Bungle (Part II)
DVD 1 (Audio & Video):
Contains A Passion Play mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo. A flat transfer from the original master at PCM 96/24 stereo and video clips of The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles an intro and outro film footage used in the Passion Play tour of 1973.
DVD 2 (Audio only):
Contains The Chateau d’Herouville Sessions mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo.
In the 80 page book:
An extensive article by Martin Webb on the preparation and recording of the album and the ‘Chateau disaster’ sessions that preceded it.
Steven Wilson’s thoughts on mixing the recordings.
Memories of the cover shoot and Hare filming by dancer Jane Eve (Colthorpe)
The Rev’d Godfrey Pilchard’s recollections.
1973 tour history.
Recollections of touring and PA systems by sound man Chris Amson.
Source: Jethro Tull website