Despite what he maintains, A Passion Play was the most serious thing Anderson ever wrote. It was his grand attempt at "serious" literature as he attempted to put the idea, if not the text of Dante's Divine Comedy to rock music.
I listen to it every once in a while because there are some sweet musical and lyrical phrasing in it. But its not going to be around in 400 years, I suspect. Dante was wise to take Vergil with him on his pilgrimage through the next world. Anderson was accompanied by John Evan in a rabbit suit.
I will certainly concur that Anderson was not farting around when he composed A Passion Play. He may make claims that TAAB was alegedy a lark (but I am not sold on the idea, whatever revisionist comments Ian makes decades later), yet the same cannot be said of A Passion Play, since he trashed the entire Chateau D'Isaster session, opting for an entirely different take on the plot, and for the wealth of material that came from that time period (in particular, "Skating Away" which would have made a fine grand finale for the album).
No, the amount of literary, allegorical and historical references that suffuse A Passion Play: allusions to Dante, Chretien de Troyes, Chaucer, more biblical quotations than can be found at Sunday services, and even mentions of specific medieval mystery and morality plays, indicates heavy research - certainly more than anything in a rock album this side of Bob Dylan.
Will it be around in 400 years? Will the earth be around in 400 years?
Isn't it possible that TAAB is both a serious work AND a spoof concept? Look at Flying Circus, for instance. Python would often take serious ideas and present them by way of satirizing them. Often times the humor of Python was funny, because it was obvious that they were demonstrating one of societies ills through humor. Since Anderson often references the Pythons, isn't it possible that this is the point of TAAB?
TM: Yes, his guitars in that song are great.
Nov 18, 2015 15:38:25 GMT -5
TM: Going to see Martin this Saturday night.
Dec 14, 2015 13:18:35 GMT -5
Biggles: Sooo jealous! enjoy.
Dec 15, 2015 17:22:44 GMT -5
StanDup: hmm, I could still make the 2nd show on saturday. just kidding dammit.
Dec 19, 2015 0:33:17 GMT -5
TM: Oh man, what an incredible show! I have picks and videos to post.
Dec 21, 2015 15:57:10 GMT -5
StanDup: Right on, can't wait.
Dec 22, 2015 19:42:04 GMT -5
marco58: Just saw Martin and his hot band in Plymouth, MA last Friday night. My second live Tull experience, after Ian in November at Foxwoods in CT. Completely blown away, the man is legendary, can't wait for his 2016 dates!
Dec 22, 2015 20:21:12 GMT -5
TM: Know what you mean Marco - welcome to the board. Everyone in NY was blown away by him as well. It was best show I've seen in many years.
Dec 22, 2015 21:51:02 GMT -5
Biggles: I just read the Bill Kopp Asheville, NC review a few days ago and could tell you guys were in for something special. I love that marco58 referred to it as "My second live Tull experience" welcome to the board marco58!
Dec 22, 2015 23:49:09 GMT -5
StanDup: Martin dates added since the Arizona date was announced. For you lucky fans back east.
Jan 30, 2016 18:42:12 GMT -5
Biggles: Martin please book some dates in California!!!
Jan 30, 2016 21:06:24 GMT -5
bristoltull: Hi....may be of interest to UK-based fans. On the BBC quiz show "Mastermind", I'm on this Friday, in one of the semi-finals, and my specialised subject is.....Jethro Tull. BBC2, 19th February 2016, 8pm. I gave it my best shot. See how many you can answer!
Feb 14, 2016 16:07:46 GMT -5
TM: Very cool. Good luck!
Feb 16, 2016 15:54:45 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: Damn missed it as ive only just joined the forum
Mar 27, 2016 5:52:51 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: anywhere to see it again ? or maybe a list of the questions we can have a go at ?
Mar 27, 2016 5:53:15 GMT -5
teddy: Seems like everyone trying to figure out " Eat Hermione for lunch" just don't get it. A Popular vegetarian line of food is advertised by a woman named Hermione. You can see the advertisement on line. Thus it is not oral sex with a office girl. Munch.
Dec 16, 2016 20:39:34 GMT -5
lclark354: Hello everyone. I recently finished a room addition, and can finally set up surround sound. I've purchased all the Tull sets, except, of course,TAAB. Is there a site where one can purchase & download the 5.1 files? Or, any word on a re-issue?
Jan 17, 2017 1:15:01 GMT -5
Mystery To Me: Going to Red Rocks show with 2 friends. Anyone from the board going to this concert? Would like to meet anyone or everyone. Later
May 18, 2017 16:55:45 GMT -5
Nonfatman: My days of traveling long distances to see "Tull" are over. I just don't have the time anymore. Hope you enjoy it!
May 23, 2017 14:16:12 GMT -5
madjack1959: Hello to everyone from Lexington, Kentucky. Part of what led me here, was mention of Gentle Giant. I've listened to Tull for ages, and then was introduced to GG via Octopus I saw in the record store, and that was my start. I've never seen either "live" :
Jul 19, 2017 19:19:55 GMT -5