Jethro Tull – A Passion Play 1973 promo-only Edited Version LP


A promo-only version of A Passion Play by Jethro Tull, banded and edited for airplay.

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Offered for sale is a rare promo-only version of A Passion Play by Jethro Tull, formatted and edited for radio station use.

About this copy: This copy of A Passion Play is a special edition created for U.S. radio when the album was first released in 1973.  The cover is VG+, with slight ring wear.

The white label promotional disc is M- and looks unplayed.   A nice copy of a terrific LP and a particularly difficult one to find in nice condition.

Background: Like Thick as a Brick before it, A Passion Play was a continuous work, and not a selection of songs.  That didn’t matter for home listeners, but for radio play, it helped to have something resembling “songs” that could be played on the radio in 3-5 minute segments.

For this reason, a special promo-only version of the album was created, with each side of the album divided into 5 segments, any of which could be played on the radio as a song.

The segments are untitled; they’re simply labeled, “A Passion Play, (Edit #1)” and so on.

The LP was issued with a simple black and white cover with the title Edited Version for D.J. Use Only, and the listing of the titles and running times.

A Passion Play was Jethro Tull’s sixth studio album, and it reached #1 on the U.S. album charts. gave A Passion Play a 3 star review:

Jethro Tull’s second album-length composition, A Passion Play is very different from — and not quite as successful as — Thick as a Brick. … the music puts it over successfully, a dazzling mix of old English folk and classical material, reshaped in electric rock terms. The band is at its peak form, sustaining the tension and anticipation of this album-length piece across 45 minutes, although the music runs out of inspiration about five minutes before it actually ends.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Chrysalis
Catalog Number:
CHR 1040
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in