Jethro Tull – A Passion Play Japan white label promo LP with obi and poster


A Japanese white label promotional copy of A Passion Play by Jethro Tull, including the original obi and poster.

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Offered for sale is a rare fully complete Japanese white label promotional copy of A Passion Play by Jethro Tull, including the original obi and poster.

About this copy: This copy of A Passion Play is a 1977 Japanese white label promo copy of an album that was originally released in 1973.

This copy includes the obi, two inserts, booklet, and the nearly-always-missing poster.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the edges and corners.  The obi and inserts are M-.

The booklet is VG++, with faint cover wear.  The poster is VG++, with no holes, but a bit of wear at the folds.

The white label promotional disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a rare Jethro Tull LP that’s almost never found complete.

Background: Released in 1973, A Passion Play was the sixth studio album by Jethro Tull.  Despite mixed reviews, the album reached #1 on the U.S. charts and #3 on the UK charts, despite not having any singles from the album to promote it. 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. Ian Anderson utilizes reams of biblical (and biblical-sounding) references, interwoven with modern language, as a sort of a rock equivalent to T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. As with most progressive rock, the words seem important and profound, but their meaning is anyone’s guess…. 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.

We disagree; this is our favorite Jethro Tull LP.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Chrysalis
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in