January 21, 2011 – 3:53 am

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Oakland 1973 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Oakland Coliseum; July 23, 1973. Master reel-to-reel. Very good audience recording.

This complete show features the full Passion Play and a big “thank you” to Doinker for sharing the tracks back in 2006. The album was released in the UK on July 6, 1973 and in the US on July 23, 1973. This is what Doinker noted:

Jethro Tull’s episodic career has had many swings since “This Was” premiered so many years ago. Like all great artists, the perception of his work has differed from when it was produced to the current day. “Thick As A Brick” received mixed reviews when it first premiered, but has endured to this day as my personal favorite album.

You would have to say that Tull’s impression as to what a concept album is differed greatly from what was acceptable then, to what is acceptable now. Ian Anderson and company were very far ahead of their time, both in production value and their understanding of British theatre.

I absolutely hated “The Passion Play” when it came out. It was unfriendly to listen to, morose, and did not stand up to repeated playing. The uproar over it at the time was so intense that (my memory fades here, please correct me if I don’t have it right) I remember Ian absolutely screaming at the press and threatening not to work again!

Yes, parts of it *are* morose, particularly the beginning, but “Thick As A Brick” had some morose bits in it also. Not as many, though. And yes, it’s a much darker album overall. But, it is brilliant and more cohesive overall.

But, now it’s 2006. My Spiro Agnew watch doesn’t work anymore, and my 1964 World’s Fair metal flip calendar is starting to look like an antique. And when I look in the mirror… let’s not talk about that!

So, I think it’s time for “The Passion Play” to be revisited. Not on the LP where it came out, but on this great live show. It’s an 800lb gorilla by the way, this show is. You get sucked into it regardless, awestruck, unable to move. For two hours and twelve minutes all you can do, to paraphrase Frank Zappa, is to lie there listlessly, with your tongue hanging from side to side.

This show progresses from *SEE-REE-US* to absurd theatre, to rock and roll. I don’t think Tull performs this way anymore.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Part A
Track 01. The Passion Play (90.2MB)
Track 02. Thick As A Brick (middle section) (27.1MB)
Track 03. Cross-Eyed Mary (7.0MB)
Track 04. No Rehearsal (segment) (3.4MB)
Track 05. Drum Solo (12.8MB)
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Track 06. Instrumental (8.3MB)
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Track 07. Maternity Ward (2.2MB)

Part B
Track 08. Aqualung (12.6MB)
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Track 09. Applause and Crowd Noise (4.0MB)
Track 10. Band Intros (2.2MB)
Track 11. Wind Up (19.7MB)
Track 12. Locomotive Breath (11.5MB)
Track 13. Wind Up Reprise (9.7MB)
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Although the lineup was not listed, this is probably the lineup:
Ian Anderson - vocals, flute, guitar
Martin Barre - guitar
Jeffry Hammond - bass
John Evan - keyboards, organ
Barriemore Barlow - drums

Artwork is provided above for those who want it. However, the track list is off. Readers who want to burn out the tracks might want to put Track 1 and 2 onto Disc 1; the rest can go onto Disc 2.

* The Passion Play was originally shared as one long track. For those who require a breakdown (with estimate time):

Lifebeats 8:57
Prelude 2:25
The Silver Cord 4:24
Re-Assuring Tune 1:14
Memory Bank 4:32
Best Friends 4:35
Critique Oblique 5:15
Forest Dance #1 1:15
The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles 4:15
Forest Dance #2 1:43
The Foot of Our Stairs 4:50
Overseer Overture 3:26
Flight from Lucifer 3:52
10:08 from Paddington 1:06
Magus Perde 3:58
Epilogue 1:41

Click on the link to order Jethro Tull’s Passion Play album.

  1. 13 Responses to “JETHRO TULL - OAKLAND 1973”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i was thinking of tull today. will get. it’s been awhile on tull. the pile of bricks show from shinjuku you offered last year in april is killer. i play it walking.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 21, 2011

  3. What??? NO New day yesterday?????!:(:(

    By sexadelic on Jan 21, 2011

  4. Passion Play was always one of my favorite Tull albums - probably, IMHO, the last great one. Loved it in ‘73, and love it today. Good eyesight, insight and foresight indeed.

    By rick on Jan 21, 2011

  5. I saw pretty much this same show at The Providence Civic Center in 1973. After leading off with Passion Play, and close to an hour into the concert, Ian Anderson announced “Now for our second number..” and started into Thick As A Brick. An avid concert goer in the day, it was my favorite for a long, long time.

    By theFantome on Jan 21, 2011

  6. Thanks for the Tull concert post! I saw them the year after this, on the “War Child” tour.

    Note: the bass player. Jeffrey Hammond, used the stage name Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond at this point in his career. This was because his mother’s maiden name was Hammond.

    By bjimba on Jan 21, 2011

  7. Where the hell was Biggles?

    By Scott Brookman on Jan 23, 2011

  8. Always love Tull- saw many concerts, most recently two years ago.

    Scott- Biggles was in the local pub, hoisting a pint with Algy and Ginger….

    By Namoosedog on Jan 23, 2011

  9. Thank you BIG O!

    Greetings from the Pacific Northwest!!!

    This recording, along with the Tokyo Brick, qualifies as the Holy Grail for Tull Fans!


    By Kevin Armstrong on Jan 23, 2011

  10. Very good one. Jethro Tull in its most powerful days.

    By Marcus on Jan 30, 2011

  11. July 23rd 1973 - Oakland, CA, The Coliseum - Cool, this was the first concert I ever saw, and it was a great one.

    The funny thing I remember was that before the concert started, there was a space on the wooden floor that was cleared of people, and a gorgeous woman went slowly walking across it - and all of a sudden everyone broke out cheering her!

    I don’t recall the first act, but the second act was Steeleye Span, who were great. Then Tull came on and it was truly amazing … a lot of fun.

    By Bruce on Apr 8, 2014

  12. Any chance of being able to get this back?

    By Daniel on Feb 7, 2015

  13. … a response would have been be nice.

    By Daniel on Feb 19, 2015

  14. Hello Daniel

    Kindly refresh the page and try again.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 19, 2015

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