Robert Fripp and Brian Eno paired up for this recording over a year prior to its release. At the time Eno had just departed Roxy Music and was on his way to a subsequent solo career, while Fripp had just sacked all of King Crimson. Recorded in Eno's front room, the album's centerpiece is "The Heavenly Music Corporation"; it's Fripp's guitar feed looped-back through two tape recorders. The result? You guessed it - heavenly music!
Jethro Tull headed off to Michel Magne's famous Chateau D'Herouville studio in France to record the follow-up to the prior year's Thick As A Brick. Unfortunately, the sessions were abandoned and the band returned to England without a record. (The sessions were eventually released on CD in 1993). Reconstituted in London, Tull started anew and recorded another album-length epic, this time centering on the altogether heavier topic of life and death! Although a concise edit (#8) was found for a single, A Passion Play is best taken as a whole.
Following the departure of Darryl Way and Francis Monkman, Sonja Kristina and Mike Wedgewood regrouped Curved Air, bringing in two young prodigies: guitarist Kirby Gregory and keyboardist Eddie Jobson, along with drummer Jim Russell, all made their debut on the 1973 album Air Cut. "Purple Speed Queen" kicks off the album driven on by Jobson's heavy organ and Gregory's up-in-the-mix guitar runs. "Elfin Boy" contrasts this completely; it's a gentle folk number with Kristina's voice to the fore.
While Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth were off in Majorca, the core of Tim Blake, Steve Hillage and Didier Malherbe, with newcomers Mike Howlett on bass and Pierre Moerlen on drums spent the spring touring France as Paragong. When the couple returned, this "classic" lineup completed their first UK tour in the summer, then returned to France to record the second installment of the Radio Gnome trilogy. In terms of musical composition, the album is one of the more democratic with all members participating, but the story is once again all Allen's.