Minstrel in the Gallery [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide
Minstrel in the Gallery was Tull's most artistically successful and elaborately produced album since Thick as a Brick and harkened back to that album with the inclusion of a 17-minute extended piece ("Baker Street Muse"). Although English folk elements abound, this is really a hard rock showcase on a par with -- and perhaps even more aggressive than -- anything on Aqualung. The title track is a superb showcase for the group, freely mixing folk melodies, lilting flute passages, and archaic, pre-Elizabethan feel, and the fiercest electric rock in the group's history -- parts of it do recall phrases from A Passion Play, but all of it is more successful than anything on War Child. Martin Barre's attack on the guitar is as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Minstrel in the Gallery was Tull's most artistically successful and elaborately produced album since Thick as a Brick and harkened back to that album with the inclusion of a 17-minute extended piece ("Baker Street Muse"). Although English folk elements abound, this is really a hard rock showcase on a par with -- and perhaps even more aggressive than -- anything on Aqualung. The title track is a superb showcase for the group, freely mixing folk melodies, lilting flute passages, and archaic, pre-Elizabethan feel, and the fiercest electric rock in the group's history -- parts of it do recall phrases from A Passion Play, but all of it is more successful than anything on War Child. Martin Barre's attack on the guitar is as ferocious as anything in the band's history, and John Evan's organ matches him amp for amp, while Barriemore Barlow and Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond hold things together in a furious performance. Anderson's flair for drama and melody come to the fore in "Cold Wind to Valhalla," and "Requiem" is the loveliest acoustic number in Tull's repertory, featuring nothing but Anderson's singing and acoustic guitar, Hammond-Hammond's bass, and a small string orchestra backing them. "Nothing at All" isn't far behind for sheer, unabashed beauty, but "Black Satin Dancer" is a little too cacophonous for its own good. "Baker Street Muse" recalls Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play, not only in its structure but a few passages; at slightly under 17 minutes, it's a tad more manageable than either of its conceptual predecessors, and it has all of their virtues, freely overlapping hard rock and folk material, classical arrangements (some of the most tasteful string playing on a Tull recording), surprising tempo shifts, and complex stream-of-consciousness lyrics (some of which clearly veer into self-parody) into a compelling whole. [The November 2002 remastering features vastly improved sound, remastered in state-of-the-art digital audio under the personal supervision of Ian Anderson. The original album tracks have more warmth and presence, which improve it immeasurably, but Anderson also added on five tracks: The haunting "Summerday Sands" and "March The Mad Scientist" (which almost sound like throwbacks to the group's early albums), the flute and orchestra instrumental "Pan Dance," and live-in-the-studio versions of "Minstrel In The Gallery" and "Cold Wind To Valhalla." All of it simply extends the original LP's range into wider realms of acoustic-textured beauty, and raises the value of the album by a notch above what it was].~ Bruce Eder
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724354157226
  • Catalog Number: 415726
  • Sales rank: 4,636

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jethro Tull Primary Artist
Ian Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Vocals
Martin Barre Electric Guitar
Barriemore Barlow Percussion, Drums
John Evan Organ, Piano
Patrick Halling Violin
Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond Bass Guitar, String Bass
David Palmer Conductor
Rita Eddowes Violin
Elizabeth Edwards Violin
Bridget Procter Violin
Katharine Thulborn Cello
Technical Credits
Ian Anderson Producer
Robin Black Engineer
J.E. Garnett Cover Art
David Palmer Orchestral Arrangements
Ron Kriss Cover Art
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