Jethro Tull - Minstrel In The Gallery

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Minstrel in the Gallery is the eighth studio album by British progressive rock band Jethro Tull, originally released in September 1975 via Chrysalis Records. 

Formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967, Jethro Tull initially played blues rock and soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge their signature sound. The band was led by vocalist/flautist/guitarist Ian Anderson, and featured a revolving door of lineups through the years. The group first achieved commercial success with 1969's folk-tinged blues album Stand Up, reaching No. 1 on the UK charts, followed by the RIAA Gold Certified Album Benefit in 1970. Their musical style shifted in the direction of progressive rock with the albums Aqualung (1971), Thick as a Brick (1972) and A Passion Play (1973), and shifted again to hard rock mixed with folk rock with Songs from the Wood (1977) and Heavy Horses (1978). Selling more than 60 million albums worldwide, with 11 gold and five platinum albums among them, Jethro Tull have been described by Rolling Stone as "one of the most commercially successful and eccentric progressive rock bands".

 

Jethro Tull's production took a different direction for Minstrel in the Gallery, departing from 1974's War Child, the orchestration on the album was replaced by a string quartet conducted by David Palmer, and the band returned to the blend of electric and acoustic pieces, similar to their '70s albums such as Benefit (1970), Aqualung (1971) and Thick as a Brick (1972). For the first time since 1973's A Passion Play, they recorded a song of more than ten minutes, which occupies almost the whole of the second side of the record.

It would be the last album to feature bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, who was replaced by former Carmen bass player John Glascock.

The album' title refers to the use of a minstrel's gallery in the great hall of castles or manor houses. This analogy was used thematically in the opening spoken words of the title track, "Cold Wind to Valhalla" and "Baker St. Muse" and also in the songs lyrics, always in a first person manner. The albums musical style is varied, exemplary of Jethro Tull's best hard rock performances, with long instrumental passages, invested with elements of British folk and archaic, pre-Elizabethan sounds. The album was recorded and mixed in Europe by the Maison Rouge mobile studio. 

Minstrel in the Gallery received Gold Certification in both the United States and the UK. The album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard album chart, and at No. 20 in the UK Albums Chart.

Three singles were released from the album: "Minstrel in the Gallery", "Summerday Sands", and "Requiem".

This LP Record is 40th Anniversary LP Edition (May 2015) on 180 Gram Vinyl featuring the 2015 Steven Wilson Stereo Remix, with 24 Page Booklet, pressed in Europe.

(0825646157198)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Track

Time

A1

Minstrel In The Gallery

8:09

A2

Cold Wind To Valhalla

4:17

A3

Black Satin Dancer

6:51

A4

Requiem

3:41

B1

One White Duck / 0¹⁰ = Nothing At All

4:35

B2

Baker St. Muse:

(16:40)

  B2a

Pig-Me And The Whore

 

  B2b

Nice Little Tune

 

  B2c

Crash-Barrier Waltzer

 

  B2d

Mother England Reverie

 

B3

Grace

0:37

 

SKU 0825646157198
Record Label Chrysalis Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 0825646157198
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 05 May 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 05 September 1975
Barcode # 0825646157198
Shipping Weight 0.4550kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered Audio, Featuring the 2015 Steven Wilson Stereo Remix, 24 Page Booklet, Reissue, 40th Anniversary Edition
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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