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The hit title track; Cold Wind to Valhalla; Black Satin Dancer; Grace ; the bonus track Pan Dance ; two live BBC sessions, and more! 1975 release.

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  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00006JKOL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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Just listen and love it.
Lonnie E. Holder
This is a perfect Tull album because it combines all of musical styles and influences and they mesh together beautifully.
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If you're a Tull fan, it's well worth picking up even if you already have the old one.
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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on January 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I said in my 7 January review (below) that I planned to buy the remastered version of this release even though I already had the older CD version. Well, I bought it, and I'm just submitting this follow-up review to say that I'm very, very glad I did.

It's not just for the extra tracks, although those are nice. The two live tracks are no big deal; they're just the introductory acoustic portions of the two songs. Of the three studio tracks, two have been previously released and are of course good to have; "Pan Dance," previously unreleased [or is it? see comments], is an instrumental featuring Ian Anderson's flute and a fine orchestral arrangement by David Palmer. All well worth having, at any rate.

But the album itself is so good that it's worth having the remastered version just for the improved sound quality. I thought it was fine before, but compared to this one, the old one sounds like it was recorded through a bucket of mud. The remastering is so crisp, clean, and clear that you can hear every single sonic detail, from Anderson's acoustic guitar to Barrie Barlow's subtle percussion. And Martin Barre's electric guitar, which was penetrating enough on the older release, is now so sharp it's like an ice pick in your mind.

There's also (as in all these recent remasterings) a short set of liner notes by Ian Anderson himself. The lyrics are included twice -- once in a copy of the old album insert, and once in a set of new pages. (It's good that they're both included, as the new pages inadvertently omit a verse here and there.)

If you're a Tull fan, it's well worth picking up even if you already have the old one. Just thought you'd like to know.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By dpm60 on November 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Minstrel In The Gallery is a great hard rocking slice of progressive music. Back in 1979, when I was first exposed to this release, I wasn't too keen on it. But past experience with all things Tull had taught me that my patience and persistence would be rewarded. And so they were--more than with any other Tull recording.
For the progressive ROCK connosieur, Minstrel In The Gallery has everything. Great vocals with witty over-the-top lyrics, stinging guitars, inventive drumwork, solid bass playing, and some of the best string arrangements ever to grace a rock 'n' roll recording. Yep, Minstrel is my favorite from Tull. I'd take it over Thick As A Brick or Aqualung anyday.
As for the sound of this remaster, it is wonderful. Both of the previous versions (one on vinyl and one on CD) of Minstrel I've owned were lacking in some way. My old vinyl was almost completely devoid of treble frequencies, and the bass was rather flat. My old import CD version I purchased back in 1987 was way too bright with the same flat bass as the vinyl. The new remaster addresses all of these problems and more. I almost feel like I'm hearing Minstrel In The Gallery for the first time. Also, in direct contrast to recent general mastering practice, very little--if any--compression was applied to the music. The full scope of the dynamics are there to behold--not squashed for the sake of a louder CD. You just need to turn it up folks. What rock 'n' roller has a problem with that?
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By The Whistler on November 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
1st of all I must warn anyone looking to buy this that the 'live' bonus tracks are studio snippets from a radio program already released on the 20th Ann. Box Set. So forget about them, they fade out after a min. or so....however, this to me is one of Jethro Tull's most amazing lps. the inclusion of Summerday Sands and Pan Dance only enhance it's beauty!! Absolutely recommended!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2005
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After "Aqualung" and "War Child" were such huge successes, I was worried that Jethro Tull had, as Frank Zappa phrased it, gone commercial. "Minstrel in the Gallery" corrected that notion. "Minstrel in the Gallery" returns Tull to their original self-defined genre.

I always get a kick out of people trying to fit Jethro Tull into any particular type of music, because they are just plain not anything. While they have elements of hard rock/metal, elements of pop, elements of progressive, elements of folk, elements of renaissance, and even a bit of classical here and there, they are all of the above and none of the above. They just are.

The opening track, "Minstrel in the Gallery", begins with hammering and noises that make it sound as though the group is on a stage that is being prepared for a play. The song then transitions into a bard-like minstrel song, and then takes off into a hard rock song. An excellent opening song that sets you up for the things to come.

"Cold Wind to Valhalla" won't fool you. There are some violins and flavor of folk/renaissance, but at around 1 minute and 45 seconds into the song it switches into overdrive and you realize you are listening to a solidly rock song. Excellent use of violins in this song to help the orchestration. Hard to believe that violins can be a hard-rock instrument.

You hear classic Jethro Tull in the beginning of "Black Satin Dancer", then some hard rock riffs, and you suspect what will come next in this song. And you would be right and wrong. This song is a sensual song with allusions of sexual foreplay and intense longing, perhaps even lust. Sometimes I felt some occasional elements of King Crimson, and then not. The hard rock elements intertwine with classic Tull and some occasional progressive flashes.
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