40th Anniversay ("La Grande Edition") of Jethro Tull's 1975 Album "Minstrel in the Gallery"

Posted by Billyjam, February 11, 2015 06:47am | Post a Comment
Fans of eclectic British rock band Jethro Tull will be pleased to know that the group's classic 1975 album Minstrel In The Gallery will be soon reissued this year (its 40th anniversary) by Parlophone as a limited edition 2CD/2DVD set with lots of additional rare and unreleased material that will include new mixes by Steven Wilson plus some rare 1975 live video footage. Note that the album was reissued back in 2002 with five bonus tracks that are all included here - but with even additional newly uncovered material and all (evidently) in improved audio quality.  Originally released in September 1975 - when the folk/rock, jazz, and blues fused unqiue Jethro Tull's lineup was still main man Ian Anderson, along with Martin Barre, John Evan, Barrie Barlow and Jeffrey Hammond - Minstrel In The Gallery was the group's, who first formed in 1967, eight studio album. Minstrel, which production wise was similar to their popular '72 album Thick As a Brick,  would earn Tull their sixth gold record.

For the reissue of Minstrel In The Gallery (to be subtitled 40th Anniversary La Grande Edition) Parlaphone are going all out and offering both CD and vinyl (180-gram vinyl as a limited edition pressing) sets with a multitude of highlights. Packaged in a case-bound DVD book will be an 80-page Tull/Minstrel booklet featuring an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson, as well as behind the scenes recollections by various others, plus lyrics, tour itinerary, and rare tour and studio photographs. Then in addition to the original seven track album will be seven bonus tracks (six previously unreleased), two mixed to 5.1 surround, and all to stereo by Steven Wilson, flat transfers of the original LP mix at 96/24 as well as flat transfer of the original quad mix of the LP. "Summerday Sands" (the B-side to the title track single from '75 that was also included in the aforementioned 2002 reissue of the album) is also included here, along with several studio outtakes and an alternate session material done for a BBC broadcast. The DVD, which will be presented in DTS & DD 5.1 surround mixes, will include an eight-minute film of the band performing "Minstrel In The Gallery" at the Olympia in Paris on July 5th 1975. The latest Tull album to get the 40th anniversary reissue treatment by Parlaphone in recent years, the Minstrel 40th anniversary reissue will be arrive in Amoeba in early May 2015. Below is the actual tracklisting of the forthcoming release.

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Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Pt 2 featuring 12 Man Rambo & Lori Katz

Posted by Billyjam, July 8, 2014 05:33pm | Post a Comment

In the second Amoeblog dedicated to some of the curated crates that are currently on exhibit (through July 27th) at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) as part of the Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records we present selections from both the creates of Lori Katz  (manager at Amoeba Music which is the primary sponsor of this must-attend exhibit) and 12 Man Rambo. The exhibit includes weekly Talk and Play sessions where folks from the local music community stop by and chat informally with museum goers and play samples of records. Joe Colley will speak this week in the Talk and Play session on the topic of "experiments in sound" on Saturday July 12th 1pm-230pm. Photos in this piece are by permission of OMCA and James Mak for Joysco Photos.

Meanwhile for her crate’s selection Lori Katz explained that, "I dug through the $1.00 bins at Amoeba Music. The records that I chose are examples of what I was listening to when I was beginning to become aware of music. My first memories of listening to music are when I went away to summer camp. This was in 1975-1977. My camp counselors introduced me to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and so much great music of that time. Looking at these record covers brings back so many great memories."

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Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Pt 1 featuring Marc Weinstein

Posted by Billyjam, June 27, 2014 11:35pm | Post a Comment

Since it opened two months ago (fittingly on Record Store Day, April 19th), the Oakland Museum of California's (OMCA) ongoing exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records has been resoundingly popular and is attracting museum visitors of vinyl, the sound and culture of records at oakland museum of californiaall ages and generations, from those who grew up with records to those too young to have ever seen vinyl firsthand or had opportunity (until now) to put down the needle and experience playing vinyl in all its analog glory.

The exhibit, which runs through July 27th, is sponsored by Amoeba Music who supplied nearly all of the vinyl for the hands-on exhibit. The action is in OMCA's Great Hall alongside another cool exhibit scheduled for the same run: Eric Nakamura's  SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot exhibit.

As well as supplying nearly all of the records on exhibit and featuring a window display at the Berkeley Amoeba store dedicated solely to the OMCA exhibit, several Amoeba staffers have contributed to the exhibit by way of curating the numerous crates that dot the cavernous exhibit hall. These include Gail Todd, Marc Weinstein, Lori Katz, and myself who are among numerous other contributing music nerds -- such as avid local rap collector 12 Man Rambo, noted San Francisco producer Dan the Automator, and author Denise Sullivan -- who each drew up lists of 33 records per crate (some more, some less).

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The Art of the LP Cover- Ballerina Girls

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, August 9, 2010 12:10pm | Post a Comment

Reach Out, I'll Be There!!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, May 23, 2009 11:26am | Post a Comment
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