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.


Disc One: New Steven Wilson Stereo Remix
1.    "Minstrel In The Gallery"
2.    "Cold Wind To Valhalla"
3.    "Black Satin Dancer"
4.    "Requiem"
5.    "One White Duck / 010  = Nothing At All"
6.    "Baker St. Muse"
a.    "Pig-Me And The Whore"
b.    "Nice Little Tune"
c.    "Crash-Barrier Waltzer"
d.    "Mother England Reverie"
7.    "Grace"
8.    "Summerday Sands"
9.    "Requiem" (Version 1)*
10.    "One White Duck" (Take 5)*
11.    "Grace" (Take 2)*
12.    "Minstrel In The Gallery" (BBC version)*
13.    "Cold Wind To Valhalla" (BBC version)*
14.    "Aqualung" (BBC version)*

Disc Two - Live At The Palais Des Sports, Paris,  July 5, 1975 (A Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
1.    "Introduction (The Beach Part 11)"
2.    "Wind Up"
3.    "Critique Oblique"
4.    "Wond'ring Aloud"
5.    "My God"
a.    Flute Solo Including: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bouree/Quartet"
b.    "Living In The Past"
c.    "My God" (Reprise)
6.    "Cross-Eyed Mary"
7.    "Minstrel In The Gallery"
8.    "Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day"
9.    "Bungle In The Jungle"
10.    "Aqualung"
11.    Guitar Solo
12.    "Back-Door Angels"
13.    "Locomotive Breath"
with improvisation and including "Hard Headed English General" and "Back-Door Angels" (Reprise)
(* Previously Unreleased)

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