Jethro Tull notched its sixth gold record in 1975 with its eighth studio album, Minstrel In The Gallery. Its elaborate production is reminiscent of the band's 1972 classic Thick As a Brick and its songs rock as hard as anything in the band's vast and storied catalog. When it was originally released, Minstrel In The Gallery became the band's fifth consecutive U.S. Top 10 album, peaking at #7, and at #29 in the U.K. It would also be the last to feature the longtime lineup of Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evans, Barrie Barlow and Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond.
To mark the occasion of the album's 40-year anniversary, Rhino presents this La Grande Edition 2CD+2DVD set that features a new stereo and surround sound mix of the album by Steven Wilson along with seven bonus tracks, six of which are previously unreleased.
CD 1 contains the original album featuring the new Steven Wilson stereo remix plus bonus tracks including three from the BBC sessions. The second CD in the package features a live recording of the band performing at the Olympia in Paris on July 5, 1975, a few months prior to the release of Minstrel In The Gallery. The concert recording features a stereo mix by King Crimson guitarist Jakko Jakszyk.
DVD 1 (audio) includes the new Steven Wilson 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound remixes of the original album and bonus tracks along with –Summerday Sands" and a very different version of "Requiem," plus flat transfers of the original LP mix at 96/24 LPCM stereo and a flat transfer of the original QUAD mix. Both of these mixes include the B-side –Summerday Sands.
DVD 2 (audio & video) features Jakko Jakszyk's 5.1 surround mix of the 1975 Paris concert along with an eight and a half minute Minstrel In The Gallery promo video clip from the Palais Des Sports, Paris, 6th July 1975.
MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY
A new Steven Wilson stereo remix
1. Minstrel In The Gallery
2. Cold Wind to Valhalla
3. Black Satin Dancer
5. One White Duck / 010 = Nothing at All
6. Baker St. Muse
7. Pig-Me and the Whore
8. Nice Little Tune
9. Crash-Barrier Waltzer
10. Mother England Reverie
12. Summerday Sands
13. Requiem (early version)
14. One White Duck (take 5)
15. Grace (take 2)
16. Minstrel In The Gallery (BBC version)
17. Cold Wind To Valhalla (BBC version)
18. Aqualung (BBC version)
LIVE AT THE PALAIS DES SPORTS, PARIS, 5th July 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
including God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bouree/Quartet/Living In The Past/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
11. Guitar Improvisation
12. Back-door Angels
13. Locomotive Breath
with improvisation, and including
Hard Headed English General
and Back-door Angels (reprise)
The DVDs feature the DTS & DD 5.1 surround mixes as well as the 96/24 PCM stereo mix and a 9 minute film of the band recorded in Paris in July 1975 featuring the lead track 'Minstrel In The Gallery'