Encompassing four discs and an 80-page booklet sealed in book form, this is a magnificent set.
40th Anniversary Le Grande Edition
Jethro Tull’s Minstrel in the Gallery, the band’s sixth gold record, has been given a complete makeover in a new 40th Anniversary Boxed Set. Being released in multiple versions, this edition features the album in its entirety, as well as previously unreleased material and a peek into some past material that would eventually become Aqualung (1971). There are seven bonus tracks, six of which were previously unheard by fans, including B-side “Summerday Sands.” All the tracks have been given Steven Wilson’s deluxe treatment: mixed into stereo, with some tracks mixed in 5.1 Surround.
When the album was released, it became a Top 10 hit, reaching #5 in America and #29 in the U.K. This would also be the last recording done by the classic JT lineup of Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evans, Barrie Barlow, and Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond.
With the stereo treatment, this lost gem of an album is given new life. The set also includes several studio outtakes, like “Cold Wind of Valhalla” and “Aqualung,” originally done for a BBC recording. Disc two features the band live at The Olympia in Paris in July 1975. With the band performing “My God,” “Living in the Past,” and “Cross Eyed Mary,” the show is one of the highlights of this set. Also included is an eight-minute short film from the following tour.
Encompassing four discs and an 80-page booklet sealed in book form, this is a magnificent set, a true must-have for all classic rock enthusiasts. Tunes such as “Locomotive Breath “(live), Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day,” and the aforementioned lost b side “Summerday Sands,” this set offers up the band at a high musical peak. A | Marc Farr