|Minstrel in the Gallery|
|Studio album by Jethro Tull|
||8 September 1975 |
||April 1975 in the Masion Rouge Mobile (Europe)|
||Progressive rock, hard rock, folk rock|
Minstrel in the Gallery (1975) is the eighth studio album by British band Jethro Tull, released in September 1975.
Ian Anderson's lyrics and subject matter show an introspective and cynical air, possibly the byproduct of Anderson's recent divorce from first wife Jennie Franks and the pressures of touring, coupled with the frustrations of writing for and recording the album in Monte Carlo. The title refers to the use of a minstrel's gallery in the great hall of castles or manor houses. Stylistically the album is varied. The songs "Minstrel In The Gallery", "Black Satin Dancer" are hard-rock, although "Minstrel", like another track, "Cold Wind to Valhalla", starts with several acoustic verses that are basically identical in structure to the main, hard rock section of the song, then break into the heavier version after an instrumental break.
Five of the seven songs on the album feature intros, consisting of either speech or count-offs (the exceptions being "Black Satin Dancer" and "Grace").
All songs written by Ian Anderson, except "Minstrel in the Gallery" by Ian Anderson and Martin Barre.
"Minstrel in the Gallery" â 8:13
"Cold Wind to Valhalla" â 4:19
"Black Satin Dancer" â 6:52
"Requiem" â 3:45
"One White Duck / 010 = Nothing At All" â 4:37
"Baker St. Muse" â 16:39
- "Baker Street Muse"
- "Pig Me and the Whore"
- "Nice Little Tune"
- "Crash Barrier Waltzer"
- "Mother England Reverie"
"Grace" â 0:37
Album is in fair to good condition, has a few light scratches and one long light scratch on side 2 but plays without skipping
Album cover is in very good condtion, still has plastic wrap on it
Album sleeve is very good and is orginal