The 40th anniversary “La Grande” edition of Jethro Tull‘s Minstrel in the Gallery gets the knees up full Monty treatment from Porcupine Tree remixer/ surround sound savant Steven Wilson, with a whopping four disc expanded set including multiple stereo mixes, 5.1 and quadraphonic too, plus a complete live 1975 Paris concert from the Palais Des Sports. With the additional 45th anniversary of Benefit , the 1970 Jethro Tull under-appreciated missing link between the eclectic folksy Stand Up and the breakthrough million sellers Aqualung and Thick as a Brick, we thought it a good time to feature highlights from Benefit as well as Living in the Past, War Child, Minstrel…, Songs From the Wood, and the delightful 2002 CD/DVD Living With the Past.
Revisit the band’s interpretation of Johan Sebastian Bach‘s jaunty “Bouree”, “Teacher”,”Bungle in the Jungle”,’Skating Away…”,”Life’s a Long Song”, and the title songs to “Living in the Past”,”Minstrel in the Gallery“, and “Songs from the Wood”. And as you find yourself humming & singing all of these familiar melodies, remind yourself that Jethro Tull still is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. – Redbeard