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Minstrel in the Gallery is an album by the British progressive rock band Jethro Tull, released in 1975. It is included in Monte Carlo, in a studio that Ian Anderson in a truck had built so they could work on new albums during their tour.
Anderson separated in this period of his first wife Jennie, and sold his apartment in Baker Street, London. He lived for a year in hotels, and closed himself in december 1974 to write this album for one month. He said there would be more inspiration. The General line of the album consists of droevenis, sadness and anger.
The song Baker St. Muse is a nearly 17-minute epic. It is subdivided into five parts:
- Baker St. Muse
- Pig-Me And The Whore
- Nice Little Tune
- Crash-Barrier Waltzer
- Mother England Reverie
According to the band this album is one of their better. Musically the album heavy on the guitar work of Ian Anderson and Martin Barre.
- Minstrel In The Gallery
- Cold Wind To Valhalla
- Black Satin Dancer
- One White Duck/010 = Nothing At All
- Baker St. Muse
- Summerday Sands ¹
- Pan Dance
- March The Mad Scientist
- Minstrel In The Gallery (live) ¹
- Cold Wind To Valhalla (live) ¹
¹ Bonus numbers on the Digital ' Remastered ' version.
- Ian Anderson (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute)
- Martin Barre (electric guitar)
- John Evan (piano, organ)
- Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (bass guitar, double bass)
- Barriemore Barlow (drums, percussion)
- David Palmer (arrangement for Orchestra)
- Patrick Halling (violin)
- Elizabeth Edwards (violin)
- Rita Eddowest (violin)
- Bridget Proctor (violin)
- Katharine Thullborn (cello)