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Minstrel in the Gallery was Tull's most artistically successful and elaborately produced album since Thick as a Brick and harked back to that album with the inclusion of a 17-minute extended piece ("Baker Street Muse"). Although English folk elements abound, this is really a hard rock showcase on a par with -- and perhaps even more aggressive than -- anything on Aqualung. The title track is a superb showcase for the group, freely mixing folk melodies, lilting flute passages, and archaic, pre-Elizabethan feel, and the fiercest electric rock in the group's history -- parts of it do recall phrases from A Passion Play, but all of it is more successful than anything on War Child. Martin Barre's attack on the guitar is as ferocious as anything in the band's history, and John Evan's organ matches him amp for amp, while Barriemore Barlow and Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond hold things together in a furious performance. Anderson's flair for drama and melody come to the fore in "Cold Wind to Valhalla," and "Requiem" is the loveliest acoustic number in Tull's repertory, featuring nothing but Anderson's singing and acoustic guitar, Hammond-Hammond's bass, and a small string orchestra backing them. "Nothing at All" isn't far behind for sheer, unabashed beauty, but "Black Satin Dancer" is a little too cacophonous for its own good. "Baker Street Muse" recalls Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play, not only in its structure but a few passages; at slightly under 17 minutes, it's a tad more manageable than either of its conceptual predecessors, and it has all of their virtues, freely overlapping hard rock and folk material, classical arrangements (some of the most tasteful string playing on a Tull recording), surprising tempo shifts, and complex stream-of-consciousness lyrics (some of which clearly veer into self-parody) into a compelling whole.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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1
Minstrel in the Gallery (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:08:19

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass Guitar

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Cold Wind to Valhalla (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:04:18

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Double Bass, Bass Guitar - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Black Satin Dancer (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:06:54

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass Guitar - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Requiem (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:03:43

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Jeffrey Hammond, Double Bass - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
One White Duck / 0^10 = Nothing at All (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:04:39

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass Guitar - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Baker St. Muse (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:05:09

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass Guitar - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Pig-Me and the Whore (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:01:30

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass Guitar - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Nice Little Tune (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:01:09

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass Guitar - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Crash-Barrier Waltzer (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:03:09

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Mother England Reverie (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:05:46

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass Guitar - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Grace (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:00:37

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Percussion - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Summerday Sands (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:03:42

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin, Orchestra Leader - Dee Palmer, Conductor, Orchestral Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Requiem (Early Version; Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:03:43

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Jeffrey Hammond, Double Bass - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
One White Duck (Take 5; Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:02:26

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass Guitar - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Grace (Take 2; Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:00:41

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin - Dee Palmer, Conductor, String Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Minstrel in the Gallery (Live from BBC Sessions; Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:08:27

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin, Orchestra Leader - Dee Palmer, Conductor, Orchestral Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Cold Wind to Valhalla (Live from BBC Sessions; Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:04:22

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin, Orchestra Leader - Dee Palmer, Conductor, Orchestral Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Aqualung (Live from BBC Sessions; Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
00:08:01

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Steven Wilson, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Robin Black, Engineer - Jennie Anderson, Writer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Patrick Halling, Violin, Orchestra Leader - Dee Palmer, Conductor, Orchestral Arranger - Bridget Procter, Violin - Rita Eddowes, Violin - Barrie Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jeffrey Hammond, Bass - Katharine Thulborn, Cello

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

DISC 2

1
Introduction (The Beach Pt. II) (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:00:56

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Wind-Up (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:03:02

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Critique Oblique (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:04:05

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Wond'ring Aloud (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:05:16

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass - Bridget Procter, Violin - Katherine Thulborn, Cello - Rita Eddowes, Violin

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
My God Medley (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Bourée / Quartet / Living in the Past / My God [Reprise]) (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:11:35

Traditional, Writer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Arranger, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Cross-Eyed Mary (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:04:05

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Minstrel in the Gallery (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:09:24

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Skating Away (On the Thin Ice of the New Day) (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:04:39

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Bungle in the Jungle (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:03:17

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass - Bridget Procter, Violin - Katherine Thulborn, Cello - Rita Eddowes, Violin

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Aqualung (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:09:42

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Jennie Anderson, Writer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Elizabeth Edwards, Violin - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass - Bridget Procter, Violin - Katherine Thulborn, Cello - Rita Eddowes, Violin

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Guitar Improvisation (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:03:29

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar, Writer - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Back-Door Angels (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:06:06

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Locomotive Breath / Improvisation / Back-Door Angels (Reprise) (Live at Palais Des Sports, Paris, 5/7/1975; Jakko Jakszyk Stereo Mix)
00:11:51

Jethro Tull, MainArtist - Ian Anderson, Producer, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Programmer, Vocals, Writer - Barriemore Barlow, Drums, Percussion - Jakko Jakszyk, Mixer - Martin Barre, Electric Guitar - John Evan, Organ, Piano - Jeffrey Hammond - Hammond, Bass Guitar, Bass

© 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Minstrel in the Gallery was Tull's most artistically successful and elaborately produced album since Thick as a Brick and harked back to that album with the inclusion of a 17-minute extended piece ("Baker Street Muse"). Although English folk elements abound, this is really a hard rock showcase on a par with -- and perhaps even more aggressive than -- anything on Aqualung. The title track is a superb showcase for the group, freely mixing folk melodies, lilting flute passages, and archaic, pre-Elizabethan feel, and the fiercest electric rock in the group's history -- parts of it do recall phrases from A Passion Play, but all of it is more successful than anything on War Child. Martin Barre's attack on the guitar is as ferocious as anything in the band's history, and John Evan's organ matches him amp for amp, while Barriemore Barlow and Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond hold things together in a furious performance. Anderson's flair for drama and melody come to the fore in "Cold Wind to Valhalla," and "Requiem" is the loveliest acoustic number in Tull's repertory, featuring nothing but Anderson's singing and acoustic guitar, Hammond-Hammond's bass, and a small string orchestra backing them. "Nothing at All" isn't far behind for sheer, unabashed beauty, but "Black Satin Dancer" is a little too cacophonous for its own good. "Baker Street Muse" recalls Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play, not only in its structure but a few passages; at slightly under 17 minutes, it's a tad more manageable than either of its conceptual predecessors, and it has all of their virtues, freely overlapping hard rock and folk material, classical arrangements (some of the most tasteful string playing on a Tull recording), surprising tempo shifts, and complex stream-of-consciousness lyrics (some of which clearly veer into self-parody) into a compelling whole.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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