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5 stars Much alike the "A Passion Play: an extended performance" this edition of "Minstrel in the Gallery" is almost superior to the original album. Besides the valuable information that the box contains (which, again, much alike the "A Passion Play..." we cannot even go further without spoilers), the tracks are remastered in a beautiful manner by Steven Wilson. The original album have something of a cold and stark sound (which I always though I liked), but this new version gain in a sweet echoey feeling in the acoustic songs. In the most electric parts, however, the sound is clear and without any kind of interference.

The live album is too something quite surprising: with more material from "Aqualung" and "WarChild", its a great show (that was recorded in video, but sadly only the "Minstrel in the Gallery" survived) with a strong performance that contains a bit of everything from the Hammond-Hammond era.

A must have to all prog-heads, not only Tull fans.

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4 stars The La Grande Edition boxed set of Minstrel In the Gallery offers up a perfectly reasonable Steven Wilson sprucing-up of the original album, various odds and ends from the era, plus - perhaps best of all - Jakko Jakszyk's painstaking reconstruction of a July 1975 concert in Paris, in which he has skilfully covered over gaps in the existing tapes using recordings from the rehearsal in the venue that preceded the concert. Can you spot the gaps? Ian Anderson apparently couldn't and that's good enough for me.

This live show came in the window between much of the actual recording of the album being done and the final product being released, so it isn't as heavy on Minstrel-era material as you might think - though the title track does get an airing. In fact, the set list is quite heavy on material from Aqualung - 6 of its songs are offered up here. (By comparison, War Child - the then most-recently released album - only has 3 songs here).

The Paris show reveals just how ferocious a live unit Jethro Tull was in 1975, offering a firey interpretation of most of Aqualung plus selected other pieces here and there, and so is another apt choice for a show to include on this boxed set series.

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