Minstrel in the Gallery is the eighth studio album by Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull is/was and always will be the brain child of what we here at Forgotten Rock Classics think is the greatest rocking flute player in the world, Ian Anderson. Along with guitar virtuoso Martin Barre, Jeffery Hammond on bass for what was his last album with the band, John Evans on keyboards and one of the best names for a drummer Barriemore Barlow on drums, Minstrel in the Gallery ranks up there with some of the biggest Tull hits and albums.
This 8 plus minutes of music gives you a little bit of all the things that make you enjoy Tull music. From the acoustic beginning, the writing style used by Ian Anderson that have made him one of the most unique song writers of our generation, to the songs bursting out of your doldrums electric guitar about the 2:00 mark that sends the song into a more hard rock mood and last but not least the magnificent flute playing that is the staple of all Tull songs. Our favorite part has to be at the 3:55 minute mark when the cow bell gets the 3 times over. Then you hear the very clear defining, classic Martin Barre guitar work taking the song into what fills like a new beginning.
If you have never heard the classic sound of Jethro Tull before please sit down and take 8 minutes to enjoy. And for those of us that have heard Tull before, after the song is done and we start to remember all those great hits from the 70’s that the band presented to us click on some of those links to your right and re-live the classic hits of Ian Anderson, Martin Barre and the rest of the band. Since these are but a few of the hits, if you have one not listed and are having trouble remembering it just send us out a holler and he would be glad to help you figure it out.
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