Judging by Ian Anderson's most recent comments on radio interviews, his current mission is to make the Tull back catalogue available to a new generation of music fans, by means of high-value box sets. That's good news for everyone, even those of us who have stuck with the band through thick and thin from the beginning and simply want to add one or two CDs to complete the collection.
I bought this set primarily for Aqualung, as the previous 25th anniversary remaster edition had been hugely disappointing - a crucial step in the digitising process, normalisation, had been skipped and the release sounded thin and watery. Not an uncommon occurance and i can rattle off any number of other famous remasters which appear to have the same fault, but an annoyance when they don't correct it for the next 15 years. A joy therefore to discover this high-value box set is based around the new 2112 stereo remaster, which has made all sorts of improvements on the 25th remaster.
Additionally, Minstrel in the Gallery should be of huge appeal to new generation listeners as it has a timeless progressive quality often missing in the more popular short-song based releases, like Too Old To Rock And Roll and Songs from the Wood, products of their time and closely adhering to compositional conventions of the mid-70s. Passion Play is the odd one out here as it was one of their original duff albums, didn't appeal to the long-track progressive audience of its time and sure as anything won't attract new fans in this day and age, being a soupy slop of half-laughed half-muttered pseudo-poetry and some incredibly bad musical arrangements. They should have put Heavy Horses or Stormwatch in this selection instead.