ARTIST: Jethro Tull
TITLE: Stand Up
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: #20 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Bouree – three singles were issued in the UK around the same time this was released (Love Story #29 UK; Living in the Past (#11 US, #3 UK), Sweet Dream (#7 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: A New Day Yesterday, Nothing Is Easy, Fat Man
LINEUP: Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Glenn Cornick, Clive Bunker
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Still somewhat a blues band, Jethro Tull moves towards their landmark sound by incorporating folk and acoustic elements.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I guess this is where Jethro Tull truly, truly begins. Even though this still has a foot in the blues (maybe three toes of a foot), you have more acoustic flourishes, and more of Anderson’s flute taking a lead role instead of being an add-on or afterthought.
The band and producer Andy Johns experimented a bit with sounds and recording technique as well, and used traditional folk instruments in some songs. Anderson’s songwriting is more focused, and the album stacks up thematically (though it’s not a concept album – those would come later) since he doesn’t have to share space with a blues guitarist.
The result was a better album than their debut. The band was all moving in the same direction and seemed confident in the material and their sound. I’d start here to get a sense of Jethro Tull’s classic period.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Bouree is a version of Bach’s Bourree in E minor.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A big ol’ deluxe version with the above singles (making the Living in the Past album a bit redundant – all of the deluxe editions have the cuts that were on there) and a concert at Carnegie Hall.
GRADE: A-: It doesn’t have the hits or radio cuts that people in the States know (except for the Deluxe Version) but it’s very solid and enjoyable.