Release Date: Nov 18, 2016
Record label: Rhino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Art Rock, Prog-Rock
Flutes-and-braces treatment for vintage Tull Originally released in August 1969, Stand Up, Jethro Tull’s second album, was their first with guitarist Martin Barre, in for the departed Mick Abrahams. In many ways it was also the blueprint for the classic Tull sound, signalling a shift from stodgy blues rock to a voyaging form of progressive folk, full of Celtic flavours, classicism and Ian Anderson’s animated flute lines. ADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads Soon-to-be fan favourite Bourée makes a bucolic delicacy of Bach’s Bourée In E Minor, while Look Into The Sun, Nothing Is Easy and others align themselves to the rootsy wanderings of post-psychedelic Traffic.
The Upshot: One of the greatest albums of the Sixties gets the mega-mega-deluxe reissue treatment for CD and DVD geeks alike, and even the stray live bootleg aficionado. Gather ‘round children, and ye shall hear, of Jethro Tull, and ’69, the year… Although your ol’ Uncle was but a mere musical neophyte in 1969 and would not get to see England’s Jethro Tull until 1971 during the band’s groundbreaking Aqualung tour, rest assured I was already well-versed in all things Tull by the time of sophomore album Stand Up, released via Reprise in America in September ’69, and a month prior in the U. K.