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“Stand Up” marked an early turning point for Jethro Tull, as their second album introduced folk-rock influences into what had previously been a sturdy blues-based sound. It also marked the first studio collaboration with Barre, a guitarist who would become Tull leader Ian Anderson‘s longest-running bandmate.
In a recent interview, Anderson selected Stand Up as his favorite Tull album, “because that was my first album of first really original music. It has a special place in my heart.”
The album topped the U.K. charts, and earned gold-certification status in the U.S. You can buy Stand Up: Elevated Edition, now

Check out Jethro Tull‘s “Bouree: Morgan Version,” a previously unreleased song, from the expanded reissue of “Stand Up“.
The new set, called the “Elevated Edition,” features two CDs of music and a DVD. The first disc features Steven Wilson’s new stereo mixes of the original 1969 album, paired with rare recordings like “Bouree.” There are also four additional songs recorded at the BBC, as well as stereo single mixes of “Driving Song” and “Living in the Past.”
The second disc in the Stand Up: Elevated Edition set finds Jethro Tull performing live in Sweden, just a few weeks after Martin Barre joined the band. Highlights from the evening’s set list include two cuts from Stand Up, plus songs originally found on the band’s debut album. Another Wilson remix, this time in surround sound, is included on the DVD along with concert footage from January 1969 and other goodies.


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Through it’s not their first album – that would be “This Was”, from the year before – “Stand Up” represents the moment when Jethro Tull was born. Released on August. 1st, 1969, this project found frontman Ian Anderson molding the band’s sound to reflect his personal, highly original and idiosyncratic musical vision.

Before, Anderson had collaborated more extensively with now-departed guitarist Mick Abrahams on This Was, and even had a brief partnership with Black Sabbath’s guitarist Tony Iommi, in early ’69. As Ian Anderson began to fully assert his leadership, however, Jethro Tull headed down the path towards progressive rock greatness.


Indeed, a single listen to the album “Stand Up” is enough to marvel at its confident eclecticism, one that saw Ian Anderson taking inspiration from numerous sources: Led Zeppelin for the post-blues heavy rock riff-crunch of “A New Day Yesterday,” “Nothing is Easy” and “For a Thousand Mothers”; Roy Harper for the eccentric folk stylings of “Look into the Sun” and “Fat Man”; and a variety of others on “Back to the Family” and “We Used to Know.” Elsewhere, there were even more exotic experiments in classical (the beautifully scored “Reasons for Waiting”; Bach’s rearranged “Bouree”) and world music (see “Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square,” where Ian Anderson plays a Russian balalaika).

New guitarist Martin Barre, who’d eventually become the only consistent member of Jethro Tull’s ever-evolving lineups over the years, joined a standing rhythm section of Glenn Cornick and Clive Bunker in creating this whirlwind of sound. Through it all, the only consistent threads were Ian Anderson’s quirky, elliptical lyrics, distinctive vocal affectations (worlds away from his tentative croon on This Was) and, of course, his ever-more present flute – which soon became a signature part of the Jethro Tull legend.

Fans responded, sending Jethro Tull to the top of the U.K.’s album charts for the first time. Stand Up also reached the American Billboard Top 20, signalling a new era of creativity and success. Seven straight Jethro Tull albums, beginning with this one, would reach at least gold-selling status in the U.S.

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