Stand Up [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The group's second album, with Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitars, keyboards, balalaika), Martin Barre (electric guitar, flute), Clive Bunker (drums), and Glen Cornick (bass), solidified their sound. There are still elements of blues present in their music, but except for the opening track, "A New Day Yesterday," it is far more muted than on their first album -- new lead guitarist Martin Barre had few of the blues stylings that characterized Mick Abrahams' playing. Rather, the influence of English folk music manifests itself on several cuts, including "Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square" and "Look Into the Sun." The instrumental "Bouree," which could've passed for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The group's second album, with Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitars, keyboards, balalaika), Martin Barre (electric guitar, flute), Clive Bunker (drums), and Glen Cornick (bass), solidified their sound. There are still elements of blues present in their music, but except for the opening track, "A New Day Yesterday," it is far more muted than on their first album -- new lead guitarist Martin Barre had few of the blues stylings that characterized Mick Abrahams' playing. Rather, the influence of English folk music manifests itself on several cuts, including "Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square" and "Look Into the Sun." The instrumental "Bouree," which could've passed for an early Blood, Sweat & Tears track, became a favorite concert number, with an excellent solo bit featuring Cornick's bass, although at this point Anderson's flute playing on-stage needed a lot of work. As a story-song with opaque lyrics, jarring tempo changes, and loud electric passages juxtaposed with soft acoustic-textured sections, "Back to the Family" is an early forerunner to Thick As a Brick. Similarly, "Reasons for Waiting," with its mix of closely miked acoustic guitar and string orchestra, all hung around a hauntingly beautiful folk-based melody, pointed in the direction of that conceptual piece and its follow-up, A Passion Play. The only major flaw in this album is the mix, which divides the electric and acoustic instruments and fails to find a solid center, but even that was fixed on later CD editions. (The original LP had a gatefold jacket that included a pop-up representation of the band that has been lost on all subsequent CD versions, except for the Mobile Fidelity audiophile release.) [In late 2001, Stand Up was re-released in a remastered edition with bonus tracks that boasted seriously improved sound. Anderson's singing comes off richer throughout, and the electric guitars on "Look Into the Sun" are very well-delineated in the mix, without any loss in the lyricism of the acoustic backing; the rhythm section on "Nothing Is Easy" has more presence, Bunker's drums and high-hat playing sounding much closer and sharper; the mandolin on "Fat Man" is practically in your lap; you can hear the action on the acoustic guitar on "Reasons for Waiting," even in the orchestrated passages; and the band sounds like it's in the room with you pounding away on "For a Thousand Mothers." Among the bonus tracks, recorded at around the same time, "Living in the Past," "Driving Song," and "Sweet Dreams" all have a richness and resonance that was implied but never heard before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2002
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724353545826
  • Catalog Number: 354583
  • Sales rank: 1,959

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A New Day Yesterday (4:11)
  2. 2 Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square (2:12)
  3. 3 Bourée (3:47)
  4. 4 Back to the Family (3:53)
  5. 5 Look into the Sun (4:23)
  6. 6 Nothing Is Easy (4:26)
  7. 7 Fat Man (2:52)
  8. 8 We Used to Know (4:03)
  9. 9 Reasons for Waiting (4:07)
  10. 10 For a Thousand Mothers (4:21)
  11. 11 Living in the Past (3:23)
  12. 12 Driving Song (2:44)
  13. 13 Sweet Dream (4:05)
  14. 14 17 (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jethro Tull Primary Artist
Ian Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Mandolin, Piano, Balalaika, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Mouth Organ
Martin Barre Flute, Electric Guitar
Clive Bunker Percussion, Drums
Glen Cornick Bass, Bass Guitar
Dave Palmer Conductor
Technical Credits
Ian Anderson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Andy Johns Engineer
David Palmer Arranger
John Williams Concept
Dave Palmer String Arrangements
Red Room Reissue Art
Terry Ellis Composer, Producer, Concept
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Stand Up and ask for one

    This is a great Jethro Tull album. One excellent song after another and together they make a classic album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is so good

    This has more than just seven great songs on it. Two more are "Back to the Family" and "Look into the Sun." Play the music samples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    This is one of the early Tull albums, when Tull was great. It has some very big hits on it, "Nothing is Easy," "Living in the Past," "Fat Man," "A New Day Yesterday," "Bouree," "For a Thousand Mothers," and "Sweet Dream." That's seven incredible hits. This could almost be a greatest hits album.

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