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Jethro Tull Vinyl
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Early in 1968, a group of young British musicians, born from the ashes of various failed regional bands gathered together in hunger, destitution and modest optimism in Luton, North of London. With a common love of Blues and an appreciation, between them, of various other music forms, they started to win over a small but enthusiastic audience in the various pubs and clubs of Southern England. ... Read more in Amazon's Jethro Tull Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chrysalis
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand up a Stand out album. 28 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a stand out album from Tull as they were finding thier own path and leaving the more bluesy material behind.I originally bought this after hearing Living in the past/Driving song (thier first single that got big) being played all the time on jukeboxes in amusment arcades throughout the summer of 1969. I bought the album in the autumn of '69 when it was released and it was never off the record player. A bonus was the original cover which had a pop up Tull when it was opened up. All the tunes written by Ian Anderson, Bouree a standout instrumental which showcases his flute skills. Look into the sun a nice relaxing acoustic song, Nothiing is easy has a nice walking bass line, and We used to know which uses the same chord structure as the Eagles, Hotel California.All in all a great album nice to hear it again without the dust in the grooves. Well worth buying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull starts here ! 22 May 2001
By Huck Flynn VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Stand Up was literally the point in musical history when Ian Anderson stood up as Jethro Tull's leader after the departure of rival Mick Abrahams. Every song is written by Anderson and the stand out playing is by him - flute, mandolin, balalaika, harmonica and acoustic guitar. The album, recorded around 1969, contains classic Tull tracks still featured in the set - Nothing Is Easy, Bouree, New Day Yesterday and the variety of arrangement and playing show Anderson's amazing virtuosity. There are some rough edges and a slight lack of homogeneity(?) because of this but there's no denying the power and passion. Barre's brilliant lead guitar work and the wonderfully tonal bass playing of Cornick are well to the fore. Not to mention the trademark breathless gasping and moaning on his flute. Tull here still showing blues influences but mainly it is heavy (progressive) rock and lighter acoustic ballads. A must have for Tull fans.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Tull's Finest Efforts 7 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Simply put, this is one of Tull's finest efforts. It marked the departure of Mick Abrahams and the arrival of Martin Barre to the band and signalled Tull's move away from a blues outfit to the quirky, progressive rock force they would become. And even though this was just their second album, it remains among their best and contains a number of standards including "A New Day Yesterday," "Bouree," "We Used to Know," "Fat Man," and "For a Tousand Mothers." The additional bonus tracks make this classic that much better.
The two things which stand out most on this album are Martin Barre's guitar work and Ian Anderson's personal, yet still somehow timeless lyrics. For the former, the best tracks are probably "A New Day Yesterday" and "For A Thousand Mothers," both of which are still Tull concert staples, as is the Bach cover "Bouree." "Nothing is Easy" is another great song with some catchy licks and is a nice tune to listen to at the end of a long work week with an ice cold beer in your hand.
So let's put it this way, if I were stuck on a desert island with a handful of CDs, this would be one of them. And I own EVERY Tull album, including the solo efforts of Ian Anderson and Martin Barre. So enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums in Progressive Rock. 11 Feb 2000
Format:Audio CD
Jethro Tull were perhaps one of the many groups who co-existed with the flower power era, whilst their blues/celtic/acoustic/folkish styles were fully displayed in this one album alone. Perhaps because of such a reason, 'Stand Up' does exactly what it's name suggests - over thirty years since its release. Ian Anderson (band leader, vocalist, flautist) endeavoured to explore different sounds, techniques, and new ideas at the time. Jethro Tull (during their listless meanderings!) had inadvertently influenced a 'crusading movement' for the direction of music. The first track 'A New Day Yesterday', is still remembered by all hardcore Tullies, a very moody blues number, only to be played when its raining. 'Bouree' proved a more classical piece with flute, bass, and drums, based on the orchestral version - it went down well in Europe! 'Back to the Family' is one of my current favourites, because I've not long since moved from my parents' home. Although witty, it also carries worthy advice on what yo may experience striking out on your own. 'Look Into the Sun' is reminiscent of summer days, whilst 'Nothing is Easy' is a great track ideal for Radio play, although perhaps a little loud performed live! 'Fat Man' was another favourite of mine, quite charming and introducing an Indian style with hand-drums and guitar. 'Reasons for Waiting' is a slow-moving, dreamy romantic, which was a pleasure to hear on Sunday radio recently - the DJ commented about how beautiful the song was. Overall, 'Stand Up' is one of Jethro Tull's prominent albums, the second in fact, and a far-cry from the more diverse (although acceptable) bluesy debut 'This Was'. If you're curious about Tull, only caught a rare glimpse or whisper of their work, then this album is an absolute first to start your collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 10 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
The replacement of Mick Abrahams with Martin Barre enabled Tull to play a much wider range of music, and they didn't waste any time in doing so. The only blues track is the opener 'A new day yesterday', a nice link with "This was". Lighter acoustic numbers 'Jeffrey goes to Leicester square' and 'Fat man' mix with the harder rock of 'Nothing is easy' and 'For a thousand mothers'. 'Reasons for waiting' is the first example of orchestral backing in the Tull catalogue, while the instrumental 'Bouree' is the only track not written by IA, though the jazzed up version here is not exactly what mr Bach had in mind, some nice flutework and excellent bass have made this a favourite number (both studio and live). 'Back to the family' is a softer rock number, while 'Look into the sun' and 'We used to know' are both mid tempo numbers employing a mix of acoustic and electric guitarwork, the latter building up to include some fine wah-wah, and is my personal favourite Tull number.
Soon to celebrate its 40th birthday, but it still sounds fresh, no need for the philosan.

The addition of 'Living in the past' and 'Sweet dreams', plus their respective b-sides as bonus tracks, cover just about everything from that period of their development.

A well balanced album that was responsible for Tull's rise to fame, and for anyone who hasn't heard them before, this is the best place to start.
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Published 1 month ago by Robert Peter Bunton
4.0 out of 5 stars Emerging from a Cocoon
For a start this album artwork won awards. The original LP opened up to reveal a flip up model of the band - imagine that happening today (of course it would be impossible in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand Up and Buy This
A classic early Tull album; the first of many in the late 60s and early 70s. A must have for fans of progressive folk rock. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Prog Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Metro sound at its best
This is a great album to bring back the jethro Tull sound. Songs are tuneful with simple lyrics and bring back visions of flautist standing on one leg producing stunning sounds.
Published 13 months ago by H. Hoaran
5.0 out of 5 stars Addition
One of the bands I followed in my youth, bought along with two other of their albums. As a total of three were purchased, the price was reasonable as was the delivery time.
Published 14 months ago by Just me
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Have not heard it for 20 years and it still sounds as good if not better'and digital remastering only helps
Published 16 months ago by Lcallan
4.0 out of 5 stars Jethro Tull
I saw these back in 1968 at the Royal Albert Hall and they were brilliant, Ian Anderson stood on one leg with his flute was unique and entertaining. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Michael J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite
Replacing my vinyl which is stored in a cupboard somewhere, and no player. Great early album to play in the car
Published 18 months ago by sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
I have been listening to THIS BAND for more than 20 days now...and I can assure you that , if you want to be entertained for the rest of your life... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mr. V
3.0 out of 5 stars Tull's early album of progressive creativity
Jethro Tull's much celebrated 1969 album is one of the early examples of progressive creativity. Some of the material contained herein has become part of prog folklore, and... Read more
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