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!