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This review is from: Stand Up (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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Initial post: 14 Nov 2014 21:09:07 GMT
billy the fish says:
17 is a lot shorter than i remember i loved this track but it seems lacking something.
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