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Stand Up

  out of 4 Music Review: Stand Up

Artist: Jethro Tull
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2001

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
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"Stand Up" was Jethro Tull's second release. Things were a bit toned down compared to the previous release "This Was." Martin Barre was introduced as the new lead guitarist. Barre's style was totally different than Mick Abrahams, and he wasn't allowed to really cut loose until the next album. Because of this radical change the sound of the group took an entirely different direction. This would be the most important transformation that they would make and it would subsequently change their fortunes forever. The folk aspects of their sound took precedence this time out, and although Martin Barre's guitar playing was often restrained, with the exception of 'Nothing Is Easy', he was firmly establishing himself in the group. Gone was the prevailing blues authority and ushered in was the folk, classical, and ethnic influences with jazz and blues around the periphery of the core that was to reach its peak on the next album. They were exploring every aspect of their framework more distinctly on this recording session. Ian Anderson was in full bloom exploring all of his interest.

'Fat Man', one the best songs they ever made, had strong Middle-Eastern influences, and that was to be explored further down the road as well. 'Bourče' was a lovely instrumental piece, it featured Ian Anderson's flute in a decidedly classical light. The song conjured images of a ride in a horse drawn carriage along an old country road in the English countryside. The four bonus tracks are a hint of what the third release would sound like and provided an enlightening look into the tremendously successful future of Jethro Tull.

1. A New Day Yesterday
2. Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square
3. Bouree
4. Back To The Family
5. Look Into The Sun
6. Nothing Is Easy
7. Fat Man
8. We Used To Know
9. Reasons For Waiting
10. For A Thousand Mothers

Bonus Tracks:

11. Living In The Past
12. Driving Song
13. Sweet Dream
14. 17



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