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Jethro Tull: Stand Up (2CD & DVD Edition)

Hard to believe it's been 41 years since Jethro Tull released their successful sophomore effort Stand Up. Lead guitarist Mick Abrahams had already left the band after their debut This Was, and new guitar player Martin Barre was in place, along with leader Ian Anderson, drummer Clive Bunker and bassist Glenn Cornick, as the four-piece slowly veered away from their blues based sound into something that mixed elements of hard rock, blues, folk, and progressive rock. Though Stand Up was remastered earlier this decade, it's presented here once again in a 3 disc set, containing on CD 1 the 2001 remaster along with a host of bonus tracks, the 1970 Carnegie Hall concert on CD 2 (previously available in an earlier 25th Anniversary box set), and a DVD audio cotaining the Carnegie Hall set in 5.1 Surround Sound. This expanded digipack also features a replica of the pop up art originally found on the LP.

Stand Up itself probably needs no introduction for Jethro Tull fans. It has always been a spectacular release containing plenty of beloved numbers, such as the heavy blues rock of "A New Day Yesterday", which signaled the arrival of Barre as a guitarist of significant talents, the bands rock interpretation of the classical gem "Bouree", hard rockers "Back to the Family" and "Nothing is Easy", whimsical fare such as "Fat Man" and "Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square", plus the more adventurous pieces such as "For A Thousand Mothers", "We Used to Know", and "Look Into the Sun". Throughout it all, Ian Anderson adds his unique vocal, flute, and acoustic guitar talents to these bluesy, folky, and often times heavy rocking songs. Recorded and engineered by Andy Johns, Stand Up was always a great sounding album considering the time period, and this 2001 remaster sounds great. Included here are songs recorded during the same time period that wound up on Benefit and the Living in the Past albums, namely the excellent "Living in the Past", "Driving Song", and "Sweet Dream", along with the rare "17". Also included is the 1969 BBC Radio session which featured a few of the top tracks from the then new album, the standouts being "Bouree" and "Nothing is Easy", although "Fat Man" and "A New Day Yesterday" are also quite fine as well. You get a great snapshot of this new incarnation of Jethro Tull starting to reall gel and mold into the force they would shortly become.

Over on CD2 you get the 1970 Carnegie Hall benefit concert, which was previously released in part on the Jethro Tull 25th Anniversary Box Set back in the early 1990's. At this point in time, John Evan had joined the band on keyboards, and the band were in fine, raucous form. Though a good portion of the set features Stand Up material, there are also tracks from the just release Benefit album, as well as a very early peek into Acqualung with an epic version of "My God". Highlights here include a monstrously heavy version of "Dharma For One", a driving "Nothing is Easy", the proto progressive metal of "To Cry You a Song", and the mysterious, bluesy rock piece "Sossity, You're A Woman/Reasons For Waiting/Sossity, You're A Woman". Throw in some extended guitar, piano, drum, and flute solos, and you have a wild affair in New York City from 1970 that Tull fans who didn't pick up the earlier box set will want to have in their collections.

The bonus DVD contains the entire Carnegie Hall show in 5.1 Surround Sound, plus a 2010 interview with Ian Anderson as he talks about the album and reissue. Those with high end TV stereo equipment can now crank this live set and get the best possible audio available. Too bad they couldn't have put together some sort of video to throw on this DVD as well-though I'm sure there's practically little live footage to be found that hasn't already been made available elsewhere, even some live clips of the band performing some of the Stand Up tunes from any era would have been a nice addition here, something the King Crimson reissues have made sure to include.

All in all though, this 2010 reissue of Stand Up will be a mandatory purchase for any loyal fan of the band, and if you've never owned this classic album before, now's the time to add it to your CD collection.

Track Listing
CD 1
Original album, remastered
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 [mono]
15. Living In The Past [original mono single version]
"Top Gear" BBC Radio session recorded 6/16/69; broadcast 6/22/69
16. Bouree [mono]
17. A New Day Yesterday [mono]
18. Nothing Is Easy [mono]
19. Fat Man [mono]
20. Stand Up US radio spot #1
21. Stand Up US radio spot #2

CD 2
Live At Carnegie Hall [1970]
1. Nothing Is Easy
2. My God
3. With You There To Help Me/By Kind Permission Of
4. A Song For Jeffrey
5. To Cry You A Song
6. Sossity, You're A Woman/Reasons For Waiting/Sossity, You're A Woman
7. Dharma For One
8. We Used To Know
9. Guitar Solo
10.For A Thousand Mothers

Disc 3 - DVD Audio [physical package only]
Live At Carnegie Hall [1970]
Carnegie Hall audio: DTS & Dolby Digital 24 bit 48kHz
5.1 surround sound and 2.0 24 bit 48 kHz LPCM stereo [audio only]
1. Introduction
2. Nothing Is Easy
3. My God
4. With You There To Help Me/By Kind Permission Of
5. A Song For Jeffrey
6. To Cry You A Song
7. Sossity, You're A Woman/Reasons For Waiting/Sossity, You're A Woman
8. Dharma For One
9. We Used To Know
10. Guitar Solo
11. For A Thousand Mothers
DVD Bonus Feature
An interview with Ian Anderson [London, 2010]

Added: November 21st 2010
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Jethro Tull: Stand Up (2CD & DVD Edition)
Posted by Keith Hannaleck, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-11-21 15:35:45
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With the departure of Mick Abrahams (who would go on to form Bloodwyn Pig) Jethro Tull would usher in a new guitarist named Martin Barre for their second studio release.

Stand Up would find the group heading more to their soon to be realized progressive rock sound that started to take form.

Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitars, keyboards, balalaika), Martin Barre (electric guitar, flute), Clive Bunker (drums), and Glen Cornick (bass), pushed Jethro Tull to new heights with Stand Up. The blues-rock foundation was still there however new roads where being travelled and very successfully. "Fat Man" and a fresh take on the classical "Bouree" were some of the highlights this recording had to offer. As Ian Anderson comments on his interview with the DVD included in this set, Abrahams was not willing to progress and go in another direction with his style. He was content being a blues rock guitarist and that is where he wanted to remain. So with that as a starting point Jethro Tull started on a new adventure after having released only one album. The decision would be the most prolific in the band's short lived career, changing their sound and chemistry entirely.

This three disc set, 2 CDs, which includes tracks from their Top Gear BBC Radio session and 1 DVD, was meant to be released as a celebration of the Stand Up 40th anniversary last year. Well as they say, better late than never and it is quite an enjoyable set. It was worth wait. You get the remastered original album from 2001 and a 1970 performance at Carnegie Hall. On the DVD you can listen to the Carnegie Hall concert (audio only) in different formats. Your choices are 48/24 Stereo LPCM, DTS or 48/24 Dolby Digital which I chose to listen to after hearing the normal stereo version on the CD. It might seem like too many choices for some folks but everyone is different and has various listening options dependent on their stereo and computer systems, so in that sense it is good thing. The improvements are noticeable in sound quality and the concert was a great treat.

Stand Up was an amalgam of rock, folk, classical, jazz, and blues that distinguished JT from all the other bands. This would be the pre-progressive rock sound (as Ian says in his interview) that would eventually develop further with each successive release. Ian also explained how they were not the same type of band as ELP or Yes, they were more vulgar and would be comparable to bands that became popular during the 90's grunge period like Pearl Jam and so forth. This I thought was an interesting comparison because I never really looked at it that way. I always considered JT as prog rock but you have to remember from whence they came and the roots of all their music that brought them to a mature progressive sound on their Thick As A Brick release. All the albums prior to this were a developing and experimental stage that combined various elements to afford the band their own unique stamp, not to mention Ian's vocals, on everything they did.

Stand Up was clearly a step in the right direction for Jethro Tull and it is fitting that a new set such as this was released to document it. The trifold cardboard case unfolds and the band pops up (Stand's Up). A booklet is included as well featuring a write up from Ian. All things considered this is a prized possession for all JT fans.

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