Stand Up (Jethro Tull album)

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Stand Up
Studio album by Jethro Tull
Released 1 August 1969
Recorded April 1969 at Morgan Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, folk rock, art rock, progressive rock
Length 37:48
51:07 (with bonus tracks)
Label Island, Reprise
Producer Ian Anderson and Terry Ellis
Jethro Tull chronology
This Was
Stand Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Disc and Music Echo (Very favourable)[3]
Robert Christgau B−[4]
Sputnik Music 4/5[5]

Stand Up is the second album by Jethro Tull. Before this album, the band's original guitarist Mick Abrahams resigned because of musical differences with Ian Anderson; Abrahams wanted to stay with the blues-rock sound of This Was, while Anderson wished to branch out into other musical forms. Overall, however, the album does remain more broadly in the style of blues rock than future Jethro Tull albums.

Stand Up represents the first album project on which Anderson was in full control of the music and lyrics. It also marks the first appearance of guitarist Martin Barre, who appeared on every Jethro Tull album from this point on. The album goes in a different direction from Ian Anderson's earlier work, revealing influences from Celtic, folk, and classical music. In particular, the song "Fat Man" showed an interest in unusual instrumentation, as Ian Anderson played mandolin, one of the first times the instrument had been used by a rock band. The instrumental "Bourée" (one of Jethro Tull's better-known numbers) is a jazzy re-working of "Bourrée in E minor" by J.S. Bach. Ian Anderson has said that the melody and solo in "We Used to Know" were used by the Eagles in "Hotel California" as a type of tribute. The Eagles had opened for Jethro Tull at one time.

The gatefold album cover, in a woodcut style designed by artist James Grashow, originally opened up like a children's pop-up book, so that a cut-out of the band's personnel stood up — evoking the album's title. Stand Up won New Musical Express's award for best album artwork in 1969.

Critical reception[edit]

Rolling Stone review was quite positive, stating that the album: "has a fairly low raunch quotient, true to form, but it is quite marvelous". The review also state: "As I've said, the album is not really funky; rather, it is a meticulously crafted work (no sterility implied) which deserves careful listening. At a time when many of the established stars are faltering, it is a particular pleasure to hear an important new voice."[6] Robert Christgau was direct in his critique: "People who like the group think this is a great album. I don't like the group. I think it is an adequate album".[7] AllMusic review was positive, recognizing that the album "solidified their sound".[8]


The album was re-issued in 1973 by Chrysalis Records.

In 1989, an MFSL remaster was released.

Again the album was re-issued in 2001 as a digital remaster.

The album was reissued on 5 Oct 2010 as a deluxe edition including six bonus tracks on disc one, and two additional discs: a disc of live material recorded at Carnegie Hall on 4 November 1970, and a disc with a DTS surround mix.

Track listing[edit]

Standard (CD and LP version)
(1973 cassette version has same track order, but on opposite sides.)[9][10]

All songs written by Ian Anderson unless otherwise indicated.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "A New Day Yesterday"   4:10
2. "Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square"   2:12
3. "Bourée" (instrumental, J. S. Bach arr. Anderson) 3:46
4. "Back to the Family"   3:48
5. "Look into the Sun"   4:20
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Nothing is Easy"   4:25
7. "Fat Man"   2:52
8. "We Used to Know"   4:00
9. "Reasons for Waiting"   4:05
10. "For a Thousand Mothers"   4:13

2010 Deluxe Edition[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

The album reached No. 1 on the British charts, also selling well in the United States, where it reached No. 20. In the Norwegian charts (where the band toured along with Jimi Hendrix), the album was the first to chart there, at No. 5.

Chart Year Peak
UK Albums Chart[11] 1969 1
Preceded by
According to My Heart by Jim Reeves
UK Albums Chart number-one album
9 August 1969 – 30 August 1969
Succeeded by
From Elvis in Memphis
by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
From Elvis in Memphis
by Elvis Presley
UK Albums Chart number-one album
6 September 1969 – 20 September 1969
Succeeded by
Blind Faith by Blind Faith


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