Living in the Past (song)

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"Living in the Past"
Living in the Past - Jethro Tull.jpg
Single by Jethro Tull
B-side"Driving Song"
Released25 April 1969
Recorded17 February 1969
GenreProgressive rock, jazz rock
Length3:18
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)Ian Anderson
Producer(s)Ian Anderson, Terry Ellis
Jethro Tull singles chronology
"Love Story"
(1969)
"Living in the Past"
(1969)
"Sweet Dream"
(1969)

"Living in the Past" is a song by British progressive rock group Jethro Tull. It is one of its best-known songs, and it is notable for being written in the unusual 5
4
time signature
. The 5
4
time signature
is quickly noted from the beginning rhythmic bass pattern.

The single reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Overview[edit]

The song was originally recorded before the sessions for the 1969 album Stand Up, released in the same year as a stand-alone single to UK audiences while Jethro Tull finished its US tour.[2] However, it became more popular after its 1972 release on the album of the same name, a compilation of the band's hits from that era. After its release on the album, it became the band's first Top 20 hit in the US, peaking at #11. The song was restored as a "bonus track" for the 2001 CD reissue of Stand Up (1969).

"Living in the Past" was ranked the fifth best Jethro Tull song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Release history[edit]

  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Driving Song" (Island WIP 6056, 25 April 1969)
  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Christmas Song" (Australia) (Reprise R 3578 December 1972)
  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Requiem" (Chrysalis CHS 2081, 16 January 1976)
  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Hard Liner" (Chrysalis CHS 3970, 1993)
  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Witch's Promise" / "Teacher" / "Life is a Long Song" (April 2013, limited edition vinyl)[11]

Personnel[edit]

Jethro Tull
Additional musician
  • Lou Toby - arranged and conducted strings

Cover versions[edit]

The song was first covered as an instrumental by CCS in 1970. Other cover versions include:[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dom Lawson (2015-02-16). "Top Of The Progs: Jethro Tull's Living In The Past - Prog". Prog.teamrock.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  2. ^ "Top Of The Progs: Jethro Tull's Living In The Past - Prog". Prog.teamrock.com. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  3. ^ Rehe, Christoph (2013). Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check: alle Alben, alle Songs. Ein eclipsed-Buch (in German). Sysyphus Sysyphus Verlags GmbH. ISBN 3868526463.
  4. ^ "living+in+the+past | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Living in the Past". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 17 October 1969
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-08-23.
  9. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 13, 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Cover-Versionen- und Musikzitate-Datenbank". Coverinfo.de. 2006-06-19. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  13. ^ "Jethro Tull Tribute". Magnacarta.net. Retrieved 2015-05-06.

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