Stand Up: The Elevated Edition

Jethro Tull

Parlophone, 2016

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


For many years following 1989, though I hadn't actually heard any Jethro Tull, I considered them unlistenable solely because they—unjustly in my 13 year old mind—beat out Metallica for a Grammy. Seeing as how there was a flute in the band, I could see no reason how they, or anyone really, could trump the almighty Metallica.

Of course, as the years passed I came to realize that even if they aren't exactly a hard rock/metal outfit, Jethro Tull were worth a listen or two. And if you're a dedicated fan, you'll definitely want to pick up this 2 CD / 1 DVD package that comes with a 112-page booklet.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

CD #1 contains Tull's sophomore 1969 album, Stand Up, remixed by Steven Wilson in 5.1 surround and stereo. In addition to the original 10 tracks, there are nine rare tracks, including a previously unreleased version of “Bouree” (Morgan Version).

CD #2 consists of a live show in Sweden at the Stockholm Konserthuset when the band opened for Jimi Hendrix in early 1969, right as guitarist Martin Barre became a part of Jethro Tull. In addition to the nine live tracks, there are a couple of original 1969 mono single mixes—“Living In The Past” and “Driving Song”—as well as radio spots.

The DVD is worth a look for the diehard fan, with concert footage of “To Be Sad Is A Mad Way To Be” and “Back To The Family,” as well as Steven Wilson's remix of the original album, a flat transfer of the original master tapes, and a flat transfer of the original mono and stereo mixes of “Living In The Past” and “Driving Song.”

It's also worth noting that the booklet included has track-by-track annotation by Ian Anderson and rare/unseen photos that present an in-depth history of this seminal album.

Stand Up marked a turning point for Jethro Tull, as well as some firsts for the legends. Ian Anderson hasn't been shy about this being his favorite album, as it was his first time navigating both music and lyrics. With a more prominent folk-rock influence, it’s an even more diverse batch of work, with some of their most celebrated tunes included.

Parlophone has created a fine package here; if only all reissues and special editions were done this well.

Rating: A-

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