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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.05 | 1250 ratings

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2 stars It may have been a new sound in yesteryear, but its an old sound now!

Like its predecessor, Stand Up too is a rather straightforward Blues Rock album. Even if it is in some respects an improvement over their debut album, this second effort too sounds somewhat dated and immature today; not only in comparison with the band's own later albums, but also in comparison with many other albums originally released in 1969.

Ian Anderson's distinctive flutes and vocals are again clearly recognizable here, and they sound better than on This Was, but apart from that there is not too much here to indicate what a great band they would soon become. The band's version of Bach's Bourée is, of course, essential. But this is not the definitive version of it. There are many live albums that hold better versions of it. The best track of this album is Fat Man. This may also be the song that most strongly points towards the future of the band's sound.

Like I said in my review of This Was, Prog fans should begin with Aqualung and ignore the three first albums at least until they have acquired most or all of the band's post-Aqualung output, most of which is better than these early albums. At least in this fans' opinion.

Recommended for fellow fans and collectors, but it is not the classic it is often held up to be

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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