Ian Anderson – vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, Hammond organ, piano, mandolin, balalaika, mouth organ
Martin Lancelot Barre – electric guitar, flute
Glenn Cornick – bass guitar
Clive Bunker – drums, percussion
Strings arranged and conducted by David Palmer
Engineering and mixing by Andy Johns
all songs written by Ian Anderson unless otherwise indicated
Producer : Ian Anderson and Terry Ellis
Recorded at Morgan Studios, London
Label : Island , Reprise
Stand Up is the second album by Jethro Tull. Prior to this album, the band's original guitarist Mick Abrahams had left the band due to 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.
Stand Up represents the first album project on which Anderson was in full control of the music and lyrics. The album goes in a different direction from his earlier work, revealing influences from Celtic music, folk and classical music. The instrumental "Bourée" (one of Jethro Tull's better-known songs) is a re-working of "Bourrée in E minor" by J.S.Bach.
The album reached #1 on the British charts. The gatefold album cover, in a woodcut style designed by artist James Grashow, originally opened up similar to a child's pop-up book, so that a cut-out of the band's personnel stood up — linking into the album's title. Stand Up won New Musical Express's award for best album artwork in 1969.
"We Used to Know" was the inspiration for The Eagles' 1976 hit song "Hotel California". The chord progressions are nearly identical, and the bands toured together prior to the release of "Hotel".
The album was re-issued in 1973. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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