Jethro Tull Stand Up Product Type Compact Disc Rock Beautiful Pop

1 A New Day Yesterday. 2 Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square. 3 Bouree. 4 Back To The Family. 5 Look Into The Sun. 6 Nothing Is Easy. 7 Fat Man. 8 We Used To Know. 9 Reasons For Waiting. 10 For A Thousand Mothers. 11 Living In The Past. 12 Driving Song. 13 Sweet Dream. 14 17. The group’s second album, with Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitars, keyboards, balalaika), Martin Barre (electric guitar, flute), Clive Bunker (drums), and Glen Cornick (bass), solidified their sound. There are still elements of blues present in their music, but except for the opening track, “A New Day Yesterday,” it is far more muted than on their first album — new lead guitarist Martin Barre had few of the blues stylings that characterized Mick Abrahams’ playing. Rather, the influence of English folk music manifests itself on several cuts, including “Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square” and “Look Into the Sun.” The instrumental “Bouree,” which could’ve passed for an early Blood, Sweat & Tears track, became a favorite concert number, with an excellent solo bit featuring Cornick’s bass, although at this point Anderson’s flute playing on-stage needed a lot of work. As a story-song with opaque lyrics, jarring tempo changes, and loud electric passages juxtaposed with soft acoustic-textured sections, “Back to the Family” is an early forerunner to Thick As a Brick. Similarly, “Reasons for Waiting,” with its mix of closely miked acoustic guitar and string orchestra, all hung around a hauntingly beautiful folk-based melody, pointed in the direction of that conceptual piece and its follow-up, A Passion Play. The only major flaw in this album is the mix, which divides the electric and acoustic instruments and fails to find a solid center, but even that was fixed on later CD editions. (The original LP had a gatefold jacket that included a pop-up representation of the band that has been lost on all subsequent CD versions, except for the Mobile Fidelity audiophile release.).

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