Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull

To celebrate the release of Jethro Tull's "Stand Up" as a deluxe Collectors Edition (2CD/DVD), PlugInMusic.com is giving away a copy autographed by Ian Anderson to one lucky fan. Enter now for your chance to win!

"Stand Up" was Jethro Tull's second album, originally released in 1969. Ian Anderson plays 12 string guitar, flute and performs vocals, Martin Barre plays electric guitar, Clive Bunker on drums and Glenn Cornick on bass. Martin Barre replaces the original guitarist Mick Abrahams which many say gives "Stand Up" more of a folk feel than their debut album. Songs such as Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square and the classical Bach song: Bouree really show off this more folk sound. Bouree remains a favourite live track even today. In the liner notes for this release, Ian Anderson says this of the recording:

"In rehearsal and recording we all tried different approaches to the songs. Clive and Glen formed the basic backbone of the group leaving Martin and me to experiment a bit more with different sounds and, for the time, some radical techniques in sound recording. We often plugged instruments into the rotating Leslie speaker cabinet to treat the sound with the typical Hammond Organ-like tones. Martin's guitar in A New Day Yesterday was recorded with me standing on the guitar speaker cabinet, swinging a microphone, Roger Daltry-fashion around the outside to get a phasing, swirling sound for the main riff."

The bonus tracks on this release were recorded on Tulls first US tour and the singles, Living In The Past and Sweet Dream, later appeared on the Benefit album released in 1970.

The 1970 Carnegie Hall concert was a benefit show for a drug rehabilitation centre in New York City. It was a typical raucous Tull affair, drawing heavily on the Stand Up material as well as presenting a few new songs from Benefit. John Evan had joined the band by then and his Classical piano training is amply demonstrated in this live concert.

It was the songs from "Stand Up" that introduced Jethro Tull to the USA and Europe. For many it was their first taste of the eclectic style and varied material of Jethro Tull and was savoured by enthusiastic and growing audiences wherever they played. Many of these songs still form part of the rotating set lists of Jethro Tull concerts to this day.

In 2001 "Stand Up" was remastered and this version of the album provides us with the original part of the album on CD1. In this Collectors' Edition, we have added the John Peel Top Gear sessions as well as 2 US radio spots to the first disc. The second CD contains an edited version of the Live at Carnegie hall concert. The DVD contains that same audio, but completely unedited and in 5.1 surround sound (audio only), as well as a brand new interview with Jethro Tull. The original LP release also featured a pop-up element to the gatefold, which has been reinstated for the first time in this Collectors Edition.

Live at Carnegie Hall has not been released in it's entirety before and is also in a completely new mix. The DVD mix is completely unedited (1hr 42 mins). The CD mix is 79 minutes, but only the chat that has been edited.

Congratulations to the winner, Melinda Jones!