Jethro Tull's second album, Stand Up, marked an early turning point for the band with the addition of guitarist Martin Barre along with Ian Anderson's introduction of folk-rock influences to the group's blues-based sound. Released in the summer of 1969, Stand Up rose quickly to the top of the U.K. Albums Chart, and eventually earned gold certification in the U.S.
Stand Up was the first album where Anderson controlled the music and lyrics, resulting in a group of diverse songs that ranged from the swirling blues of "A New Day Yesterday" and the mandolin-fueled rave-up of "Fat Man," to the group's spirited re-working of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Bouree in E Minor." Anderson has called Stand Up as his favorite Jethro Tull album, "because that was my first album of first really original music. It has a special place in my heart."
This new 180g vinyl pressing features Steven Wilson's 2016 remix of the 1969 classic packaged in a replica gatefold cover with the iconic 'pop-up' Jethro Tull image designed by James Grashow.