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JETHRO TULL – STAND UP – August 1, 1969
Tull’s Stand Up held a very special place in our Tribe as well as Tribes across the Nation.
There have been a lot of great opening tracks to many albums and the opening track of Stand Up is a true mind-blower.
“A New Day Yesterday” ratchets you in, lets go and watches you smash your head against the wall to bounce back and do it again! Yowza! It’s hard not to get whiplash from that opening riff and throughout the song!
Stand Up came on the scene with perfect timing; 1969 was a very exceptional year for 00individual, for as the best decade ever came to a close the world opened wide for fun, adventure and high times: graduated from High School in February, moved out with two best friends to the coolest beach pad, had two girl friends, a car, a motorcycle and a kick-ass job in an art department and took LSD for the first time (had experienced Mescaline and everything else except LSD, Cocaine, Heroin and Pretty Cool Pot), – life was excellent, life was magical, life was surreal.
Being Hippies we got into all aspects of the Counter Culture, which meant everything was accepted, nothing was ridiculed – guys would still rank on each other, that was normal – but across the board we were still The Love Generation, really, for as long as it lasted, which was for a while. And “for a while” means that the good vibes continued to varying degrees for years past the Summer of Love. Strict heads, like Peter Fonda, narrow it down to the 18 months prior to the Summer of Love of 1967.
But for 00individual hearing the Beatles in ’64 at 13, Hendrix in ’67 at 16, and Pink Floyd (in concert, front row center!) in ’75 at 24 is a clear decade’s worth of unrelenting creative activity and peak times of Novelty – 00individual’s appreciation for the vibe spread out across those years.
In 1966, we were Dead Center Prime for Fun, and a typical example was the first of many full-blown Renaissance Pleasure Faires that took place on the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, CA, just a short hop over the Santa Monica mountains from 00individual’s home town of Westchester, the “Home of L.A.X.”
The Faire was a great fun attraction for all of us Hippies and in later years coincided with the zeitgeist of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film, “Romeo and Juliet”, which had one of the most classic and memorable romantic themes of any film. Take a girl to see the film and good lovin’ was guaranteed. Seriously.
And this was the era of JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” books, we read a lot back then and it was one of the Culture’s must-reads. This Tolkien mania extended to the fact that everyones’ dog or cat was named Frodo or Gandalf or some other LOTR characters’ name.
What does any of this have to do with Jethro Tull?
A lot, actually. Named after an 18th-century agriculturist, Tull’s unique sound of their debut album, “This Was”, became even more esoteric with Blues Rock guitarist Mick Abrahams’ departure and Ian Anderson’s flute and jazz, and yes, Renaissance / Medieval-esque influence.
Jethro Tull struck a deep-seated desire for their unique musical blend, sounds we had never heard before – or had we?
We hadn’t – BUT the eclectic vibe at the 338 Pershing Drive beach pad that fall/winter of ’69 had the frequent late night very cool flute vibe of the “Herbie Mann Live at the Village Gate” album, side one, preferably, – a perfect choice, before, during, and after, not limited to, but including, a righteous bowl of hashish . . .
So the blend of Rock accented by Ian’s flute riffing and a still as yet indefinable genre for this fine band delivered yet another fresh creative impressive entry into what now had become, dare it be said, Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven. We wuz blessed.
Stand Up became a unique imprint of a social state of mind, body, spirit and sound –
the sound of Jethro Tull’s rockin’ stand out album:
All songs written by Ian Anderson unless otherwise indicated.
1. “A New Day Yesterday” 4:10
2. “Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square” 2:12
3. “Bourée” (instrumental, J. S. Bach arr. Anderson) 3:46
4. “Back to the Family” 3:48
5. “Look into the Sun” 4:20
6. “Nothing is Easy” 4:25
7. “Fat Man” 2:52
8. “We Used to Know” 4:00
9. “Reasons for Waiting” 4:05
10. “For a Thousand Mothers” 4:13
vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, Hammond organ, piano, mandolin, balalaika, mouth organ
Martin Lancelot Barre
electric guitar, flute
Yet another ’69 historical event:
If there is one truth 00individual has learned in this life,
it is that no matter how small or large,
“Nothing Is Easy”.
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