The Daily Cut: Jethro Tull “Bouree”

Jethro Tull: “Bouree”

ALBUM: Stand Up

YEAR: 1969

WRITERS: Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Ian Anderson

A concert and FM rock radio staple, it never was released as a single.

The popular Jethro Tull instrument “Bouree” has been a showcase for Ian Anderson’s flute at their shows since they recorded the Bach lute piece for their second album, Stand Up, in 1969. Guitarist Martin Barre explains the original reason they recorded it. “The idea was to have a long bass solo in it, and it was recorded live in the studio with a long bass solo. But I’m sure that it’s very obvious if you listen to the recording you can hear the ‘zoomp’ – you can hear the edit, a big chunk was taken out. But then, because Ian played flute it was a flute feature. I think it became memorable in America as a concert number.”

The second Jethro Tull album, Stand Up, hit number-one on the British album chart on August 9th, 1969.


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