March 17, 2021


I had a post a while back about how music the Boomers love is disappearing, and how most of the music from the 1960s and 1970s is drek. This song isn't drek, but it still proves my point.

The artist is Jethro Tull, and the song is "Bourée." If you are a fan of Jethro Tull you know this song. It has been a staple in their live performances. It is wonderful. But it didn't meet the expectations of 1969 or 1970, and so when it was released as a single it flopped. The other single released at about the same time as this album, "Living in the Past" hit number 11 on the Billboard Charts, but this song couldn't break into the top 100. "Living in the Past" isn't too far out of the 1969 ordinary to appeal to a mass audience. This song would not have been a winner on American Bandstand.

This is "Bourée" by Jethro Tull from the 1969 album Stand Up. It is an adaptation of, or at least as salute to, "Bourrée in E minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach. The original was written for lute, and it is very popular with guitarists.

And yes I know, "Living in the Past" wasn't originally on the vinyl version of this album. It was held back and used as the title song to the album Living in the Past. It was included in the CD versions of the album Stand Up starting in 2001.

1 comment:

  1. A Favorite, I saw them in the late 70's. It's interesting I went to view their concert history and they have performed 2823 concerts since 1966. Check it out at


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