Once again today, a few more words from David Suff’s notes in the insert that comes with the expanded CD:
“Recording sessions for the album began at Chelsea’s Sound Techniques studio in mid-March 1971. Sandy gathered together a trusted cast of new and old friends; calling upon the members of Fotheringay – Gerry Conway, Pat Donaldson, Jerry Donahue and Trevor Lucas- together with Robin and Barry Dransfield, Ian Whiteman and Roger Powell from Mighty Baby, and Royston Wood from the Young Tradition. Richard Thompson played guitar and helped shape the album’s sound with Sound Techniques’ supremo John Wood. The album’s working title was “Slapstick Tragedies”, for, as Sandy told Melody Maker editor Ray Coleman: “I rather like that title because it’s a compromise: instead of slapstick comedies, I thought of tragedies because I’m no comedian in my music. Most of my songs seem pretty traumatic, pretty serious. I can’t sing happy songs.”“.