Buyng the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Well, I listened to the whole CD again, and I have to admit it does get better each time. The tracks are cleverly put together and are in fact a very varied bunch, and quite attractive in their way. With the wonderful benefit of hindsight, it is a pity that the sampled track chosen was “Gasoline Alley”; this is the funkiest, jazziest track on the album, and to my teenage ears heavily reminiscent of Reginald Dixon, and it stuck out like a sore thumb on the sampler. If any of the other tracks had been picked, the band’s appeal might have been wider.
Anyway, back now to the notes written by Fred “Kermit” Dellar in November 1995 in the CD insert:
“Well-received but hardly a chart dominator, “Out Of The Frying Pan” was followed by “Into The Fire” [also the title of the Deep Purple song from their 1970 LP “Deep Purple In Rock” which was sampled on “Picnic”; see way above in this blog.], recorded by much the same band, with Mick Weaver and Chris Mercer producing. This time around, most of the tracks were originals in jazz-rock vein and less commercial than on previous outings. When it came to release time, Island passed, licensing the album instead to America’s UA Records.”