[Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”].
The original notes on the LP sleeve were written by Joe Boyd in August 1987:
“I guess I have to take part of the blame. I mean, as an American, my view was that Americans did these songs better in their sleep than any English band could hope to. I felt the Fairport should use their considerable talents in developing their own material and becoming, well, as English as possible. Thus I discouraged committing most of the above songs to vinyl back in 1967 and 1968. I have never been a great one for giving audiences what they want – give them what they ought to have is my motto. The fact that everyone seemed to enjoy these songs immensely at gigs cut no ice with me. Which is not to say that the Fairport themselves were clamouring to record “Gone, Gone, Gone” on Unhalfbricking. There was just general agreement that these songs weren’t as important as the material that was recorded. Twenty years on, however, there is no escaping the sheer enjoyment of these tracks and the spirit of the early Fairport days they invoke. And of course, I am now forced to admit it is hard to find an American band that can do these songs equal justice.
JOE BOYD August 1987″.