[Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.]
We continue today with Ashley Hutchings May 2001 notes in the insert of the expanded CD:
“What was possible for the five young men and one young woman of Fairport Convention at that time seemed very attractive indeed. We were professional musicians at a time when you could play exactly what you wanted, however experimental that might be, and be sure of an audience and even radio play.
“Radio play is certainly what we got. Loads and loads of it. Hard to believe in these days of corporate domination that the BBC handed out “live” recording sessions to anyone who had an unusual name or a manager who was prepared to ring up one of the sympathetic producers who, bless ’em, peopled the corridors and studios of the Beeb at that time. And don’t imagine that John Peel was the only person who played interesting music back then. There was a whole host of DJs (let’s call then Style Enthusiasts) who were ready to play whatever took their fancy.”
More next time.