[Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.]
Today we see the penultimate section of Ashley Hutchings’ notes in the insert which came with the expanded CD:
“The sound engineers too had an important part to play. Perhaps theirs was the hardest job because they had to produce top quality recordings in a limited amount of time, usually with out-dated equipment. Also these recordings had to be comparable to the latest releases by the musicians present. They were often great characters and some, like Pete Ritzema and Jeff Griffin, unsurprisingly went on to become producers themselves. It was these guys whom I would corner at a session and blag a tape copy from. Strictly speaking this went beyond their job description but I must have been pretty persuasive and they must have been pretty responsive as I was able to gather together quite a large collection of little tape boxes containing spools of 1/4″ tape. It was these that formed the basis of this compilation.”
Next time we have the final paragraph of these notes, at which singular point we briefly stray even further from the main current theme.