[Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.]
Track 4 is another one from the Judy Dyble days, and while not on the first LP, a version of it does appear as a bonus track on the expanded deluxe CD release of the first album:
This is “Reno, Nevada”, which was recorded on 27 December 1968 at Studio 4, Maida Vale for the David Symonds show broadcast on 10 January 1969. It is a racy minor key thing loosely based on a card game, and it has to be said that this version with Sandy Denny is much more appealing than the Judy Dyble one. It is slightly jazzy, but actually sounds great as performed by the “What We Did…” line up.
Similarly, Track 5 is from the early days, and appears as a bonus track on the expanded CD version of the first album (see above). This is Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne”, recorded on 26 August 1968 at Studio 1, 201 Piccadilly for John Peel’s Top Gear show broadcast on 29 September 1968. This is a truly entrancing rendition of the song. Ian Matthews is at his ephemeral best on lead vocal, with Sandy Denny on outstanding support, especially on a magical “call and response” middle 8.