[Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.]
Track 11 is “Shattering Live Experience”. The title apparently comes from a description of a gig by the band from a member of the audience, and this one was written by the young Simon Nicol. It was recorded on 4 February 1969 for the Symonds On Sunday programme, and broadcast on 9 February 1969. It is a fantastic, laid back gem, and the quieter arrangement allows the sound of the vocals and Richard Thompson’s guitar to be heard much more clearly than one the other bits.
Track 12 was the one which closed Side 2 of the LP, and is “Percy’s Song”. This was recorded on 18 March 1969 at The Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, for John Peel’s Top Gear Show, and broadcast on 6 April 1969, the first day of the tax year then. It is a faithful rendition of the “Unhalfbricking” version, but for some reason has Richard Thompson on support vocals, and not Ian Matthews This is a little odd, as the studio version seems to have been the first track put down for “Unhalfbricking”, as it is the only one to feature Ian Matthews on that record, the rest apparently recorded after he had quit the group. Somewhere earlier in this blog, a few years ago, I know I tried to work out as exactly as I could when Ian Matthews left, and I think I had narrowed it down to some time in the first two weeks in April, but maybe he had left before 18 March; or else he was ill, otherwise disposed, or indeed in the throes of leaving.