Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Today we again continue with the notes written by Patrick Cambell-Lyons, from where we left off last time; and at this point he talks about that extraordinary photograph that adorns the front cover of the sampler:
“It was between seven and nine in the morning, sometime in November 1968 [actually I think it was early January 1969] and I remember the colour of the sunlight on hard sparkling frost. Hyde park, London looked beautiful but it was bitterly cold, one of those mornings described by a cousin of mine as “more running noses than standing pricks”.
“There was a lot of army coats and woolly hats around and I remember thinking “why was Jim Capaldi wearing sunglasses?” One of the Island secretaries turned up with tea and sandwiches and a number of combustibles were being dragged around. Aubrey Powell, the photographer, arrived with a big step-ladder, perched himself on top like a hawk against the sky and requested the group Free to stand at the front because of their lack of height. The incredible thing about this crazy scenario [quite!] was that Chris Blackwell had only said it once…..”Try and be there”, but everybody believed in Island’s “You can all join in” and to a man we were all there…..even to a woman, Sandy Denny, the only ambassador of the fairer sex.”
Marvelous stuff, from an actual eye witness.
More next time.