Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Track 11 on the CD, which would have been Track 4 on Side 2 of the LP, is “Strong Love”. This is a jazzy pop song, and not a very good one, sounding a bit dated now. Nevertheless, it is still quite pleasant to listen to.
Track 12 is “Somebody Help Me” and was the track from the LP chosen for the sampler. It is brilliant. The fuzz lead and driving rhythm section keep the thing going with a vengeance, with resounding choruses from the whole group and Stevie Winwood doing some of the best vocals he ever did on the verses. It is a true classic, and it is easy to see why it was the sampled track. After all, the main purpose of the LP was to get people to buy the sampled albums, which certainly worked on me.
The penultimate track on this compilation album is unique, in that Spencer Davis does the lead vocal. It is a song called “She Put The Hurt On Me”. It is a pleasant, catchy pop song, with the whole group on the refrains.
The final track, Track 14, is odd by virtue of its title, which is “Goodbye Stevie”. The compilation was put together in 1967, which was the year Stevie Winwood quit the band to form Traffic; I cannot believe that this is no more than a starling coincidence, but if it wasn’t, it is unusual, if not indeed unique, for a departure to be noted in this way. Anyway, the song is a splendid rag-time piano blue-based romp, featuring the repeated phrases “I’m leaving baby” and “I’m goin’ away”. The effect is quite strange, though; what was going on? Stevie had been very much the Main Man in the group; did the others realise the game was up? Or what?
This brings us to the end of the posts on the sampled album, but I do have another Spencer Davis Group CD, which I think I’ll mention next time.