Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Looking at the CD insert, I think I was wrong in saying the group must have split up before the sampler came out (in early 1969). The dates given for the albums, in small print, are 1969 and 1971, suggesting that “Watercolour Days” was the second album, and dates from 1971. Interestingly, the sampler gives the name of the LP as “Clouds”, but the sampled track undoubtedly comes from “Scrapbook”. Incidentally, the legend along the bottom of the front cover seems to read “Riches in search of a place to belong, such are memories, such are songs.”.
The group comprised three chaps, as given for the “Scrapbook” LP:
“HARRY HUGHES: Drums
IAN ELLIS: Bass guitar, acoustic guitar, lead vocals, occasional backing vocals
BILLY RITCHIE: Hammond organ, piano, acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals
Bass guitar on “Old Man”
Lead vocals on “Grandad”, “Union Jack” and “Ladies And Gentlemen”.
Further credits on the record go like this:
“On Grandad”, Harry, Terry, David and Roadie Don give vocal support
Orchestrations written and conducted by David Palmer
Original cover design by John Williams
Photographs by Brian Ward
Reprographics [sic] by CLE
Engineered by Andy Johns at Morgan Studios, London
Remastered at Sound Recording Technology, Cambridge by Billy Ritchie and Nick Watson
Produced by Terry Ellis
This is our scrapbook, people places and songs from the past, different moods, different ideas – an explanation of influences on what is to come”
These details are reproduced on the first inner page of the CD insert, which also has this sepia photo of the group in conversation with Terry Ellis, bearing the legend “RECORDING WITH TERRY – THE FIRST PERSON TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE WANTED TO PLAY OUR OWN THING”:
More next time.