Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
This is a clever, witty “concept album”, and probably the best of this genre. It contains two songs about old men who are dead before each song ends, and as the album title suggests, the idea of the concept is indeed that of a scrapbook, something which many people kept in those days and before. I do not know if the habit continues now, but a scrapbook was a book, usually a large one in terms of length and breadth, of blank, usually pastel coloured pages, onto which the keeper glued various bits of personal memorabilia, such as photos, letters, newspaper cuttings, greetings cards, and the like.
The album begins and ends with a version of the title track, but lyrics are not given for the first one, being taken from the longer version at the end, for which the full lyrics are given. I think that tracks 1 to 6 on the CD would have comprised Side 1 of the LP, and those numbered 7 to 11 would have filled Side 2.
Track 1, as noted above, is a short version of the title song, and is here titled “Introduction – Scrapbook”. This is an absolutely brilliant kick off for the record, being a gentle, acoustic, dreamy song, and very pleasant indeed to listen to.
Track 2 could not be more different; this is “The Carpenter”, which is a frantic Hammond organ rocket of a thing, with a frenetic middle 8 on the bass guitar. The song concerns a bloke who has been deprived of his girl by a carpenter. This hits the singer like a “hammer on the head”, and the carpenter has “nailed” the girl. The song ends with this couplet:
“So, lie in your bed, the one that he made for you
Take him instead, you made your bed lie in it”.
Next time, onto Track 3.