Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Track 6 (17 on the CD) is “I Know Better Than You”. This is a very good song, with harmonised vocals much in the style of Jon Anderson et al in the earliest days of the group that called itself “Yes”. It is a syncopated, Hammond organ driven rocker, but much easier on the ear than similar romps by the band.
Track 7 is another splendid song, called “Leavin'”, but this is a slow, quiet one with a solo first stanza and then harmonised vocals throughout the rest. It is great stuff, with a soaring finale, telling of lost love and consequent sadness, featuring the refrain: “You’re leavin’, believin’ to find someone better”.
Track 8 is the penultimate song on the LP, titled “Get Off My Farm”, and is a minor key thing designed successfully to create a profound sense of unease. A bass intro leads into threatening vocals, with a disturbing melody and eerie harmonies. It is a very effective composition, but by no means unpleasant to listen to.
The album ends with Track 9, “I Am The Melody”. This is a lively, gleeful pop song, with a busy, light instrumental middle 8, all done in the inimitable and unique style of the band. It makes an absolutely perfect cadence to the LP.
Here we leave Clouds; next time, onto another group sampled on “You Can All Join In”.