Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
This is the last post quoting from Chris Welch’s notes in the CD insert of the first album “Somewhere Down The Line”. The section in question deals with the first two tracks on the LP, which as I mentioned above has always seemed to me to be wholly unexceptional. However, I am minded to listen to it again, just to remind myself of Track 2:
“Micky: “The music on this album is pretty much R&B, although John wanted to put in a couple of West Coast things. The first track “Harpoon Man” is about a guy who plays the harmonica. I did a Yardbirds style rave up on the guitar and John plays the harp. The second number “National Blues” is nothing to do with National Service. I’m playing a steel bodied National resonator guitar. I’d started to play slide guitar and tuned the guitar to the key of G.
“The folk singer Mike Absolom lent me his National steel guitar to play on this track. We had Bruce Thomas on double bass and we sounded like 60 year old black guys from the Mississippi, which is odd when you’re only 17 and from North Yorkshire. But it still sounds very authentic. After this I became quite well known as a slide guitar player.”
Next time, we at last come to my take on the music on “Moves…”.