Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
We continue today with Phil Sutcliffe’s notes from the insert from the expanded CD. We are just about to learn something about the production and naming of the album.
“Steeped in the gritty R&B spirit, they wanted to get their live set on tape quickly and cheaply. The budget was about £800 and the producer was Guy Stevens, whom Rodgers describes as a “mad genius”, a man whose wild-eyed enthusiasms made his comprehensive ignorance of studio technicalities utterly irrelevant. Incidentally, Stevens, an Island director, also named the album, the title a rarely noticed double meaning which refers to both Delta blues wailing and a Cockney phrase for “loads of money”.
“Historically, then, Tons Of Sobs is a document of Free’s first six months together. But, even now, there’s nothing fusty or academic about it. This was a declaration of something unplanned, unhyped, beyond genre, straight from the bloodstream.”
More from these splendid notes next time.