Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
There will be a little more from the jottings in the album covers in due course, but now we start on the music.
Side 1 of the LP, being Track 1 on the CD, is “Sing A Song Of Summer”. This is a slightly frantic ditty, utterly unlike the sampled track “Dusty”, and served as a ridiculous warning to the teenager who bought the record that it was going to be bit of a dud. It is in fact clearly recognisable as being of the same genre as the stuff on the previous album “London Conversation”, and not a bad song at all.
Track 2 is “The River”. This is a much gentler song, with a brilliant flute accompaniment. Indeed, it is a truly excellent piece of music.
Track 3 is a splendid example of country blues, called “Goin’ Down To Memphis”, very reminiscent of the Mississippi John Hurt stuff on the “1928 Sessions” collection.
Track 4 was the one which really put me off the LP when I first bought it. This is an odd song called “The Gardeners”. Curiously, a song called “Mind Gardens” on the Byrds LP “Younger Than Yesterday” had a similar effect on me. It is very jerky a tends to the atonal, and here the flute accompaniment is anxious and disturbing. I have to say that even with all the passing years and decades, I still cannot warm to this song. It really is not very pleasant to listen to at all.
More next time.