Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
These are the notes from the original LP, faithfully reproduced in all the CD versions:
“Well – they don’t seem to do this covernote thing any more which is a bit sad as it’s not a bad thing to say something, even if it doesn’t amount to much. “This Was” was recorded at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London – a big sort of greenhouse place. The coffee machine didn’t always work and you had to watch out for the wires and things on the floor – very pleasant though, first thing in the morning. There we met Recording Engineer Victor Gamm who turned out to be all right too. He twiddled the magic knobs and bore up quite well under the strain.
“”This Was” was produced by Terry Ellis and Jethro Tull for Chrysalis Productions which is a bit of a joke really but Victor showed us which levers to pull and we had the whole thing going nicely towards the end.
“Cover concept by Terry Ellis and Ian Anderson with many thanks for the cover photograph by Brian Ward – he’s only a young lad but he does a fair snap.
“By way of explanation of interest as regards some of the songs – Move On Alone is one of Mick’s – it’s designed to be pleasant and loose – had weird trumpets and things arranged by David Palmer which we slipped on without Mick’s noticing. He (Mick) plays a nine-string guitar which is a twelve string guitar with three strings missing (or something). Serenade to a Cuckoo is this Roland Kirk one which is the first thing Ian learned to play on flute (so he says) – it’s probably all right. Dharma For One zooms along (you know?) – contains Claghorn (Jeffrey made it) and old Clive has a bit of a bash. Cat’s Squirrel is here because people like it. Terry has just muttered something about “representative of our musical style” (which is bull). A Song for Jeffrey – he is one of us but doesn’t really play anything – makes bombs and things. Round – musically goodbye or something – Ian (playing) on piano.
“This was commenced on Thursday 13th June and finished on Friday 23rd August (1968). This was how we were playing then – but things change. Don’t they [how very true!].”
The Collectors Edition CD packaging has this marvelous photo obviously taken at the same shoot as that at which the cover picture was taken, but here Ian Anderson is standing up, as is one of the dogs: