Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
We continue this time with Ian Anderson’s notes in the insert with the Collectors Edition of the CD:
“I pushed for the album title This Was to make some kind of statement regarding the temporary nature of the band’s then musical style and in the hope that we might move on from the musically limiting blues-based tunes to incorporate the other influences which I was assimilating from various sources.
“As it turned out, like his prophetic song, it was Mick Abrahams who was to move on alone after the ten months during which his musical skills and showmanship did so much to establish the early credentials of our little band.
“The support of Marquee Club manager, John Gee and BBC Radio DJ John Peel were [sic] of enormous help in spreading the word and giving us the opportunity to find a wider audience.
“Among the bonus tracks on this edition, tribute number One For John Gee speaks for itself while the first Tull single Love Story, recorded late in 1968, marked the end of the Abrahams era in the studio. A Christmas Song was mostly my own performance together with a string quartet accompaniment arranged and conducted by David Palmer in the spirit of more eclectic things to come in the following year with the second album Stand Up.”
Next time we finish Ian Anderson’s notes. Meanwhile, here is another pic from the CD insert: