Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
We continue now with the music on this album, staying at present with the tracks on the original LP:
Side 1 ends with the jazziest track on the record, which is largely instrumental apart from a few non-verbal vocals from Ian Anderson as part and parcel of the flute solo which the piece essentially comprises. This is “Serenade To A Cuckoo” (6.07 minutes). It is basically a homage to Roland Kirk, but is still distinctly tinged with rock overtones. Mick Abrahams is clearly very much at home with this one, using many flattened 9th and flattened 13th chords in his guitar accompaniment. It is not unpleasant to listen to, and I speak as one who hates jazz.
Side 2 opens with the drum solo number, “Dharma For One” (4.13 minutes). This is OK as drum solos go, and the other bits are fine Jethro Tull licks.
Track 2 is “It’s Breaking Me Up” (5.01 minutes). This is a beautifully sleazy, slow, drawn out blues with a heavy beat, and again Ian and Mick share the vocals, harmonising more or less throughout.
Next time, we finish with the LP tracks.