Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
We finish today with the tracks on the original LP:
Track 3 on Side 2 is “Cat’s Squirrel” (5.40 minutes), a track I had first come across on the first Cream LP, which I had acquired on the cheap “99” (because it cost only 99 pence) Polydor label as “Full Cream”.
It is of course a glorious rock’n’roll romp of a guitar solo, and was much loved by all rock audiences in the 1960s. Here it gets the distinctive “This Was” treatment, with Mick Abrahams clearly enjoying himself immensely.
Track 4 is the one selected for the sampler and also released as a single, as indeed were most of the tracks on the sampler. This is the truly brilliant “A Song For Jeffrey” (3.26 minutes). Ian Anderson’s vocals sound different here, as if sung in an echo chamber,and the effect is electrifying. The song has a natural urgency and is dramatic throughout. It is without doubt one of the very best pieces ever recorded by anyone.
The LP ends with Track 5, a short instrumental called “Round” (0.59 minutes). It does what it says on the tin. Anybody who has ever sung “Frere Jacques” will know how this works. It makes a good cadence to this remarkable LP.
Next time we shall look at how the Collectors Edition is put together, and start on the bonus tracks.