Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
This was the second, eponymous LP by the band, the first having been “Mr. Fantasy”. I first acquired it second hand in the early 1970s:
I therefore got it on one of those lovely pink labels:
The cover is comparable to that of Quintessence’s “In Blissful Company” [see above], in that the gatefold sleeve encompasses a booklet of inner pages, to which we shall return in due course. Before doing that, however, let us savour that classical front cover, which is a luscious colour photo of the members of the band.
This was oddly the same as for the first LP, as Dave Mason had quit the group, but returned in time for the recording of this second LP. Not surprisingly, perhaps, he is the only one of the band not to feature on the front cover photo shoot of the sampler.
Chris Wood is the only one with a tie, and Jim Capaldi is the only one wearing sunglasses. Steve Winwood is identifiable as the one with a woolly hat. The group was shortly to collapse, when in 1969 Steve Winwood left to join Blind Faith, only to reform in 1970 with just these three chaps to make the truly astonishing LP “John Barleycorn”.
More next time.