I am copying this recent post now by way of a little reminder about Marc Bolan. My next post will be a bit of a tribute to him.
Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
This will be the last post on this album, but I have decided to do a few more posts on Jethro Tull before getting to the celebrated final album featured on the sampler.
I return today briefly to those bonus tracks on CD Two.
“One For John Gee” is a short jazz instrumental, by the way, and frankly not really very much to my taste at all; I hope John Gee liked it.
Anyway, it all got me thinking about when I first acquired recordings of these tracks, and my first idea related to an LP called “Rare Tracks”, which I bought new in the latter part of the 1970s:
As you can see, on of the artists included on the record is “Jethro Toe”. The album came out on the Polydor label:
It is an interesting LP, because it does what it says on the tin; for example, The High Numbers changed their name to The Who not long after recording the sampled track “Zoot Suit”. Our interest today, however, is of course the Jethro Toe tracks:
As can be seen, Jethro Tull’s first single was called “Aeroplane”, with “Sunshine Day” at the B side, but on this record the group was “mistakenly credited as “Jethro Toe” “. These are both very respectable blues influenced pop songs. “Sunshine Day”, probably indeed the better track, is one of the bonus tracks on CD Two.
[Diverting briefly here, if you look closely at the John’s Children track “Desdemona”, you will see that the band featured Marc Bolan on guitar. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his death, and after I finish the current project I intend to do a few posts on his Tyrannosaurus Rex days.]
Anyway, what about “Love Story” and “Christmas Song”? Here we leave “This Was”, but the next few posts, as I say, stay on Jethro Tull.