You Can All Join In

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You Can All Join In
Compilation album (Sampler) by Various Artists
Released Spring 1968
Recorded 1968
Genre Rock
Label Island IWPS 2
Producer Various
Series chronology
You Can All Join In
(1969)
Nice Enough to Eat
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

You Can All Join In is a budget priced sampler album, released in the UK by Island Records in 1969. It was priced at 14 shillings and 6 pence (£0.72), and reached no. 18 on the UK Albums Chart that year.[2]

It was arguably instrumental in breaking world-class bands such as Free, Jethro Tull and Traffic to a wider audience. The album is described at Allmusic.com as:[3]

"....one of those seamless compilations that simply cannot be improved upon. A dozen tracks highlight the best - and that is the best - of Island's recent and forthcoming output, from much-anticipated debut albums by Jethro Tull, Free, and Spooky Tooth to the sophomore effort by Fairport Convention."

It was combined with the follow-up, Nice Enough To Eat for a CD Re-release in August 1992 entitled "Nice Enough To Join In" (Island Records IMCD 150).

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "A Song For Jeffrey" (Anderson) – Jethro Tull – (Alternative mix, original version from This Was) (ILPS 9085)
  2. "Sunshine Help Me" (Wright) – Spooky Tooth – (from It’s All About Spooky Tooth) (ILPS 9080)
  3. "I’m a Mover" (Rodgers/Fraser) – Free – (from Tons of Sobs) (ILPS 9089)
  4. "What’s That Sound"[4] (Stills) – Art – (from Supernatural Fairy Tales) (ILP 967)
  5. "Pearly Queen" (Winwood/Capaldi) – Tramline – (from Moves of Vegetable Centuries) (ILPS 9095)
  6. "You Can All Join In" (Mason) – Traffic – (from Traffic) (ILPS 9081T)

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Meet on the Ledge" (Thompson) – Fairport Convention – (from What We Did on Our Holidays) (ILPS 9092)
  2. "Rainbow Chaser" (Spyropoulos/Campbell-Lyons) – Nirvana – (from All of Us) (ILPS 9087)
  3. "Dusty" – (Martyn) - John Martyn – (from The Tumbler) (ILPS 9091)
  4. "I’ll Go Girl" (Ritchie/Ellis/Hughes) – Clouds – (from Scrapbook) (ILPS 9100)
  5. "Somebody Help Me" (Jackie Edwards) – Spencer Davis Group – (from The Best of the Spencer Davis Group) (ILPS 9070)
  6. "Gasoline Alley" (Weaver) – Wynder K. Frog – (from Out of the Frying Pan) (ILPS 9082)

The album cover[edit]

Designed by Hipgnosis and although not as imaginative as some of their later work, the front cover photograph was taken in Hyde Park and is said to feature "every single one of the Island artistes ... bleary eyed after a party."[5] The rear cover consists merely of a track listing and monochrome images of the covers of eight of the sampled albums (Tracks 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 & 2.6).

Artists shown[edit]

Key to artists on the cover

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Martin Roach (ed.), The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7535-1700-0, p.346
  3. ^ You Can All Join In at Allmusic.com
  4. ^ This song is sometimes titled "For What It's Worth"
  5. ^ "creativematch: FEATURE: Meet the man who puts the creative spin on Island Records". www.creativematch.com. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  6. ^ "King Crimson to Bumpers - Island Rock LPs, Part 4". Record Collector (208): 125. 1996. 

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