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“You Can All Join In” was a budget priced sampler album, released in the UK by Island Records in 1968. It was priced at 14 shillings and 6 pence (£0.72), and reached no. 18 on the UK Albums Chart that year

It was arguably instrumental in breaking world-class bands such as Free, Jethro Tull and Traffic to a wider audience. It represented one of the most unexpected marketing triumphs of the age — an (admittedly budget-priced) gathering of underground unknowns riding the label’s own reputation for keeping its finger on the pulse, and out-performing many of the era’s bona fide superstars. Wynder K. Frog, Art, Tramline, Clouds these were not names one normally expected to find hogging the number 18 slot on the chart.

Yet, place familiarity (or the lack thereof) aside, and You Can All Join In is one of those seamless compilations that simply cannot be improved upon. A dozen tracks highlight the best — and that is the best — of Island Record’s recent and forthcoming output, from much-anticipated debut albums by Jethro Tull, Free, and Spooky Tooth to the sophomore effort by Fairport Convention. There’s also a healthy taste of the label’s most-successful-so-far signing, Traffic, as a leaf from Steve Winwood’s back pages — the Spencer Davis Group’s “Somebody Helps Me” joins Tramline’s cover of “Pearly Queen” and Traffic’s own “You Can All Join In” (yes, indeed, this collection’s title track). 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 .

The early ’70s were the golden age of British record-label samplers, with Island themselves following through with three, Vertigo weighing in with the legendary “Suck It and See”, and CBS’ redoubtable Fill Your Head With Rock ranking among a myriad others. None, however, echoed either the success or the resonance of You Can All Join In. 

The Cover 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. The rear cover consists merely of a track listing and monochrome images of the covers of eight of the sampled albums .

  1. Clive Bunker, 2 Neil Hubbard, 3 Gary Wright 4 Glenn Cornick 5 Bruce Rowland 6 Martin Barre 7 Mick Weaver 8 Ian Anderson 9 Patrick Campbell-Lyons 10 Ashley Hutchings  11 Alex Spyropoulos 12 Chris Wood 13 Richard Thompson 14 Ian Matthews 15 Steve Winwood 16 Ian A. Anderson 17 Jim Capaldi 18 Mike Harrison 19 Martin Lamble 20 Simon Nicol  21  Harry Hughes 22 Rebop Kwaku Baah 23 Chris Mercer 24 Simon Kirke 25 Paul Rodgers 26 Billy Ritchie  27 Andy Fraser 28 Ian Ellis 29 Sandy Denny

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).

Side One

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

Side Two

  1. “Meet on the Ledge”Fairport Convention – (from What We Did on Our Holidays) (ILPS 9092)
  2. “Rainbow Chaser”  Nirvana – (from All of Us) (ILPS 9087)
  3. “Dusty”  John Martyn – (from The Tumbler) (ILPS 9091)
  4. “I’ll Go Girl”  Clouds – (from Scrapbook) (ILPS 9100)
  5. “Somebody Help Me”  Spencer Davis Group – (from The Best of the Spencer Davis Group) (ILPS 9070)
  6. “Gasoline Alley”  Wynder K. Frog – (from Out of the Frying Pan) (ILPS 9082)
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If you’re in or around the Yorkshire area or even farther afield, I feel quite honoured to be asked to play at this very special event on the 27th of June. A certain Must to catch the incredible Blue Rose Code.

There will be special guests and it’ll be a grand ol’ knees up, lots of JM songs performed. Fans, musicians, everyone is invited to come and play and share the big man’s music. Sessions, workshops, all that good stuff. Really can’t wait.

A Very Rare & Special Night, When Close Friends & John Martyn performed in a small venue The Lerwick Folk Club with 280 seats which then became A Part Of Musical History with Stamping Feet On A Foggy Night In August at The Garrison Theatre, Lerwick, in The Shetlands.  John Martyn “Time Will Break Your Heart, Your Love Will Carry On”.

John Martyn – May You Never performed on the [1973] Old Grey Whistle Test, John Martyn was one of the UK’s most respected singer-songwriters. Born Iain David McGeachy in 1948 he changed his name to John Martyn when he took his first tentative steps in the folk clubs of Glasgow and London in the mid 1960s. He soon came to the attention of Chris Blackwell at Island Records who signed him to the label in 1967.” May You Never” is one of the best of John Martyn.

Words by Robin Frederick, John Martyn recorded my song “Sandy Grey” on his first solo album, a generous act that helped to give me the confidence to keep on writing. I wanted to close the circle… from 1967 to 2009. Yes, I did write the song originally for Nick although it’s not specifically “about” him – there are no biographical details in that song! It was more about an emotional reaction to something he did. I met John Martyn shortly afterwards and played the song for him . He quickly decided to put it on the “London Conversation” album which he was then recording. It was an impulsive and generous thing to do which was very much John’s style, even then at 18 years old we were friends. John’s beautiful song “Solid Air” was written for a Nick. If you’re interested, you can find out more in Patrick Humphries’ biography of Nick Drake.

“Sandy Grey” (Acoustic Mix)” by Robin Frederick

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this gorgeous cover version from Edinburgh born Ross Wilson, aka Blue Rose Code with bass player Danny Thompson,always at the edge of Contempoary Folk sounds like a meeting between John Martyn and Van Morrison. Blue Rose Code previously toured with Lau and recently co headlining with Bella Hardy. His second album “The Ballad Of Peckham Rye” was released recently