Island Samplers – more than your money’s worth in old pence

Island sampler You Can All Join In front cover

In the early 1970s, inspired by the success of CBS’s The Rock Machine and The Rock Machine Turns You On, many record companies started putting out budget-price samplers. Island Records made some of the most popular samplers, and the Island samplers are still regarded with affection and listened to today. Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Traffic, … Read more

Jethro Tull – flute dervish

1970 lineup Jethro Tull (pxfuel)

Like a drooling maniac in a dirty old man coat, Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull managed for a brief time to unite the prog heads and Top of the Pops boppers with some exquisite singles that still sound fresh today. Tear Gas does Tull I first heard a Jethro Tull song some time before I’d heard … Read more

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