8-16-12 Backtrack series (#1)
Kevin Ayers born 1944, jazz pianist Bill Evans born 1929
I have collected the UK Track Record Backtrack series for well over 40 years. Even their sampler albums were of interest to me. Volume 1 in the series was really cool:
MARSHA HUNT – Walk On Guilded Splinters
JIMI HENDRIX – Hey Joe
ARTHUR BROWN – Devil’s Grip
THE WHO – Pictures Of Lily
JIMI HENDRIX – All Along The Watchtower
JOHN’S CHILDREN – Desdemona (with Marc Bolan)
ARTHUR BROWN – Fire
THE WHO – I Can See For Miles
EIRE APPARENT – Follow Me
ANDY ELLISON – It’s Been A Long Time (John’s Children singer)
THE WHO – Call Me Lightning
JIMI HENDRIX – The Wind Cries Mary
Never could find the Track Record originals for Marsha Hunt. I even got her book, when I lived in England! “Hey Joe” is Jimi Hendrix’s debut UK 45, a cover version. “Devil’s Grip” is a non-LP Arthur Brown A-Side, and pretty great. “Pictures Of Lily” is a rockin’ Who 45! Never ever saw the John’s Children originals – the darn Marc Bolan fans snapped ‘em all up!
Arthur Brown’s “Fire” is, of course, the famous “I am the God of Hell, Fire!” proclamation! “I Can See For Miles” is a fantastic “The Who Sell Out” 45. Eire Apparent were an Irish band that were produced by Jimi Hendrix, though not sure if this track was. Andy Ellison is the John’s Children singer that wasn’t Marc Bolan – in the 70’s Mr. Ellison delighted us with Jet and The Radio Stars! “Call Me Lightning” is one of my favorite Who 45’s, I just love it! And “The Wind Cries Mary” is a decent Jimi Hendrix 45, but…he’s still on his way.
The Backtrack series LP’s sold in England in the early 70’s for a mere 99 pence; virtually the cost of a 45! The LP pressings were of the same quality of the normal Track Record UK releases. In other words, they were an exceptional deal – particularly when providing otherwise non-LP tracks, like “Devil’s Grip”!