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JOHN S CHILDREN “Smashed Blocked”
Format: 180 gram LP
An album collecting the material Marc Bolan recorded during his brief stint as lead singer of the short-lived (1966-68) mod psych band John-s Children, although perhaps better known for their image and stage antics than their actual music (apparently managing to upstage the kings of stage antics, the Who, and inspire generations of punk rockers). Their debut single “Smashed Blocked” was recorded by session men due to their lack of proficiency on their instruments, but by the time their second single “Just What You-ll Get” was released things were looking considerably up, featuring a solo by Jeff Beck on “But She-s Mine”, the single-s B-side. Bolan joined the group soon after and recorded the single “Desdemona” (banned by the BBC for its controversial lyrics). Of the 17 tracks present, a full 9 are either penned or performed by Marc Bolan. Although this band may only be a footnote in the annals of British freakbeat, original copies of the “Midsummer-s Night Scene” single have sold for $4,000! Includes printed innersleeve with liner notes.
Side A: 1. Smashed Blocked 2. Just What You Want - Just What You-ll Get 3. Strange Affair 4. But She-s Mine 5. Hippy Gumbo 6. Jagged Time Lapse 7. Midsummer Night-s Scene (alternative version) 8. Not The Sort Of Girl You Take To Bed 9. Mustang Ford
Side B: 1. The Love I Thought I-d Found 2. Remember Thomas A-Beckett 3. Come And Play With Me In The Garden (Inst)4. Daddy Rolling Stone (BBC) 5. Hot Rod Mama (BBC) 6. Perfumed Garden Of Gulliver Smith (BBC) 7. Jagged Time Lapse (BBC) 8. Sally Was An Angel (Inst)