For a change we’re not having a Lucky Thirteen post. I don’t seem to have bought a new CD for a while so I went mad and spent £1.99 on a 10 track sampler album. It was the least I could do in these times of austerity to do my bit towards kick-starting the British economy.
I like sampler CDs, and so do many others. I always have since the days of Bumpers, Nice Enough To Eat, You Can All Join In, The Rock Machine Turns You On etc. If you remember these albums you are over 60 or a rock music historian! (I started a mini project a little while ago to recreate some of these samplers in mp3 downloads. I really must get round to finishing it.)
The rationale for releasing samplers was and is to encourage listeners to discover new music and to go on to support the artists by buying their full albums and attending their gigs. It did work in the past and I’m sure that it works today. So go on, do your bit to kick-start the British economy, and support these artists in a club, pub, concert hall or festival and / or in the privacy of your own home.
On with the music; I’ve chosen Sweet Thames Flow Softly by Jon Boden with Sam Sweeney. I Love this song, this is a great version and a song set in London seems timely just prior to the start of London 2012.