One small project I have set myself is to recreate some of the sampler albums I listened to when I was a teenager. I haven’t made much progress but perhaps will resurrect the idea this winter. To give me some impetus I’ll post Roamin’ Thro’ the Gloamin with 40,000 Headmen by Traffic. I have it now on a Traffic compilation album The Collection but it was originally released as B-side to the “No Face, No Name, No Number” single in 1968 and then on their second album Traffic.
I first owned it on the Island sampler album Nice Enough to Eat. As an impoverished teenager sampler albums were a lifeline to my musical appetite. I could enjoy good music cheaply and go on to buy the crucial albums as and when I had the money. I have many fond, if fading, memories of hanging out with school-friends listening to these samplers – Nice Enough to Eat, You Can All Join In, Bumpers, The Rock Machine Turns You On etc. Happy days.