A Strange Affair – the Sixties Recordings by John’s Children

A Strange Affair - The Sixties Recordings by John's Children
A Strange Affair - The Sixties Recordings by John's Children

John’s Children were a quintessential cult 1960s Mod/Psych band, controversial, sharply dressed and subsequently the stuff of legend.

The band were fronted by Andy Ellison (later with Jet and Radio Stars) and boasted Marc Bolan within their ranks during their short life.

A Strange Affair includes John’s Children entire releases between 1966 and 1970.

This all-encompassing collection includes: two singles original released on EMI’s Columbia label: ‘The Love I Thought I’d Found’ and ‘Just What You Want – Just What You Get’;four singles for The Who’s Track Records: ‘Desdemona’, the legendarily withdrawn ‘Midsummer Night’s Scene’, ‘Come And Play With Me In The Garden’ and ‘Go-Go Girl’; as well as their ‘mock-live’ album Orgasm! which was belatedly issued on the US label White Whale in 1970.Along with Andy Ellison’s subsequent solo singles ‘It’s Been A Long Time’ (Track), ‘Fool From Upper Eden’ (CBS) and ‘You Can’t Do That’ (SNB); and three tracks recorded by pre-John’s Children band The Silence. All this plus a raft of rare and previously unissued alternative versions and mixes.

This 2-CD set release by Grapefruit Records via Cherry Red Records of A Strange Affair – The Sixties Recordings by John’s Children has been compiled with help from Andy Ellison with detailed sleeve-notes by their manager Simon Napier-Bell.

DESDEMONA
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jwct8twEIo

SINGLES & RARITIES
1.    THE LOVE I THOUGHT I’D FOUND
2.    STRANGE AFFAIR
3.    JUST WHAT YOU WANT – JUST WHAT YOU’LL GET
4.    BUT SHE’S MINE
5.    DESDEMONA
6.    REMEMBER THOMAS À BECKET
7.    MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE
8.    SARA, CRAZY CHILD
9.    COME AND PLAY WITH ME IN THE GARDEN
10.    GO-GO GIRL
11.    JAGGED TIME LAPSE
12.    ARTHUR GREEN (credited to Andy Ellison)
13.    IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME (Andy Ellison solo)
14.    FOOL FROM UPPER EDEN (Andy Ellison solo)
15.    ANOTHER LUCKY LIE (Andy Ellison solo)
16.    YOU CAN’T DO THAT (Andy Ellison solo)
17.    CORNFLAKE ZOO (Andy Ellison solo)
18.    HELP! (Andy Ellison solo)
19.    CASBAH CANDY (Andy Ellison solo)
20.    HIPPY GUMBO (Andy Ellison solo)
21.    DOWN DOWN (by The Silence)
22.    COLD ON ME (by The Silence)
23.    FORGIVE ME IF I’M WRONG (by The Silence)
24.    MUSTANG FORD
25.    NOT THE SORT OF GIRL YOU TAKE TO BED
26.    SALLY WAS AN ANGEL (Vocal)

Smashed! Blocked!
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vDOY8Ga9wc

DISC 2: ORGASM + BONUS TRACKS
1.    KILLER BEN
2.    JAGGED TIME LAPSE
3.    SMASHED! BLOCKED!
4.    YOU’RE A NOTHING
5.    NOT THE SORT OF GIRL
6.    COLD ON ME
7.    LEAVE ME ALONE
8.    LET ME KNOW
9.    JUST WHAT YOU WANT – JUST WHAT YOU’LL GET
10.    WHY DO YOU LIE

Hippy Gumbo
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaHQ8D1LbTI

BONUS TRACKS
11.    STRANGE AFFAIR (Alternative Mix)
12.    BUT SHE’S MINE (Alternative Mix)
13.    THE LOVE I THOUGHT I’D FOUND (First Version)
14.    DESDEMONA (“Why do you have to lie” Version)
15.    REMEMBER THOMAS À BECKET (Alternative Version)
16.    MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE (Alternative Version)
17.    SARA, CRAZY CHILD (German Single Version)
18.    JAGGED TIME LAPSE (Alternative Version)
19.    IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME (Andy Ellison solo, Stereo Mix)
20.    YOU CAN’T DO THAT (Acetate Version, Andy Ellison solo)
21.    HIPPY GUMBO (Marc Bolan Vocal)
22.    NOT THE SORT OF GIRL YOU TAKE TO BED (Alternative Version)
23.    SALLY WAS AN ANGEL (Instrumental)
24.    COME AND PLAY WITH ME IN THE GARDEN (Instrumental)
25.    THE PERFUMED GARDEN OF GULLIVER SMITH (Instrumental)
26.    MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE (Alternative Mix)

This 2-CD set release by Grapefruit Records via Cherry Red Records of A Strange Affair – The Sixties Recordings by John’s Children was released on 25th November, 2013.

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