Monday, November 27, 2023

John's Children - A Strange Affair CD1+CD2 [2013] (2 x CDs)

Previously posted November 29, 2019

John's Children - A Strange Affair CD1+CD2 [2013] (2 x CDs)

 John's Children was the quintessential cult '60s mod/psych band, controversial, sharply dressed and subsequently the stuff of legend. The band was fronted by Andy Ellison (later with Jet and Radio Stars) and boasted Marc Bolan within their ranks during their short life. A Strange Affair for the first time boasts the entire Johns Children output between 1966 and 1970. The package includes two singles for EMI's Columbia label, four singles for The Who's label Track Records and their mock-live album Orgasm! Which was belatedly issued on US label White Whale in 1970. Also includes Andy Ellison's subsequent solo singles, three tracks by pre-Johns Children band The Silence, and a raft of rare and previously unissued alternative versions and mixes.

John's Children were a 60's Pop-Art-Mod-Psyche influenced group from Leatherhead, England. The group consisted of Andy Ellison on lead vocals, John Hewlett on bass guitar, Geoff McClelland on guitar, who was later replaced by Marc Bolan, and Chris Townson on drums. This excellent 2cd collection consists of all of the band's singles, as well as solo singles by Andy Ellison, alternate versions & mixes, instrumental tracks, as well as their infamous, much maligned "The Legendary Orgasm Album". Disc one consists of 26 tracks with a duration of nearly 70 minutes, while Disc 2 offers up a generous 75 minutes. So, there is much to discover and savor here for any fan of 60's Mod-Psyche tunes. (Amazon)






Track lists

CD1    Singles and Rarities:

01. The Love I’d Thought I’d Found
02. Strange Affair
03. Just What You Want- Just What You’ll Get
04. But She’s Mine
05. Desdemona
06. Remember Thomas A Becket
07. Midsummer Night’s Scene
08. Sara, Crazy Child
09. 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 (The Silence)
24. Mustang Ford
25. Not The Sort Of Girl You Take To Bed
26. Sally Was An Angel (Vocal)

CD2    Orgasm! and Bonus tracks:

01. Killer Ben
02. Jagged Time Lapse
03. Smashed! Blocked!
04. You’re A Nothing
05. Not The Sort Of Girl
06. Cold On Me
07. Leave Me Alone
08. Let Me Know
09. Just What You Want – Just What You Get
10. Why Do You Lie

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 A’ Beckett (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)



  1. I've heard some of this, my sister was a big Marc fan, so I'll give it a shot. Thanks BB

  2. Excellent.....September is always Marc month in my house...but any time is good!


    1. Hi Stephen.
      September is Marc Month. I like that.