A chance for bands and singers to play songs from their new LP live, but unlike BBC2's
Colour me Pop which had trolled the album charts before them this would see each
band perform in front of an audience, and a typically British unresponsive one at
that. Produced by Granada legend Johnny Hamp the show was recorded at Granada's Quay
Street studios in Manchester and broadcast for twenty-
Hamp had invited Jethro Tull to be the first band to play, but they couldn't make it. Tull had, in a previous incarnation, appeared on Granada's talent show Firstimers back in 1968, a show also produced by Hamp. The Who and Ten Years After had also been approached, but had to say "no". Explaining the idea behind the show at the time Hamp said "we plan to feature intelligent and entertaining music by groups and artists who need more than a two minute spot to get themselves across."
First up were The Marmalade, eager to show their rock credentials in spite of their
natural pop sensibilities. Despite their insistence that they should now be taken
seriously as a band the first half of their set consisted of cover versions. The
surprise hit of the summer Mungo Jerry would follow, with Free performing a short
but blistering set on 24th July. Status Quo, a band in the middle of a career reviving
Producer Johnny Hamp would later complain to the Daily Mirror that despite the shows’ signings the series still wouldn’t be taken nationally on the ITV network "I’m signing up all the best music outfits and I can’t give the public a taste of it. There's a hell of a lot of good, trendy music going to waste, the talent is there but we can't expose it sufficiently."