Buying the albums sampled on “Picnic”; the final furlong.
I have bought many LPs by mail, but I looked forward to getting this one more than any other before. Part of the deal was that the chap in Canada would burn the LP onto a CD and send the CD with the record. Sure enough, within a few days the package arrived, just as promised.
On the sleeve of the CD my vendor had stuck a little advertising stamp for the album, which he had got from somewhere, which made the point that best known track on the LP was “Round and Round”, having appeared on the “Picnic” sampler.
The LP itself was instantly recognisable from the facsimile of the cover on the inside cover of the sampler, which is of course in black and white. The actual coloured front cover is an extraordinary blue and green “quasi-negative” photo, showing the band draped around an old railway wagon, with a bass banjo standing in the right foreground. The overall effect is very striking indeed. The back cover is a black and white drawing of the same scene, but shifted a few feet to the right, with no persons visible. More instruments are shown here, including an acoustic guitar, a bass drum, and, naturally, a jug.