Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat.
Some I bought new, some second hand. Amongst those I got second hand was Free’s second, eponymous album. This meant I got it on the pretty pink label with the white “i”.
The cover of this record is one of the most evocative ever. The front is wholly taken up by a photograph of a naked lady leaping, but taken on a sunny day from ground level looking straight up, so the picture is not remotely pornographic.
The whole of the inside of the gatefold is taken up by a panoramic black and white photo of a beach scene, which features a naked lady (presumably the same one), kneeling behind a pile of building bricks, so that only her upper half is visible. Four of the bricks display one member of the band each, and she is holding that of Paul Rodgers in such a way that her arms discreetly cover her breasts.
The back cover shows a photo identifying each member of the group, and has a more or less conventional track listing, production details, etc.
Free, free as the air, indeed. This was a far cry from the morbid theme of the first LP.