Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat.
I bought this LP new, so it came with the “palm tree” label.
This has to be, by far, the most beautiful LP cover ever. The front shows a lovely, brilliantly covered painting of a male figure of Indian appearance, seated in the lotus position, on a blue background, with mountains in the distance. I have always taken this to be a traditional depiction of the Hindu god Krishna, but I stand to be corrected on this. In small yellow letters at the top left is “Quintessence” and at the top right “In Blissful Company”.
The back cover shows a pastel coloured pattern of lines and curved delta shapes radiating out from a tiny white 6 point star in the very centre, in which there is an even smaller white circle. In the delta shape at the bottom, in the middle, appear the white “i” symbol, and beneath that, in tiny white letters, “island records ltd basing street london w11”. Beneath that, so low as to be on the edge, can be seen “Printed and Made by E.J. day, London”.
The inner sleeve is itself a work of art. This is the front:
The writing at the top comprises two bits from poets:
“He who bends to himself a joy doth the winged life destroy, but he who kisses the joy as it flies is eternity’s sunrise BLAKE
“On Monday, when the sun is hot, I wonder to myself a lot; Now is it true, or is it not, that what is which and which is what? MILNE”
This is the back:
Here, there is a single line quoting another poet:
“Suns that set may rise again, but if once we lose that light, ’tis with us perpetual night JOHNSON”
Inside, there is a veritable book of stuff…