Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat.
The inside of this gatefold cover indeed comprises nothing less than an ornate 14 page booklet, of which pages 1 and 2 (i.e. what greets you when you first open the cover) is undoubtedly the most impressive. It is a huge panoramic black and white photo of 28 people lined up in a wood, with a huge tree behind them, in which perch a further 9 people, 8 of whom are children. There are also 2 dogs, although one of these is hardly visible. This is an astonishing photo, pure 1969, and presumably includes the band; there are some visual and written clues later in the booklet.
Pages 3 and 4 each have 3 black and white family snaps, again presumably showing the members of the band, each with his then nearest and dearest.
Pages 5 and 6 are largely taken up by a large black and white photo of a chap holding a flute, against the backdrop of a vast black starry sky. This I take to be Raja Ram, whom the credits give as the flute player. To the right edge of page 6 are the lyrics for “Manco Capac” and “Notting Hill Gate”, two of the songs from the album.
Page 6 also has a square cut out of the middle with sides of about 3 cm through which is visible a complex pattern.
Page 7, which of course has the same square cut out of it, has a large black and white photo of a chap playing a lead guitar; this would be Alan. On page 8 is a similar photo of the bass player, who must be Shambu. In the middle of this page a circle has been cut out of a size such as to touch the square at 4 points. This circular hole is surrounded by a circle of dots.