Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat.
I bought this LP new, so it came in the black inner sleeve, with the “palm tree” label.
The front cover is one of the most striking of the Nice Enough to Eat stable, being a print of a painting by M. Escher, an artist with a reputation for doing tricks with perspective. This shows lizards emerging from and re-entering a drawing of interlocking lizard shapes. It is an extremely evocative and thought-provoking picture. The only writing is “Mott the Hoople” at the top right, just to the left of the “open book” feature of the picture.
The back cover of the gatefold shows a copy of one of the lizards, coloured green, with its tail in its mouth, on a grey background faintly patterned with tightly close vertical black lines. The only other features are deliberately small, being “STEREO ILPS 9108” in the top left, and at central bottom the white “i” and the Basing Street address.
The inside of the gatefold is black and white, showing a large photograph of the 5 members of the band, each standing side on to the camera, alternating left to right left, right, left, right, left. The fifth member is, uniquely, turned full face to the camera, looking over his left shoulder. The second member from the left is identifiable as Ian Hunter, with his trade mark dark glasses.
At the top in white writing are track details, band details, credits, and date of recording as July 1969.