I first came across the cover of this album on the back side of the cover of the Island sampler “Nice Enough To Eat”. Those album covers were a wonder to behold. The gaping tonsils on the fearsome face of “In the Court of the Crimson King”; the Escher “lizards” painting on “Mott the Hoople”; the pigs head with cans, shades and spliff on ” Ahead Rings Out”; the magnificent Hindu art on “In Blissful Company”; the girl on “Free”; and two old people standing on the pavement outside a garden fence on “Unhalfbricking”.
I fell in love with all these pictures at first sight, but none more so than “Unhalfbricking”. I had no idea who these old people were at that time, but clearly through the fence could be seen the group having a bit of a picnic on the lawn. As was the fashion at Island in those days, no writing appears on the front cover other than the Island stamp in the top right corner and the serial number, here “STEREO ILPS 9102”.