Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat.
The inside of the gatefold sleeve is a classic. The left half is completely taken up by a colour photograph of the band in a darkened room, surrounded by candles and each holding a candle.
In this respect, it is similar to the cover of the first Edgar Broughton Band LP “Wasa Wasa”, which came out a few months later in 1969.
However, the right half is given over almost entirely to Mick Abrahams’ humour.
In a column of 4 black and white photos down the left side are pictures of the 4 guys, in each case aged somewhere between 6 and 10. To the right of these photos is a considerable amount of text, almost all written by Mick Abrahams in April 1969, which kicks off in large type like this:
“To start these cover notes let me say that if the album sleeve does not appeal to your taste, take a pair of scissors and cut in a straight line down the centre fold, open record insert fully and there you have two gay party hats. After you’ve had your party (you rascals I knew you would) place record on player take a large hammer and in a fit of frenzied anger completely destroy the record, (take extreme care not to damage player) this task completed, go straight to your record dealer and buy another, which ensures one more sale and probably relieves a lot of tension on your part. Anyway not to worry they’ll find a cure for us someday, and in the meanwhile I will endeavour to explain the album in my best fashion.”
Under each “boy” pic is the name and function, in descending order as follows:
Mick Abrahams Guitar, vocals, seven-string slide guitar
Jack Lancaster Flute, violin, tenor sax, baritone sax, soprano sax.
Andy Pyle Electric bass, six-string bass
Ron Berg Drums