Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat.
Continuing Mick Abrahams’ notes on the expanded CD:
“Thanks for buying this compilation as it will help give all the members of Blodwyn Pig who are still on the planet at the time of writing these notes, a little bit of a pension! If anyone really likes the album a lot, could you please buy it twice or even three times so that I’ll be able to go to the boozer more often. Lastly, if there is a very rich person out there who really likes us, could you please adopt me or send a lot of money (preferably cash) to the address shown on this cover.”
January 2006 England
To conclude the story of this remarkable LP, it should be noted that in addition to the 4 versions I have already mentioned, being a bit of a completist, I do have one other. This is a 180 gramme rerelease of the vinyl dating from 2006, on Tapestry Records of Germany. In common with a number of such rereleases from that time, it was a Limited Edition of 500 copies. It is a fairly good facsimile of the UK LP, though it was I think marketed at the time as being the US version. It was sold in sealed plastic with a label on the outside saying this:
Blodwyn Pig were formed by Jethro Tull’s original guitar player Mick Abrahams immediately following Tull’s initial release “This Was”. Abrahams split, but the group he formed was no mere spin-off. Blodwyn Pig was every bit the equal of Jethro Tull. Abrahams was and is a first-rate blues guitarist. His electric guitar stylings are instantly recognizable, and he is also a master of acoustic fingerstyle blues guitar. Sax and flute man Jack Lancaster shared Ian Anderson’s fondness for imitating jazzman Roland Kirk. Lancaster even replicated Kirk’s trick of playing two horns at the same time.”
It was of course impossible to know for certain what version this was of the LP without breaking the seal, as no track listings appear on the outside.
There are 2 main differences with the cover. First, it is very glossy, as opposed to the original matt. Secondly, the inside is the reverse of the original, so the big colour photo is on the right.
“Ahead Rings Out” remains one of my all time favourites.