Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat (the last one!)
As I have mentioned above, this was by far the most difficult of all the sampled LPs to obtain. I was eventually able to get a second hand copy by advertising in the small ads in Melody Maker.
The song sampled was always my favourite on “Nice Enough to Eat”, and so I was particularly keen to acquire this LP. I was not disappointed. I think it only ever came with the lovely pink Island label with the hollow letters “island” at the lower part, and the concentric ovals symbol on the left; certainly such is the copy I have.
The front cover is a masterpiece of pastoral hippiedom. The whole of it is a perfectly phrased colour photo of the band, sitting on lakeside rocks. On the far left is a long haired girl with a headband, playing a tambourine, with a tabla at her left. To her left is a chap sitting cross-legged and playing a treble recorder. Back from him on the highest rock is another chap, with glasses, playing an acoustic guitar. Oddest of all, at the far right is the third man, wearing a bizarre yellow peak nosed mask, holding a mandolin flat on his lap.
At the top left appear the words, in yellow” “Kip of the serenes”, and below that in the same script, but in white, “Dr. strangely strange”. In all cases, the “s”s are stylised into a sort of acute italicised worm shape.
To the top right in black is the standard “rounded rectangle” Island stamp, showing the serial number: “STEREO ILPS 9106”. Wonderful though the front is, it pales into insignificance when compared with the back of the cover…