Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat (the last one!)
This LP does not disappoint; it does what it says on the tin; what you see is what you get. It looks like a hippie folk album, and that’s what it is, clearly much influenced by the Incredible String Band. Nevertheless, this group undoubtedly had a unique sound, not least due to its Irish origins.
Track 1 Side 1 is of course the sampled track, the amazing “Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal”, so important a track that it is also the title of the “CD version” of the sampler. In essence it is a simple structure, 4 verses spit into two groups of two, separated by the ecstatic, mind-blowing extended harmonised wailing chorus in the middle, with some recorder bits that remind you of school. I eulogise further on this one on an earlier post about the sampler.
All the other tracks are either excellent or extremely good, but none holds a candle to this opener, simply because none could.
Track 2, Side 1 is another self-referencing one, “Dr. Dim and Dr. Strange”, and is the second longest on the LP, coming in at 7.33. It is introduced by a surreal dead pan spoken piece, which lasts over half a minute, ending with the music overlapping by about a bar and a half. It takes the form of a report of a conversation between the two heroes of the title, and has a chorus containing advice that makes sense to a limited extent and in a distinctly weird way. This is a truly excellent one.