Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat (the last one!)
Tracks 4 and 5 end Side 1, and the first of these is very good” rather than “excellent”.
Track 4 is “Dark-Haired Lady” (4.25), which is almost classical in style, with a sort of Elizabethan feel. This one was much loved by Robin Williamson of the Incredible String Band; he does a song of the same name on his first solo LP “Myrrh”, and the song sometimes featured in the group’s set in the very early years of this century, during its brief reformation. One typically odd thing about this track, however, is that there is a second part to it, which commences after a one beat rest. This is basically a spooky instrumental, but in the middle of it is a sung version, in swing style, of James Joyce’s short verse “Golden Hair”. Syd Barrett did a version of this also, on his first solo LP “The Madcap Laughs”.
Track 5 is “On the West Cork Hack” (2.32 ), and is an excellent song, but has in my view the weirdest lyrics on the record. It loosely involves a sea trip, but only very loosely. If I remember correctly, there is some connection between this track and The Serene Boy on the back cover; if so, this will become clearer when we get to the expanded CD.