Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat (the last one!)
I have, oddly and suitably enough, two and a bit CD versions of this album.
The first one I acquired, to my intense joy, was one of a very short-lived and brief series of “3D” Island CDs. These were marked “B.A.S.E.”, standing for Bedini Audio Spacial Environment. The blurb for this was:
“The 3D SoundBASE sound process frees the musical image from the phase constraints of conventional stereo, opening up the sound dimensionally and imparting a real sense of depth to the mix.”
I have one other CD in this series, Traffic’s first album “Mr Fantasy”.
Anyway, it was a real pleasure to find this quirky LP on CD. The front cover is a straight copy, but of course with no ILPS oval at the top right, but rather a “3D Island” palm tree logo at the bottom left. The lettering is also MUCH bigger. The back shows a blown up copy of the “The Serene Boy” central section of the LP reverse, with a track listing cloned from the LP, and the copyright bits at the bottom right, oddly and suitably giving the relevant date as 1970.
The back of the insert has a straight copy of the reverse, but nothing in the lower black section other than copyright details, again 1970; so there are no aquatic creatures, and no inverted airliner.
The left side of the insert repeats the track listing, again shown as copyright 1970, and the right side has some notes, a clone of the LP credits, and the following addition thereto:
“Re-Issue Package – Phil Smee at Waldo’s Design and Dream Emporium”.
Again, how very fitting. What is really strange about this CD, though, is the tracks actually on the CD, which in appearance is a nice pink one.
More of these next time.