Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat (the last one!)
The “original” CD has 10 tracks on it, and has 10 tracks listed as being on it, ostensibly a pure clone of the LP.
However, this only holds true for the first 3 tracks, equating to Tracks 1 – 3 on Side 1 of the vinyl.
Track 4 on the CD is indeed “Dark Haired Lady”, but it excludes the final “Golden Hair” bit [see #7 above on this album]. The “Golden Hair” bit duly follows, but as Track 5, and comes up as being “On the West Cork Hack”! That track becomes Track 6 on the CD, and so comes up as “A Tale of Two Orphanages”, which in turn becomes Track 7 and comes up as “Strings in the Earth and Air”. “Strings in the Earth and Air” is thus Track 8 and comes up as “Ship of Fools”, which of course is shown as “Frosty Mornings”, Track 9.
Remember, however, that there are still only 10 tracks on the CD. It does this by lumping “Frosty Mornings” and “Donnybrook Fair” into one epic 14 minute track, which comes up, naturally, as Track 10 “Donnybrook Fair”!
How very appropriate…
There is some blurb in the insert by Brian Hogg, the first half of which is relevant to this record, and goes like this:
“When late 1960s pop assumed a distinctly progressive hue – be it the blues of Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall, the jazz of Colloseum or the pyrotechnics of The Nice and Yes – the changes it wrought had an equally important influence on folk. This was also the period of Fairport Convention, the Incredible String Band and John & Beverly Martyn, each of whom were managed and produced by Joe Boyd through his pivotal Witchseason company. Other acts to enjoy his patronage included Shirley Collins, Nick Drake, and the group in question here, Dr. Strangely Strange.
“Ivan Pawle, Tim Booth and Tim Goulding were originally based in Ireland, but having adapted the name of a Marvel comics’ character to suggest something of their whimsical style, came to the attention of Boyd who duly brought them to Island in 1969. “Kip of the Serenes” captured the naive charm of the times, although its simplicity did not obscure their gift for melody. A certain amount of fame was garnered by the group’s appearance on the “Nice Enough To Eat” sampler album, which meant that they became a well-known name in every adolescent bedroom in the country. Those who invested in “Kip of the Serenes” found that its overall content drew on the eclectic style pioneered by the Incredible String Band – indeed the two groups did become closely linked – but the album was not a commercial success and Dr. Strangely Strange then parted company from Witchseason.”
The blurb concludes:
“Yet if bedevilled by indifference upon release, “Kip Of The Serenes” has since become one of the era’s most sought after albums, a fact inspiring this timely re-release.”