Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat (the last one!)
As I have mentioned above, curiously I have what I have called “two and a bit” CD versions of this album, the bit being an absolute gem I bought in 2007 called “Halcyon Days”. This comes with a 32 page compendium of an insert, the notes of which kick off with this explanation:
“So what have we here?
Not quite the great lost Dr Strangely Strange album, but a fascinating compilation of not-even-rumoured unreleased recordings made with Joe Boyd and Roger Mayer at Sound Techniques studio during the band’s heyday, 1969-1970.”
Hence my description of this as a “bit”. The front and back covers alone are remarkable, being photos demonstrably taken at the same session as that on the front cover of the LP. On these, we have this as the penulimate paragraph of the notes:
“As we were starting to complete the CD package, Joe Boyd emailed to say he’d just come across two colour transparencies from Annie Goulding’s Kip photo session and would they be of use. Of use? Of course they would be. They’re on the cover.”
As you might imagine, there is an immense wealth of information in this insert, which is principally the work of Adrian Whittaker. He is the editor of the magnificent “An Incredible String Band Compendium” [ISBN 1-900924-64-1]; I first had the pleasure of coming across him on an ISB fanzine site.
I shall dip only briefly into this mass of fax ‘n’ info for the purpose of the next few posts, but if you can, do try to get hold of this amazing CD.