Buying the LPs sampled on “Nice Enough to Eat” – the final furlong.
More on the “Collectors’ Edition” CD.
The CD itself is a pretty pink, with a big white “i” at the bottom, but with”HUX RECORDS” below it.
Like “Halcyon Days”, the insert is the work of Adrian Whittaker. There is an absolute mass of detail in this, more even than in “Halcyon Days”, and comparatively little by way of repetition. However, there is no Dramatis Personae!
For present purposes, nothing much more than a gem or two can be mentioned; I would very strongly recommend buying the CD.
This, for example, on the LP cover:
“The album packaging was down to the band; “Orphan” Annie took the cover shot in the Dargle Valley and Tim Booth contributed the rear cover graphic, in which you can have some fun spotting some of the characters in the songs. For example, the man with an eye-patch on the ship’s flag is Patrick Pearse – and that’s Muircheartach on the horse. The original artwork is long since lost or destroyed, so Tim’s done a “remix” for us.”
Muircheartach (the leather cloaked king referred to in Donnybrook Fair), we learn from Dramatis, was the “10th century Irish prince who set off on a sort of stadium tour of Ireland at the head of a thousand heroes, conquering all and “feasting his hostages with knightly courtesy”. History is silent on the source of his soubriquet.”
A bit more on that Tim Booth “remixed” graphic at some later time.