Here in England, and I guess the whole of the UK, on one or more Saturdays each year there is a nation-wide event called a “Record Store Day”. On these days, stores selling vinyl records are supplied with special edition LPs. Two or three years ago, to my surprise and pleasure, one of these was “Kip of the Serenes”, so of course I had to buy one:
The front is distinguishable from the original only by the serial number: STEREO 471 718-9, as opposed to STEREO ILPS 9106 on the original, and the fact that the colours are a shade or two lighter.
As to the back:
This again is in a slightly lighter hue than the original. There is no flying figure in the top left of the picture, but otherwise it is more or less a clone. The big differences are in the text, where in particular the timings are almost completely at odds with the original, and are more like those in the “3D” CD edition referred to above. Here are the track timings withe original first and the later one second:
- 4.28 4.28
- 7.33 7.34
- 5.37 5.38
- 4.25 4.24
- 2.32 1.55
- 3.49 2.50
- 1.32 4.12
- 6.18 2.04
- 3.59 6.53
- 8.48 14.00
I have never listened to the new one, but perhaps I will do so when I get a chance, to see if there is any actual difference. The other very noticeable difference in the track listing is that the original has a copyright acknowledgement to the estate of James Joyce and The Society of Authors, which is absent from the new one. This may be because copyright only lasts for 50 years, or it could be due to the new one coming from the Netherlands. The Basing Street address is missing of course, and there is much small print at the centre bottom, along with a bar code and the universal symbol.
The LP itself, however, is extraordinary!
Next time, we go onto some Picnic stuff.