Buying the albums sampled on “Picnic”.
Opening up up the gatefold sleeve (in the conventional way) reveals the inside, in black and white, thus:
At the far left is a large picture of Dolly’s face, to the right of which is the title and artist again, beneath which is the track listing and the P 1970 publication date. Under this is a drawing of a plant-like structure growing from something indeterminate, but which I think is meant to represent The Lady.
The right half is a sort of mirror image, with a large photo of Shirley’s head and shoulders, to the left of which are these credits:
Shirley Collins sings with
arrangements by Dolly Collins for
Christopher Hogwood – harpsichord
Alan Lumsden – sackbut
Adam Skeaping – bass viol, violone
Roderick Skeaping – bass viol
Eleanor Sloan – rebec
John Fordham – recorder
Dolly Collins – flute-organ & piano
Terry Cox – percussion
Peter Wood – concertina on* [“Go From My Window” and “Polly on the Shore”]
Engineer – Philip Macdonald
Photographer – Allan Willmoth
Producer – Austin John Marshall [a man of many talents? See below.]
Beneath these is the “mirror” drawing, the plant here blooming in flowers, and growing from a heart, clearly signifying Love. Thus we have Love, the skull on the back cover being Death, which is why the object under the track listing must, or so it seems, signify the lady.
At the bottom right of the “Love” plant drawing are the initials AJM, whom I take to be none other than the Producer.
At the bottom right we have the record company stuff, starting at the top with:
THE GREATEST RECORDING
ORGANISATION IN THE WORLD”
and the Hayes address.
Below this is the stereo record warning. Remember that?:
“This STEREO record can be played on mono reproducers provided either a compatible or stereo cartridge wired for mono is fitted. Recent equipment may already be fitted with a suitable cartridge. If in doubt consult your dealer.”
Under that, in the left half of an oblong box, is the Harvest logo. The right half is split horizontally into two. In the top bit:
“Trade Mark of The Gramophone Company Limited”
and in the lower bit:
“A COMPANY OF THE EMI GROUP”
And right at the bottom, in tiny print:
“Made and Printed in Great Britain”
They don’t make ’em like that any more, do they, huh?