Buying the albums sampled on “Picnic”.
Although I never got the original SHVL 775 Harvest Label vinyl LP, I was, oddly, some years after I bought the CD, able to buy a gorgeous double LP vinyl version of the album.
This came out on Akarama, AK 175-2, a division of Comet Records, made under licence by Celebrity Licensing Europe. It contains an LP sleeve size inner insert, one side of which is a perfect copy of the original front cover, minus only the Harvest logo. The other side contains a full transcript of Chris Welch’s notes from the CD. The tracks are exactly the same as on the CD, including the bonus tracks.
The front cover of the Double LP is again a perfect copy of the original, minus the Harvest logo.
The back is the original continuation of the distinctive “high rise skyscrapers and pterodactyls” motif, but here with a track listing across the middle section.
The inside of the cover has all the lyrics, just as you get in the CD insert, but you also get much more, including large purple sepia pictures of the faces of the three chaps in the band, across the bottom.
More particularly, you also get a detailed list of the additional musicians on the record, of which more next time.