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“Nice Enough to Eat” is a budget priced sampler album released by Island Records in 1969. Continuing the policy set by its predecessor You Can All Join In, the album presented tracks from the latest albums by their then established artists including Free, Traffic, and Jethro Tull, and introduced tasters from newer signings to the label, notably Nick Drake and King Crimson. The inclusion of the Nick Drake track, “Time Has Told Me”, has been credited with providing the first opportunity for many record buyers to hear Drake’s music.

It was priced as low as 14 shillings and 6 pence (£0.72), less than half of the standard album price at the time. The album is described as a “somewhat incoherent sampler of folk-rock, prog rock, and prog-tinged hard rock”, but with a “stellar artist lineup”

It was combined with You Can All Join In for a CD Re-release in August 1992 entitled “Nice Enough To Join In”

The cover was designed by Mike Sida, who had already provided the cover for Spooky Two, and went on to produce several further classic Island album covers including Free’s Fire and Water and Traffic’s “John Barleycorn Must Die”. The front cover’s simple motif of names of featured bands spelt out in alphabet sweets (in a combination of blue/biscuit colours alone) is subverted on the rear cover, where most of the letters have been dispersed and replaced by what seem to be brightly coloured tablets. The presence of (at least parts of) medicine capsules might make a suspicious observer suspect a reference to drugs.

Side one

  1. “Cajun Woman”  Fairport Convention – (from Unhalfbricking (ILPS 9102)) – 2:41
  2. “At the Crossroads”  Mott the Hoople – (from Mott the Hoople (ILPS 9108)) – 5:28
  3. “Better By You, Better Than Me” Spooky Tooth – (from Spooky Two (ILPS 9098)) – 3:29
  4. “We Used To Know”  Jethro Tull – (from Stand Up (ILPS 9103)) – 3:58
  5. “Woman”  Free – (from Free (ILPS 9104)) – 3:45
  6. “I Keep Singing That Same Old Song”  Heavy Jelly – Island 7″ (b/w “Blue”) (WIP 6049) – 8:19

Side two

  1. “Sing Me A Song That I Know” Blodwyn Pig – (from Ahead Rings Out (ILPS 9101))- 3:04
  2. “(Roamin’ Thro’ The Gloamin’ With) Forty Thousand Headmen” Traffic – (from Best of Traffic)[ (ILPS 9112)) – 3:12
  3. “Time Has Told Me”  Nick Drake – (from Five Leaves Left (ILPS 9105)) – 4:23
  4. “21st Century Schizoid Man”  King Crimson – (from In the Court of the Crimson King  (ILPS 9111)) – 7:20
  5. “Gungamai”  Quintessence – (from In Blissful Company (ILPS 9110Q)) – 4:17
  6. “Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal” (Pawle) – Dr. Strangely Strange – (from Kip of the Serenes (ILPS 9106)) – 4:26

Dr Strangely Strange

DR STRANGELY  STRANGE was formed by a group of students who were on the fringes of Dublin’s rock and folk club scene during the latter part of the 60s. The Incredible String Band, with whom they were friends – and by 1968 their unique but slightly chaotic style had attracted the attention of several record companies.On Robin Williamson’s recommendation, producer Joe Boyd travelled to Carlow to see the band open for Skid Row. A couple of months later the band travelled to London and recorded the first album “Kip Of The Serenes” under his direction.

The band’s label, Island, decided to include one of the band’s songs ‘Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal’ on the 12/11d (65p) sampler album “Nice Enough To Eat” which also included tracks by successful acts Free, Traffic and Blodwyn Pig. This gave the band much increased exposure and led to a hectic two-year touring schedule. In 1970 the group released their second album on Polygram’s new progressive label Vertigo. “Heavy Petting” was met with favourable critical reviews and the band continued to gig in support of the new album.

Tired of touring, Tim Goulding quit the group to get married and devote more time to his painting. He was replaced in early 1971 by Terry and Gaye Woods, newly departed from Steeleye Span. Dr Strangely Strange played its last gig on 16th May 1971 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, sharing the bill with Al Stewart.

Terry and Gaye went off to form their ill fated but interesting Woods Band while Tim Booth returned to Dublin to play solo gigs in folk clubs and resume his career as a commercial artist. Ivan Pawle moved to Kerry to live in a caravan, locating himself not far from Tim Goulding who was already living in an old schoolhouse in West Cork.

By the beginning of 1972 the two Tims and Ivan were back together, with a couple of new musicians, for a short and successful tour of Ireland. Since then the trio have got together from time to time for various projects. “Kip Of The Serenes” and “Heavy Petting” have become sought after collectables and there were even counterfeit copies of the Vertigo album such was the demand.

The original three members of the group decided to record a third album with the help of Joe Thoma (fiddle), Bruno Staehelin (drums) and several friends including Gary Moore (guitar). The reformed Dr Strangely Strange completed ‘Alternative Medicine’ whcih further showcased and updated the band’s Irish country rock.