Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Monday, 27 May 2013

Nice Enough To Eat!

Today is a Bank Holiday and I'm going nowhere, so instead let me tell you about some of the records I picked up at a boot sale on the previous Bank Holiday weekend.  On the Sunday (May 5th) I took advantage of a seller's 3-for-a fiver offer on LPs.  First was this:

The World of David Bowie (1973)

This is a 1973 reissue of an album originally released in 1970, with an updated cover photo.  A fascinating collection of songs from his 1967 debut on Deram plus other previously unreleased tracks, this cynically re-packaged set of folk and music-hall style material was presumably intended to attract Ziggy fans expecting something quite different.

It's interesting of course, and very enjoyable in places, but essential to only the most hardcore of Bowie-philes.  Many of the songs here feature on the 1985 double album David Bowie - The Collection (which I have on cassette!).

Next up, the 1969 self-titled debut from Santana:

Santana (1969)

Released the same month as Woodstock where they played on the 15th of August, this is an album of powerful, Latin-infused guitar rock, enveloping the listener in a heady fug of Hammond organ, unbelievable percussion and THAT guitar from Carlos.  Its incredible cover image of a line-drawn lion incorporates how many faces?!

Last and certainly not least I chose Nice Enough To Eat, also from 1969:

Various Artists - Nice Enough To Eat (1969)

 An Island Records label sampler of folk rock, prog and hard rock from artists including Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention, Free and Spooky Tooth, NETE originally cost under 15 shillings which was half the price of a regular album at the time.


Side 1.
1.  Cajun Woman - Fairport Convention
2.  At The Crossroads - Mott The Hoople
3.  Better By You, Better Than Me - Spooky Tooth
4.  We Used To Know - Jethro Tull
5.  Woman - Free
6.  I Keep Singing That Same Old Song - Heavy Jelly

Side 2.
1.  Sing Me A Song That I Know - Blodwyn Pig
2.  (Roamin' Thro' The Gloamin' With) Forty Thousand Headmen - Traffic
3.  Time Has Told Me - Nick Drake
4.  21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
5.  Gungamai - Quintessence
6.  Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal - Dr. Strangely Strange

An important album to many, it served as an ear-opening introduction to the current Island roster and this kind of music in general.  It certainly worked its charms on me - at the Bank Holiday Monday car boot sale the following day I was driven to buy The Best of Spooky Tooth on CD (£4) which includes this HEAVY cover of I Am The Walrus:



  1. No updates for a while. Has the recession killed off your vinyl habit?

    1. No, just laziness I'm afraid! I'm still finding lot of bargains, but am enjoying listening to them rather than blogging about them. I need to have a stern word with myself. Thanks for noticing though!

  2. I too got a copy of the Santana debut earlier this week, and today i found `nice enough to eat` both are in very good to Ex condition, i paid a pound each! bargain! both good Albums, Its nice to find somebody who buys old vinyl and its nice to see a person with enough passion to blog about it!

    1. Nice finds and nice prices too! I hope you're enjoying them as much as I have. Where do you get your old records from?

  3. Like you i find them all over mainly carboots, i started visiting skip companies recently and to be honest its brilliant, try getting to know the lads who work the tips i get about 100-200 a month sometimes more, not all are what im after but the ones i dont want go to the hospice shop

  4. Hi again, I started a blog about my record addiction too, i also made a video on youtube to show what i found in a skip this month, December has been a kind month for my addiction, have you found anything good recently? happy Crimbo...

    1. Wow, that'a great haul, and free too! Car boot season is over now, but I did find some good stuff towards the end of the year that I'll be blogging about in the new year. If you check down my twitter feed you can see pics of them all.