Limited to just 300 copies and pressed on double 180g vinyl in a gatefold cover with lyric insert (the first 60 of which will be signed by the band), this LP edition of Kaprekar's Constant second album features two tracks (The Fever Tree and Deception) which were recorded specifically for this vinyl release.
Once again, the line up boasts former Van der Graaf Generator sax player, David Jackson. The legendary Ian Anderson makes a special guest appearance.
“Rosherville, welcome to Rosherville…” So begins track one of the new album. Rosherville Gardens were the brainchild of Victorian entrepreneur Jeremiah Rosher, a man who had the vision of a new town and pleasure garden in Northfleet. Intended as a place to escape the terrible conditions that existed in London during the latter part of the 19th century, the gardens boasted attractions such as a Greek Temple, Baronial Hall, Bear Pit, Hermit’s Cave, Theatres and entertainers of all kinds. The gardens had their own pier to service the many paddle steamers that carried as many as a million visitors a year to and from the capital. One such steamer, the Princess Alice, hit a collier ship and sank on a return trip in 1878 with the loss of more than 600 lives. This shocking disaster contributed towards the decline of the attraction along with the expansion of the railways enabling folk to travel further afield to the Kent coastal resorts. The gardens finally closed in 1911. The story is featured in a twenty minute epic track and includes a guest appearance by Ian Anderson who reads a poem written shortly after the Princess Alice disaster and sold to benefit families of the victims. Today, barely anything remains of Rosherville Gardens. The bear pit was uncovered a few years ago but was listed and re-buried to preserve it. The grand entrance can still be found along with the hermit’s cave; resident hermit sadly long departed!