Really struggled over years to untangle the Gordian knot and get this reissued - Dick Gaughan told me he got round the same bind his stuff from the same era was in by progressively re-recording tracks . . . a route obviously not really available to Nic, especially back then. Early stuff (Nic Jones; Ballads & Songs) were eventually grudgingly allowed the light of day (though what on earth has happened To The Devil A Stranger is beyond me!). There was a virtual embargo on even interacting with the company who had disgracefully (albeit legally) acquired the rights as a protest against the situation it left Nic in especially. Somewhen, as far back as the 90s, I was told the intention was to bring out the Noah's Ark Trap "this coming Christmas."! . . . This had actually got so far as for me to, in effect, organise for an advance purchase - the money never left my account, and the CD never materealised.
Nice to see someone who seems to rate it as highly as I do. Penguin Eggs (which I love) tends to get the nod, but I think that's more to do with its availability, unlike its predecessor.
When Liege & Leaf triumphed as 'Most Influential Folk Album' - and I'm a Fairport fan and Cropredy stalwart - no question, I don't think it comes close to NAT, and I was absolutely amazed it never even got a mention (though Penguin Eggs did). Again, a situation you can almost certainly lay at the door of its unavailability. . . . A case of 'out of sight out of mind', surely?
. . . Finally, just on the off-chance, even with 'pops' & 'crackles' - might there be the odd CD 'copy' lying around spare at your place . . . ?! [firstname.lastname@example.org]