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Incredible String Band

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B00000064H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By S. GODFREY on March 15, 2000
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A delightful album which showcases the emerging talents of songwriter/minstrels Mike Heron and Robin Williamson along with the (slightly) more conventional musical abilities of their friend and mentor Clive Palmer. Clive contributes the more traditional banjo and blues pieces while Robin and Mike drop fascinating hints about the diverse musical territories they were about to venture into. "Womankind" and especially "October Song" stand out as timeless classics but everything else is pretty fine. If this is a true reflection of the music to be heard regularly in Clive's Incredible Folk Club in the mid 1960's, it must have been an extraordinary time and place. The original Incredibles are now touring again after all these years, which makes this first album all the more fascinating.
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Released in 1966, this first album by The Incredible String Band is an absolute must-have if you are into British folk. A little more direct and less adventurous than the albums that followed, it stands its ground as a marvellous piece of work.
Produced by Joe Boyd and recorded at Sound Techniques in London, this is also the only album by the original line-up which - apart from Robin Williamson and Mike Heron - still counted with Clive Palmer. The results are strikingly positive and I found myself at its feet for weeks!
There's no way to pick a favourite but Williamson's October Song with its wonderful lines comes close. Heron's The Tree, Maybe Someday and How Happy I Am are all classic examples of singing acoustic wizardry. And even Palmer's Empty Pocket Blues sheds some light and makes a difference.
When this music starts to play, let me be around!!!
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This first album shows the ISB in very good spirits and it shows a transition from pure folk and R&B to the unique ISB-sound later to appear on the second album. In contrast to some other ISB-records it ages very well and it contains nothing but feel-good songs, even if some are meant to be a blues - it's humor, mostly ! What's more, Heron's liner notes make a fine contribution to the general sense of fun and well-being.
Mike Heron makes a powerful impression with songs like "Maybe Someday" and "Everything's fine" and Williamson hints at things to come in his beautiful "October Song" and "Womankind". Palmer's contributions, though very nice, show that he was not keeping up with the pace and direction of the other two, and he's not come back to record with the other two since.
This record may not be a classic in the vein of "5000 Spirits" or "Hangman's" but it easily matches those records in pace, freshness and joy. A feast for the ears and highly recommended to anybody, ISB-fan or no.
Hans Wigman
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I must admit that I do not have any big picture of the career of The Incredible String Band's career or of the group's many albums. However, I have over the years been presented to quite a few songs by the group and I have always felt that the music just lacked the last bit. Having recently re-listened to Mike Heron's two fine albums "Smiling With med Bad Reputation" and "Mike Heron's Reputation", I thought I’d give the group the "serious" new chance. I felt it natural to start from the beginning with the group's first selftitled album from 1966.

I hardly know what to think; the album is pretty pure folk, with some inspiration from traditional music and artists like Woody Guthrie.

It’s Mike Heron's songs that hit my taste in music the most with "Maybe Someday", "When the music Stars to Play" and "How happy I am" as some of the best. Robin Williamson's songs are also quite good; especially "October Song" and "Dandelion Blues", but I have a preference for Heron's; not least because of his much more interesting and personal vocals.

The group was at this time a trio with banjo-player Clive Palmer as the third man; but the two main members Heron and Robinson are obviously the driving forces.
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