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Hugely under-rated 60s group
    #2056573 - 10/30/03 10:20 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND

I've dribbled on about this before but... No-one listens to these guys and it's a crying shame. They hugely influenced the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and pop music generally in the late 1960s - listening to the White Album, it's easy to hear where "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and "Blackbird" have their origins.

They are written off completely by many critics as airy-fairy embaressing folk ponce, because after 1969/70, their creativity went down the hill as they tried all this medieval bullshit, and also got their girlfriends to join the group - big mistake.

But their early material is some of the freshest, most original and genuinely astonishing to come out the 60s pop scene. They started as a trio playing on the Edinburgh folk scene, then one (Clive Palmer) left for the hippy trail, but the other two, Heron and Williamson, who wrote all the originals anyway, carried on as a duo from "5000 Spirits" onwards. With that album they merged folk and psychedelia to produce a hugely influntial landmark.

I believe that no-one with an interest in pop music of the 60s, psychedelia and that sorta thing should be without the "holy trilogy" of their first three albums...
"The Incredible String Band" - 1966
"The 5000 Spirits/Layers of the Onion" - 1967
"The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" - 1968 **probably their best

5000 Spirits is also known as an "acoustic Sgt Pepper". Bob Dylan was a big fan, although you don't hear the influence in his music the way you hear it in the Beatles and Zeppelin.


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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: mr_kite]
    #2057147 - 10/30/03 03:00 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

ever listen to gong?


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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: automan]
    #2057298 - 10/30/03 03:40 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

U
(ISB with stone monkey dancing troupe...)


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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: gnrm23]
    #2057443 - 10/30/03 04:15 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Im into rock more than anything, punk/hardcore/psychedelia etc...BUT, the incredible string band ARE incredible, the hangmans beautiful daughter is my favourite of them all & i have most on c.d..."be glad for the song has no ending" is a must see .


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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: ]
    #2058288 - 10/30/03 08:30 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

hey mr kite, what are your fav songs by them? I want to get a sample of their work off kazaa


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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: ClosetCase]
    #2060378 - 10/31/03 01:12 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

dude ISB really are prety awesome. but its been so long since ive listened to them, i dont even remember any songs!


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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: cortex]
    #2060463 - 10/31/03 02:11 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)



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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: gnrm23]
    #2060492 - 10/31/03 02:20 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

(from "rainbow" / mike heron ///ISB / "U")
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i can tell by your eyes
you've been singing that old sweet song
let your love roll on
everybody here i think will agree
that they can sing that song
as good as can be
you know i'd hate to go
i'd hate to go
before i see everybody here
shining loke a rainbow

i have seen you there
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~ do check out U --- there's a couple clunkers in there, but... some real gems as well....


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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: ClosetCase]
    #2060900 - 10/31/03 04:34 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Here's a few of my personal favourites, from the 3 above albums....


October Song
The Tree
The Mad Hatter's Song
Chinese White
Koeeoaddi There
Witch's Hat
The Minotaur's Song
A Very Cellular Song

That's the bare bones "best of" IMHO
October Song is my all time favourite "folk" style song... so simple but so incredibly beautiful... not too representative of their overall style though.


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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: automan]
    #2060902 - 10/31/03 04:34 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

No, what's Gong? Good name!


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Re: Hugely under-rated 60s group [Re: mr_kite]
    #2067150 - 11/03/03 04:36 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Angel's Egg and U are amazing but I don't really care for Gong's 20 something other albums.


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