If any musical combo ever meshed perfectly with the times it was the Incredible String Band. And here's the proof: their 1966 debut, The Incredible String Bann their '60s heyday, the Incredible String Band were a brilliant evocation of the Aquarian idealism and anything-goes experimentalism of their time. On their self-titled 1966 debut, its 1967 followup The 5000 Spirits Or Layers Of The Onion, and the seminal 1968 classic The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, the innovative Scottish visionaries - led by singer/guitarists Robin Williamson and Mike Heron as its two constants - merged ancient Celtic folk traditions with exotic Eastern instruments and psychedelic flights of fancy. The result was utterly unique music that perfectly captured the spirit of the era in which it was made. In recent years, these classic albums have served as a source of inspiration for a new generation of alt-folk artists who've embraced the Incredible String Band's free-spirited eclecticism. Echoes of the group's influence can be heard in such prominent young acts as Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart, and Joanna Newsom and Animal Collective. But, to the ISB's new fans and longtime admirers, there's no beating the originals - now restored to their original glory on deep-grooved, high-definition Sundazed vinyl!
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Incredible String Band, The - 5000 Spirits Or Layers Of The Onion LP
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    For their second album, Robin Williamson and Mike Heron recruited Pentangle’s Danny Thompson on double bass, Nazir “Soma” Jairazbhoy on sitar, Licorice McKenzie on vocals/percussion and John “Hoppy” Hopkins, proprietor of London’s famed UFO Club, on piano to help them realize their vision. With producer Joe Boyd once again at the helm, Williamson and Herron guided their compatriots through a collection of all original compositions. Released in July 1967, just over a year after their debut, The...

    Incredible String Band, The - Incredible String Band LP
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      Beginning as a duo in Edinburg, Scotland, acoustic musicians Robin Williamson and Clive Palmer sought to stretch the boundaries of contemporary folk music from the start. Composing much of their own material rather than relying solely on the hidebound traditional repertoire, they were spotted by Elektra Records’ Joe Boyd while playing in the Crown Bar and, duly impressed, he signed them to the label. After adding additional guitarist Mike Herron, they traveled to London’s Sound Techniques...

      Incredible String Band, The - The Hangmans Beautiful Daughter LP
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        The 1968 release of The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, the third International String Band album, was met with wide acclaim, both critically and commercially, reaching # in the UK. Sitar, oud, panpipe, jaw harp, water harp, penny whistle, chananai, harpsichord and gimbri merged with traditional folk instruments in a multi-tracked musical extravaganza. This audacious aural experience proved to be heavily influential on the band’s contemporaries. The surreal imagery of the song lyrics and the...