The Chelsea Sessions 1967

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These 13 demos were recorded in early 1967 shortly before the making of the ISB's second album, The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion though the liner notes speculate that "God Dog" might date from later than the other tracks. Only six of these actually showed up on 5000 Spirits, albeit in different, more produced versions; in fact, most of Robin Williamson's compositions on this release are performed solo by the writer. This gives fans a chance to hear the tracks including their most famous song, "The First Girl I Loved" in acoustic, folkier incarnations, with slightly different lyrics on a couple of tunes. Of the remaining songs, "Lover Man" was recorded by ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These 13 demos were recorded in early 1967 shortly before the making of the ISB's second album, The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion though the liner notes speculate that "God Dog" might date from later than the other tracks. Only six of these actually showed up on 5000 Spirits, albeit in different, more produced versions; in fact, most of Robin Williamson's compositions on this release are performed solo by the writer. This gives fans a chance to hear the tracks including their most famous song, "The First Girl I Loved" in acoustic, folkier incarnations, with slightly different lyrics on a couple of tunes. Of the remaining songs, "Lover Man" was recorded by Al Stewart on his debut album, "God Dog" by Shirley Collins in 1969, and "The Iron Stone" by ISB themselves on 1968's Wee Tam and the Big Huge album, while the others are unique to this disc. This unused material the fidelity throughout is good, by the way is both stylistically consistent and aesthetically up to par with what the ISB were recording on their early albums, and thus recommended to fans of the group.
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  • Release Date: 12/25/1999
  • Label: MOONCREST RECORDS UK
  • UPC: 766126803122
  • Catalog Number: 31

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Incredible String Band Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Robin Williamson Composer
John Wood Engineer
Edward Haber Liner Notes
Chris Thorpe Mastering
Chris Sands Cover Design, Sleeve Design
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