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Incredible String Band [Remastered]
     

The Incredible String Band [Remastered]

by The Incredible String Band
 

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The debut release from the original Incredible String Band trio -- Robin Williamson (violin/whistle/mandolin/guitar/vocals), Clive Palmer (banjo/guitar/vocals), and Mike Heron (guitar/vocals) -- was also their most simple. It is this minimalism that allowed the natural radiance of their (mostly) original material to be evident in the purist

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The debut release from the original Incredible String Band trio -- Robin Williamson (violin/whistle/mandolin/guitar/vocals), Clive Palmer (banjo/guitar/vocals), and Mike Heron (guitar/vocals) -- was also their most simple. It is this minimalism that allowed the natural radiance of their (mostly) original material to be evident in the purist sense, and likewise without many of the somewhat intricate distractions and musical tangents that their future work would incorporate. Immediately striking is the group's remarkable and collective prowess on seemingly all things stringed -- hence, their apropos moniker. With an unmistakable blend of distinct instrumentation and harmony vocals, the Incredible String Band take inspiration from traditional music on both sides of the Atlantic. Their impish charm and tongue-in-cheek fairy tale mythology also add to their folkie mystique. This first long-player -- originally issued in 1966 -- contains a bevy of songs that, while steeped in conventional folk music, are completely unique. This likewise holds true for the three traditional pieces, "Schaeffer's Jig," "Whistle Tune," and the rare Clive Palmer instrumental solo, "Niggertown." Palmer, formerly of the highly underrated Famous Jug Band, would exit the Incredible String Band after this record, and thus the perpetually rotating personnel that would guide the group for the remainder of its existence began, perhaps aptly, at the beginning. The original songs range from light and airy love ballads -- such as the Williamson solo "Womankind" and the understated mischief of "Dandelion Blues" -- to the high and lonesome sound of Mike Heron's mandolin-driven "How Happy I Am." There are likewise darker -- yet no less poignant -- tunes such as "Empty Pocket Blues" and the haunting "Good as Gone." While this album is a tremendous launching pad for potential enthusiasts, be aware that every Incredible String Band recording is also extremely individual and reflects the current membership of the group. [A 2010 remastering released on Fledg'ling featured brief notes by Clive Palmer and Robyn Hitchcock, as well as copious photos, artwork, and lyrics.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2010
Label:
Fledg'ling Uk
UPC:
5020393307628
catalogNumber:
3076
Rank:
240457

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Performance Credits

Incredible String Band   Primary Artist
Robin Williamson   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Vocals,Group Member
Mike Heron   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Clive Palmer   Banjo,Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Robin Williamson   Arranger,Composer,Whistle
Robyn Hitchcock   Liner Notes
John Wood   Engineer
Mike Heron   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Joe Boyd   Producer,Cover Photo
William S. Harvey   Sleeve Design
Clive Palmer   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
John Brooke   Cover Photo

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