Incredible String Band, The - Incredible String Band [LP]
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 Londons Sound Techniques Studio in May 1966 to record their self-titled debut album with Boyd producing. Incredibly, they completed recording in two days, with Boyd instructing them to focus on their original compositions. The resulting album, featuring only three traditional tunes among the sixteen tracks, was quite unorthodox despite its standard instrumentation of guitars, mandolin, banjo and fiddle. It was a pioneering example of what later became known as psychedelic folk or psych-folk and it was an instant hit with adventurous music consumers. Bob Dylan singled out Robin Williamsons October Song as a particular favorite and the LP won Folk Album of the Year in - A1. Maybe SomedayA2. October SongA3. When the Music Starts to PlayA4. Schaeffer's JigA5. WomankindA6. The TreeA7. Whistle TuneA8. Dandelion BluesB1. How Happy I AmB2. Empty Pocket BluesB3. Smoke Shovelling SongB4. Can't Keep Me HereB5. Good as GoneB6. Footsteps of the HeronB7. NiggertownB8. Everything's Fine Right Now
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