The Incredible String Band


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The fifth volume in the Disky label's Heritage series that focuses exclusively on the British traditional folk boom of the 1960s and '70s centers this time on those wacky purveyors of the legacy on acid, the Incredible String Band. Half of this disc is made up of studio recordings from 1967. The other half is live, reportedly from 1972. Herein lies the rub. The studio tunes come the 1967 Chelsea sessions, and about half of those appear on the album of the same name. (All of these were demos for the album that would become 5000 Spirits or Layers of the Onion, and a couple from Big Huge). The other half of these come from lives dates in 1972 and 1974; they were previously released on 1998's First Girl I Loved. While in some ways it's hardly representative of the vast array of ISB's work, it is nonetheless an immediate and intimate portrait of the band at its most productive and mischievous. Given its budget price and the current unavailability of the previously issued titles, this might just be the ticket for punters to indulge in.

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