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The Incredible String Band

 

Prog Folk

2.87 | 13 ratings

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RossJWarren
4 stars I must admit the first few times I listened this recording I was not that impressed, but over the years it has really grown on me the the extent that I revisit it often. The songs are all pretty strong the exception possible being "My father was a lighthouse keeper" which sounds a little silly. However when this album is strong it is wonderful " Sailor And The Dancer" always raises the hair on my arms. Licky's voice is stunning here and also on "Banks of sweet Italy".

I have often been told that by this stage ISB had lost their way, but to be honest this and "Liquid acrobat as defies the ground" are my two favorite recordings by this band and I love a lot of their output. IBS may not be for everyone but those of us that love them do with a passion. Their influence on modern neo-folk cannot be understated this band like no other demonstrate what eclectic means.

If you don't own any ISB I would thoroughly recommend the five CD box set , although it does not include this gem of an set it does have their first five, almost universally acclaimed LPs, at a bargain price.

ISB are well worth checking out, if you like them chances are you will grow to love them, if they are not to your taste that is a shame but we are all different. But please please don't disrespect them because for many of us they are Scotland's finest band. Is this progressive music? That is for you to decide.

RossJWarren | 4/5 |

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