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The Incredible String Band


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Config/Selection: A / ROGV-028
Units per set: 1
UPC: 081227930936

* Features the rarer UK edition cover art

* First time available on color vinyl!

* Limited based on pre-orders

* Pressed on 140g blue, white and black mixed vinyl with lacquers cut at Record Industry in the Netherlands.

* Influential album in the folk-rock genre that should be a part of everyone’s collection

This title was a runner up in a past voting round and our new partnership with Qrates allows us to make this and other limited edition pre-order titles now available to pre-order. The Qrates pre-order link on this page will take you directly to the Qrates page to order and complete the transaction. The Qrates pre-order runs for 75 days and then will be manufactured based on demand in limited quantities. It typically takes around 8-10 weeks after a pre-order closes for QRATES to deliver a record. All of the production work will be handled at Record Industry in the Netherlands so fans can expect the high level of quality they have come to expect from other Run Out Groove titles.


In 1963 Robin Williamson and Clive Palmer began performing together as a traditional folk duo in at the Crown Bar in Edinburgh that regularly featured Bert Jansch. In 1965, Joe Boyd, working as a talent scout for the folk-based Elektra Records first saw them play. The duo filled out their sound to a trio and added rhythm guitarist Mike Heron as well as taking the name, “Incredible String Band” later that year. In 1966 they became the house band when Clive Palmer established Clive’s Incredible Folk Club in Glasgow. When Joe Boyd was tapped as head of Elektra’s London offices, he went back and signed the band, beating out a rival bid from Transatlantic Records. Their self-titled debut album released in May of 1966 won “Folk Album Of The Year” in Melody Maker and Bob Dylan praised “October Song” as being one of his favorite songs of the period. In November of 1966 Heron and Willamson embarked on a UK tour as a duo when Palmer left after recording the first record. Joe Boyd became their manager and producer and secured them a spot at the Newport Folk Festival with Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. In July of 1967 they released their second album, “The 5000 Spirits Or the Layers of the Onion” which included Pentangle’s Danny Thompson on bass and displayed the duo’s abilities as blossoming multi-instrumentalists and singer song writers. Their eventual exposure on John Peel’s Perfumed Garden radio show and later on BBC’s Top Gear made them favorites with the emerging UK underground audience. The album went on to #1 in the UK folk chart and was named by Paul McCartney as one of his favorite records of that year. 1968 would be an amazing year for the band as they would release their two most celebrated records: The Hangman’s Beautiful

Daughter and Wee Tam and the Big Huge. Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter reached the top 5 in the UK album charts soon after release in March 1968 and was nominated for a Grammy in the US. Robert Plant has said that Led Zeppelin found their way by playing Hangman’s and following the instructions. The album relied more heavily on a layered production with imaginative use of multi-track recording techniques. The album featured a series of dreamlike Williamson songs such as “The Minotaur’s Song,” a 13 minute reflection on life, love and amoebas. By 1968 the group was filling major venues in the UK and the US, including Royal Albert Hall and the Fillmore Auditoriums in NY and San Francisco. ISB was rooted in conventional folk and pop but their experimentation with musical form, instrumentation and styles led them down innovative and eclectic roads. In 1967-68 they were described as pop music’s avant-garde and were compared to the Beatles. Williamson has claimed that as both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones saw them play before Sgt. Pepper and Their Satanic Majesties Request albums were recorded, that ISB was an influence on those records. Following in the footsteps of ISB, Led Zeppelin later successfully incorporated Moroccan rhythms into their songs. They are easily one of the most important bands to emerge from the underground folk scene of the 1960s.

Track Listing:

Side A
1 Koeeoaddi There 4:41
2 The Minotaur's Song 3:18
3 Witches Hat 2:30
4 A Very Cellular Song 12:55

Side B
1 Mercy I Cry City 2:40
2 Waltz Of The New Moon 5:01
3 The Water Song 2:41
4 Three Is A Green Crown 7:40