Mudcat Café message #55453 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8816   Message #55453
Posted By: Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin
24-Jan-99 - 08:56 AM
Thread Name: Incredible String Band: An Appreciation.
Subject: RE: Incredible String Band: An Appreciation.
I succumbed to the temptation a fortnight ago to replace vinyl with CD when I found The 5,000 Spirits Or The Layers of the Onion (some inflation and deflation has been going on here in the thread) and The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter in the shop.

The song Maya was on the Wee Tam and the Big Huge double album, which I would also like to get hold of. I've got most of their other albums, up till "U", when I felt the acting side was taking precedence over the music. Without the visuals, the music didn't quite it, though some songs were still pretty good.

Funnily enough, I don't care for Robin Williamson as a solo artist (or with the Merry Band) in recordings, though I'm sure he's mesmerising in person. Perhaps it was the spark between Williamson and Heron that worked best. Clive (was he a Williamson too?) dropped out after that first album.

Robin's brother, the late Roy, was a member of The Corries for many, many years and of course contributed the song, Flower of Scotland.

I saw the ISB in concert back in the late 60s and was surprised at some of the people who turned out for it. Whether they look back with the same pleasure as I do, I'm not sure, but on the whole I doubt it. One singer/musician here who listened to their stuff thought they were awful.