Incredible String Band

by Simon

I’ve been, and continue to be, very busy at the moment. The clock is ticking down until we meet our new arrival. It’s not long now. So posts may start to become sporadic for a little while.

Meanwhile I’ve developed something of an obsession with The Incredible String Band. The ISB were a psychedelic folk band formed in the late 60s by contemporaries of Bert Jansch and John Martyn. I can’t say I’ve ever heard anything quite like them. Other people have worked in similar areas, but some of this stuff is out there.

Rainbow is from their 1970 album U. U was the recorded version of a stageshow they had been touring and was a double album recorded in just 48 hours. Rainbow itself clocks in at 15 minutes, and is stunning, being about five or six different songs in one, moving from slow delicate piano piece to raucous passionate proclaiming. Far out. Man.

The Incredible String Band – Rainbow