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Number 266

The Incredible String Band - The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion (Elektra EUKS 7257)

Like most late Sixties albums, I don't precisely recall when I first heard them, more than likely sometime in the early Seventies, when my attention had shifted from pop 45s to more adult oriented rock music. The Incredible String Band were always a curiosity until I discovered there was something seriously good behind the seemingly novelty music of Robin Williamson and Mike Heron, together with assorted girlfriends and their eccentric choice of musical instruments. Whereas I would normally start at the beginning when discovering any new band, with the Incredible String Band, it was an erratic discovery, starting with Changing Horses (1969), then No Ruinous Feud (1973), then only to go backwards again by way of The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (1968) and finally arriving at the band's second LP 5000 Spirits or the Layers of an Onion (1967), sometime in the mid 1970s, complete with psychedelic sleeve design courtesy of Simon and Marijke. Trippy stuff indeed, yet still great to listen to today.