Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Incredible String Band - The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion
A supreme achievement, one of the best psych-folk albums ever.
"The ISB's crazy, unpredictable alchemy -- where Indian music, British folk and Celtic mythology all party together -- is best preserved on this fantastic album. Nutball fantasy lyrics, ragged but competent instrumentation and a clear desire to go in the opposite direction of every single musician on the planet Earth in 1967 will make it nothing short of revelatory for the newcomer. Not only is the album art some of the very best of the '60s, but the fiery-gnome vocals and cuts like "The Hedgehog's Song" and "No Sleep Blues" are beyond weird. " - Mike McGuirk