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

Daft Prick


  1. sensational record - true originality - fresh and colourful

  2. I think you are doing an important compilation. This is my favorite music, most of the people who comes (I've been working in a bar) always ask for this kind of music. They just love my music and this is the main band, and their lyrics are so special too. I hope you can add something else about them. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

  3. The first great ISB album! Just wrote about it too on my music blog.