Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Incredible String Band|
Chelsea Sessions 1967
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
13 digitally remastered tracks: previously unreleased material, demos and alternative versions of songs which later appeared on the classic folk album '5,000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion'. Over 50 minutes of music. I... more »
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13 digitally remastered tracks: previously unreleased material, demos and alternative versions of songs which later appeared on the classic folk album '5,000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion'. Over 50 minutes of music. Includes'The Mad Hatter Song', 'God Dog' and 'Lover Man'. 1998 Mooncrest Records release.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The "Chelsea Sessions" contains a lot of material that was used on the ISB's great "5000 Spirits" album, this time with a much more modest cover (not even psychedelic !). This album is absolutely great and a must-own for any ISB-fan. Apart from the familiar material there's quite a few songs that somehow didn't make it, and more often than not quite undeservedly.In general, the Spirits-songs are less "orchestrated" than the official versions, but they sound fresh and just fine. In fact, in some cases I'm almost inclined to prefer the alternative version ! "The Iron Stone" from "Wee Tam ..." with some textual differences and not having the festive ending is an example of this.Most of the "new" material is by Williamson, usually performed just by him. Heron's "Lover Man" is fine although its lyrics are a bit too psychedelic at times. His also is the weakest song by far on this album, and that's "Frutch" with completely nonsensical lyrics that take us nowhere. In Williamson's songs the arabic influence is quite clear, and they're all worth your while. Some special attention should be given to "God Dog" - a very, very lovable song that expresses Williamson's love for a dog, presumably his own. This album doesn't give you the bad and the obscure. These recordings totally deserve to be released, and it's hard to imagine why they haven't done this a long time ago. But hey - it's great to find another iron stone.Hans Wigman"
Dandruff, headlice and fallen hair from the salad days...
boeanthropist | Cambridge, MA | 06/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This belated release comes as no great surprise -- the cover and the title reveal almost everything -- and I'd classify it as a treat rather than a revelation. From the days following the first album and Clive's departure, we get very tight but very spare demo versions of songs which (mostly) would later wind up arranged to the hilt on "The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion." A few lyrical variants, a few duds, and the incredible charm and surprise of "Lover Man" with its amusing lyrics ("Baby/Won't you tell me 'bout your black rose/And the garden where your love grows/among the cabbages and beans") -- basically these demos are sketches of a band in transition, caught midway between the recognizable traditionist ways of their first album and the maniacal Joseph-Campbell- on-Dimethyltriptamine- attempts-an-impersonation-of -Ravi-Shankar- impersonating- the-Panama-Ltd.-Jug-Band- impersonating- the-Buddha of the groundbreaking next two albums. Worth it."
Great acoustic CD
Bring_back_the_60s | Australia | 03/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a CD that takes time to grow on you but it's worth the wait. Better than the Studio versions by far.Buy it!"