If any musical combo ever meshed perfectly with the times it was the Incredible String Band. And here's the proof: 1967's The 5000 Spirits Or Layers Of The Onion on deep-grooved, High-Definition Vinyl. The wildly eclectic Scottish folk outfit--with the airy vocals and fretboard prowess of Robin Williamson and Mike Heron as its two constants--began life resurrecting wondrous and ancient Celtic ballads, then was transformed by the perfumed winds of 1967's psychedelic revolution to add sitar, oud, gimbri and all manner of exotic axes to its arsenal. The result is a gently mesmerizing psychedelia and anti-folk stance--consummate counterpoint to current psych heroes like Mogwai and Beachwood Sparks--that makes perfectly clear why the Incredible String Band remains just that: Incredible!
01 Chinese white 02 No sleep blues 03 Painting box 04 The mad hatter's song 05 Little cloud 06 The eyes of fate 07 Blues for the muse 08 The hedgehog's song 09 First girl i loved 10 You know what you could be 11 My name is death 12 Gently tender