Archive for February, 2010

The INCREDIBLE STRING BAND ~ Wee Tam & The Big Huge FLED 3079

Layout 5Layout 5Wee Tam & The Big Huge the Incredible String Band’s fourth record was conceived as a majestic double album, but confusingly released in November 1968 as a double album and as two separate single LPs. The set is regarded by many fans to be, along with its predecessor The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, their finest studio work.

By the second half of 1968 the ISB saw their popularity and reputation growing on both sides of the Atlantic. They began to sell out large concert venues like the Fillmore (East and West) and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Wee Tam & The Big Huge reflects an even wider variety of influences and is packed to overflowing with classic songs from Mike Heron and Robin Williamson.

The Fledg’ling deluxe 2CD digipac edition comes in a choice of two stunning front covers! Carefully remastered by original producer Joe Boyd and engineer John Wood with acclaimed mastering technician Simon Heyworth. The sets incorporate all elements of the original artwork and new sleevenotes from Mr Boyd.

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The INCREDIBLE STRING BAND ~ The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter FLED 3078

Layout 1The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter is arguably the Incredible String Band’s finest studio work. The record reached the top 5 in the UK album charts when first released in March 1968 and was nominated for a Grammy in the USA. The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter was a departure from the band’s earlier recordings, relying heavily on a more layered production, with imaginative use of the then new multi-track recording techniques. Robert Plant has said that Led Zeppelin found their way by playing Hangman’s and following the instructions.

The album’s centrepiece is Mike Heron’s ‘A Very Cellular Song’ which incorporates a Sikh hymn and the Bahamian spiritual ‘I Bid You Goodnight’ (learnt from the recordings of Joseph Spence. Other highlights include Williamson’s ‘The Minotuar’s Song’ and ‘The Water Song’. The careful remastering is quite revelatory – bringing out all the sonic majesty of the recording. The Fledg’ling edition has been carefully remastered by original producer Joe Boyd and engineer John Wood. Packaged in a stunning digipac with all elements of the original artwork and new sleevenotes from Robin Williamson.

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The INCREDIBLE STRING BAND FLED 3076

Layout 1The Incredible String Band was founded in Edinburgh in 1965, when Clive Palmer, Robin Williamson and later Mike Heron began a journey which would connect traditional folk music, ragtime and the emerging counterculture / psychedelic scene. Their remarkable early recordings paved the way for what has since become known as ‘World Music’.

Their debut album, first released in 1966 was a turning point album for many – the songs, the notes on the back, the photo on the front, the romance, the strangeness – all appearing as an harbinger of another world. For many fans this beguiling album was the first step in a life-long fascination for all things ISB.

The Fledg’ling edition has been carefully remastered by original producer Joe Boyd and engineer John Wood. Packaged in a stunning digipac with all elements of the original artwork and new sleevenotes from Clive Palmer and Robyn Hitchcock.

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WAY BACK IN THE 1960s

Fledg’ling together with Carthage records are very proud to announce a stunning series of INCREDIBLE STRING BAND re-issues. On March 29th we’ll be releasing definitive deluxe CD editions of The INCREDIBLE STRING BAND (FLED 3076), The 5000 SPIRITS OR THE LAYERS OF THE ONION (FLED 3077), The HANGMAN”S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER (FLED 3078) and WEE TAM & The BIG HUGE (FLED 3079). The early recordings of the String Band are among the finest and imaginative of late 1960s. All four albums have been very carefully re-mastered from the original master tapes by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering. The work was closely supervised by original producer Joe Boyd and engineer John Wood.

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“Though there have been other ISB CD re-issues over recent years, these truly are definitive editions. They sound and look fabulous.” The CDs are housed in stunning digipacs with all elements of the original vinyl artwork, new sleevenotes from Clive Palmer, Mike Heron, Robin Williamson and Joe Boyd, and some previously unpublished photographs. Robyn Hitchcock kindly wrote an introduction to the series. Uncut magazine enthusiastically declared these Fledg’ling editions “Reissues of the Month” in their April 2010 issue. Over the next couple of months expect to see reviews and features in many leading publications including Songlines, The Wire, R2, Shindig! and fRoots. The Incredible String Band revival begins here.

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JOHN KIRKPATRICK ~ MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 2010

JOHN KIRKPATRICK was awarded Musician of the Year 2010 at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on Monday February 1st at a ceremony in London. ‘Not before time’ was the opinion of many who attended the award ceremony. Congratulations, John.
More details can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/folk-awards-2010