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The Incredible String Band - Hard Rope & Silken Twine flac album

The Incredible String Band - Hard Rope & Silken Twine flac album
Hard Rope & Silken Twine
Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
FLAC album size:
1839 mb
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The Incredible String Band is the debut album by the band of the same name, released in Britain in 1966 by record label Elektra. It is the only one of the band's albums to feature the original trio line-up with Clive Palmer, Robin Williamson and Mike Heron. The trio had been signed to Elektra Records by Joe Boyd, who had seen them play in Glasgow. They recorded the album at the Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, London in one afternoon in May 1966, with Boyd as producer

Changing Horses is the fifth album by the Scottish psychedelic folk group, the Incredible String Band (ISB), and was released in November 1969 on Elektra Records (see 1969 in music). In addition, the album is seen as a transitional period in which the ISB shifted in musical textures, including early utilization of electric-based instruments.

Listening to the Incredible String Band could either be a joyous or excruciating experience - sometimes both in the space of the same song, and this album is a prime example of the extremes they could reach. Here Mike Heron contributes the wonderful "Make of Island," while Robin Williamson contributes "Dreams of No Return" with some delicious sitar work. Given that, and the fact that some of the songs are far from their best work, it's perhaps not too surprising that this was their last studio album before disbanding.

Rope and Silken Twine' is a very atypical album by The Incredible String Band on Island rather than their original home, Elektra and produced by Mike Heron rather than their long time handler, Joe Boyd.

Hard Rope & Silken Twine is the twelfth and final album released by The Incredible String Band. It was released in 1974. It was fitting that their final track "Ithkos" was 20 minutes of several compositions. Such lengthy compositions were common for the band during their heyday. Overall the album contains folk songs mixed with progressive rock influence.

Album by The Incredible String Band. Ithkosa) Sardis (Oud Tune)b) Lesbos – Dawnc) Lesbos – Eveningd) Aegean Seae) Dreams Fadef) Port of Sybarisg) Go Down Sybarish) Huntressi) Hold My Gaze. MusicBrainz: Hard Rope & Silken Twine.

Hard Rope & Silken Twine, Incredible String Band Bgo 2017. Sort: Recent best-seller. Incredible String Band promo LP Hard Rope And Silken Twine on Reprise psych folk. Mike Heron's for me the key influencer on ' Hard Rope And Silken Twine'. Other song highlights would be ' Cold February' and ' Glancing Love'.

Album list Hard Rope & Silken Twine. The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion. Liquid Acrobat As Regards The Air. The Chelsea Sessions 1967. Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending/Liquid Acrobat. The Incredible String Band. Wee Tam. Wee Tam And The Big Huge. The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Maker Of Islands
Written-By – Heron*
A2 Cold February
Written-By – Williamson*
A3 Glancing Love
Written-By – LeMaistre*, Garson*
A4 Dreams Of No Return
Double Bass – Danny ThompsonWritten-By – Williamson*
A5 Dumb Kate
Written-By – Heron*
Lyrics By – Mike Heron Written-By – Mike Heron
B.1 Sardis (Oud Tune)
Music By – Robin Williamson
B.2 Lesbos-Dawn
Music By – Mike Heron
B.3 Lesbos-Evening
Music By – Mike Heron
B.4 Aegean Sea
Music By – Mike Heron
B.5 Dreams Fade
Music By – Mike Heron
B.6 Port Of Sybaris
Music By – Graham Forbes
B.7 Go Down Sybaris
Music By – Mike Heron
B.8 Huntress
Music By – Mike Heron
B.9 Hold My Gaze
Music By – Mike Heron

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Island Music
  • Published By – Island Music Ltd.
  • Manufactured By – Festival Records Pty. Ltd.
  • Distributed By – Festival Records Pty. Ltd.


  • Artwork – Wayne Anderson
  • Bass, Steel Guitar [Pedal], Synthesizer [Moog Programming], Vocals – Stan Lee
  • Drums – Jack Ingram
  • Engineer – Roger Mayer
  • Guitar [Acoustic], Oud, Mandolin, Fiddle [Electric], Flute, Flute [Alto], Whistle, Congas, Vocals – Robin Williamson
  • Guitar [Electric] – Graham Forbes
  • Producer, Guitar [Acoustic & Electric], Sitar, Organ, Piano, Score [Strings], Vocals – Mike Heron
  • Vocals – Malcolm Le Maistre


Track A5 recorded live at Oxford using Island's Mobile.
Second catalogue number in smaller type in parentheses - original UK number.
No printed inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): SMX 44227 2A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): SMX 44228 2A

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ILPS 9270 The Incredible String Band Hard Rope & Silken Twine ‎(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9270 UK 1974
MS 2198 The Incredible String Band Hard Rope & Silken Twine ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2198 US 1974
MS 2198 The Incredible String Band Hard Rope & Silken Twine ‎(LP, Album, TP) Island Records MS 2198 US 1974
EDCD 368 The Incredible String Band Hard Rope & Silken Twine ‎(CD, Album, RE) Edsel Records EDCD 368 UK 1994
87704-I The Incredible String Band Hard Rope & Silken Twine ‎(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 87704-I Spain 1978