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The Incredible String Band - "U" - A Surreal Parable In Song And Dance album download
Performer: The Incredible String Band
Title: "U" - A Surreal Parable In Song And Dance
Country: US
Released: 2004
Style: Folk Rock
Rating: 4.1/5
FLAC size: 1213 mb | MP3 size: 1755 mb | WMA size: 1654 mb

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U is a double album, the seventh studio album overall, by the Scottish psychedelic folk group the Incredible String Band (ISB) and was released on Elektra Records in October 1970. The majority of the material featured on the album was taken from the mixed-media production of the same name, which saw the band backed by the dancing troupe the Stone Monkey. The concept of U derived from the ISB's fascination and subsequent conversion to Scientology in 1969.

I'll sing you this October song Oh, there is no song before it The words and tune are none of my own For my joys and sorrows bore it. Beside the sea The brambly briars in the still of evening Birds fly out behind the sun And with them I'll leavng. The fallen leaves that jewel the ground They know the art of dying And leave with joy their glad gold hearts In the scarlet shadows lying. When hunger calls my footsteps home The morning follows after I swim the seas within my mind And the pine-trees laugh green laughter

The Incredible String Band (sometimes abbreviated as ISB) were a British psychedelic folk band formed by Clive Palmer, Robin Williamson and Mike Heron in Edinburgh in 1966. The band built a considerable following, especially in the British counterculture, notably with their albums The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, and Wee Tam and the Big Huge

The Incredible String Band were an inspiration and a sign. So wrote Robert Plant in his programme notes for Led Zeppelin’s 1979 tour. the album had created quite a stir with its quirky songs and left-field arrangements.

The Incredible String Band (sometimes abbreviated as ISB) was a psychedelic folk band formed in Scotland in 1966. The band built a considerable following, especially within the British counterculture, before splitting up in 1974. They recorded their eponymous debut album in 1966, a lighthearted affair which revealed only the merest hint of the psychedelic adventures to come. In 1970 Robin Williamson attempted to fuse the music with his theatrical fantasies in a quixotic multi-media spectacular at London's Roundhouse called 'U'. It was "a surreal parable in dance and song" and highlighted the fact that they were never destined to make much money out of things. After that they lasted another four years. By 1974 tension between Williamson and Heron, who was pushing the band into prog-rock territory, had become unbearable and they split up.

Even by the Incredible String Band's own standards, U was an eclectic enterprise. The outfit once described by their producer Joe Boyd (in a 1997 piece in The Guardian) as "the first world music group" had already been weaving folk, rock, blues, mysticism, and the sounds and instruments of several continents into a unique mosaic for four years and half a dozen albums before U appeared in 1970. U was not just more of the same; it was a lot more of the same, the double album filling up nearly two hours of music. Described at the time (in Melody Maker) by Robin Williamson as a "surreal parable in song and dance," it was neither a pageant, a play, dance, theatre, nor pantomime, though there were elements of all of those. 01. El Wool Suite (Heron) 02. The Juggler’s Song (Williamson) 03. Time (Williamson) 04. Bad Sadie Lee (Shankman) 05. Queen of Love (Williamson) 06.

Freewheeling Complex Eccentric Theatrical Ambitious Earthy Knotty Playful Wistful Humorous. The Incredible String Band. Relics of the Incredible String Band. 3. Painting Box. Mike Heron. 4. First Girl I Loved. 5. The Hedgehog's Song. 6. Way Back in the 1960's.

Smoke Shovelling Song. 12. Can't Keep Me Here. Here Till Here Is There - An Introduction to The Incredible String Band.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1-1 El Wool Suite
Written-By – Mike Heron
1-2 The Juggler's Song
Written-By – Robin Williamson
1-3 Time
Written-By – Robin Williamson
1-4 Bad Sadie Lee
Written-By – Janet Shankman
1-5 Queen Of Love
Arranged By – Tom ConstantenWritten-By – Robin Williamson
1-6 Partial Belated Overture
Written-By – Mike Heron
1-7 Light In Time Of Darkness / Glad To See You
Written-By – Mike Heron
1-8 Walking Along With You
Written-By – Mike Heron
1-9 Hirem Pawnitof / Fairies Hornpipe
Written By – TraditionalWritten-By – Mike Heron
2-1 Bridge Theme
Written-By – Mike Heron
2-2 Bridge Song
Written-By – Mike Heron
2-3 Astral Plane Theme
Written-By – Robin Williamson
2-4 Invocation
Written-By – Robin Williamson
2-5 Robot Blues
Written-By – Robin Williamson
2-6 Puppet Song
Written-By – Robin Williamson
2-7 Cutting The Strings
Written-By – Robin Williamson
2-8 I Know You
Written-By – Licorice McKechnie
2-9 Rainbow
Written-By – Mike Heron

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra Records, Inc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Elektra Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Warner Music UK Ltd.
  • Published By – UFO Music
  • Remastered At – Heathmans Mastering
  • Made By – Cinram GmbH


  • Artwork – Phil Smee
  • Banjo – Peter Grant* (tracks: 4)
  • Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Violin, Tabla, Vocals – Rose Simpson
  • Drums – Dave Mattacks
  • Drums, Keyboards, Dulcimer, Guitar, Vocals – Licorice McKechnie
  • Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Mandolin, Keyboards, Vocals, Liner Notes – Robin Williamson
  • Guitar, Horns, Harpsichord, Piano, Organ, Bass, Sitar, Fiddle, Jew's Harp, Washboard, Shanai, Vocals – Mike Heron
  • Producer – Joe Boyd
  • Reissue Producer – Rick Conrad
  • Remastered By – Giovanni Scatola
  • Vocals, Harpsichord – Janet Shankman (tracks: 4, 5)


Recorded in San Francisco.
Original recordings ℗ & © 1970 Elektra Records Inc; this issue ℗ & © 2002 Warner Strategic Marketing.
16 page booklet with lyrics and more included.
Made in Germany
Former name of Cinram GmbH remained on backcover (Warner Music Manufacturing Europe).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 75596 27612 2
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L016
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 05N9
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 05P3
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): [Warner logo] 755962761-2/1.2 V01 YTM
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): [Warner logo] 755962761-2/2.2 V01 SVE

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
7E-2002 The Incredible String Band U ‎(2xLP, Album) Elektra 7E-2002 US 1970
7E-2002 The Incredible String Band U ‎(2xLP, Album) Elektra 7E-2002 Canada 1970
62 002, ELK 62 002, 7E-2002 The Incredible String Band U ‎(2xLP, Album, Gat) Elektra, Elektra, Elektra 62 002, ELK 62 002, 7E-2002 Germany 1971
C2-2002 The Incredible String Band U ‎(Cass) Elektra C2-2002 US Unknown
62002 The Incredible String Band U ‎(2xLP, Album) Elektra 62002 France 1971