“Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending” by The Incredible String Band - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1971Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

They line up: Robin Williamson (bass, claves, fiddle, finger cymbals, gimbri, guitar, keyboard, mandolin, piano, sarangui, shakers, violin, vocals), Mike Heron (bass, chimes, glockenspiel, guitar, harp, horn, keyboard, organ, sitar, vocals), Licorice McKechnie (backing vocals, keyboard, violin) and Rose Simpson (backing vocals, bass, percussion). Their documentary film “Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending” had been released in July, 1970 and this, marketed as the soundrack album, arrived in March, 1970. It was their first LP for Island Records, although producer Joe Boyd stated that the whole development was “a kind of clear out the cupboard thing”. The LP includes cuts which didn't make recent albums from 1968 to 1970, and the whole b-side consists of instrumentals that appeared in the film to set scenes and moods.

As Wikipedia tells, the film is broken down into two parts. Part one featured stage performances and interviews of the band with the intent of learning about the group's thought process and way of living. Part two involves the group with friends dressing up to create a short, 20-minute drama play called The Pirate and The Crystal Ball. A basic-storyline included a pirate attempting to steal a crystal ball from three fates (Simpson, McKechnie, and Schofield). The fates enlist a hunter (Maistre) to set matters right, and the hunter captures the pirate to be judged by two Gods (Williamson, Heron). In the end, the pirate is forced into an endless reincarnation cycle. A collage of psychedelic images relating to the pirate's past begin and end with the sound of a baby's cry, concluding the fable. They were energetic and creative, there's no doubt about that!

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:51] 4.9.png The Incredible String Band - Come With Me (Robin Williamson) Folk
A2 [04:24] 7.4.png The Incredible String Band - All Writ Down (Mike Heron) Folk Rock / Americana
A3 [05:04] 5.3.png The Incredible String Band - Veshengra (Robin Williamson) Folk
A4 [03:38] 4.7.png The Incredible String Band - See All The People [live] (Mike Heron) Folk
A5 [06:42] 6.1.png The Incredible String Band - Waiting For You (Robin Williamson) Crooner / Cabaret
B [26:41] 5.4.png The Incredible String Band - The Song Has No Ending, Pts. 1-9 (Robin Williamson, Mike Heron) Prog

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