Album Cover Art Wednesday: The Incredible String Band

The Incredible String Band out of Scotland were one of the quirkiest bands in music history. Naturally, I like them. ISB is usually described as folk-rock but I’d add psychedelic and gypsy to the description as well. ISB has a lot to do with the fact that British hippiedom developed its own unique oddball style distinct from the American variety.

Their album covers were as quirky as the music. Here’s a sampler:

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The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, 1967.

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The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, 1968.

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I Looked Up, 1970.

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U, 1970.

Music time. Here’s The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter in its entirety:

U was my introduction to the ISB. It’s a concept album that’s  weird even by their standards:

 

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