Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
This is a splendid album containing 16 tracks, all of which are quite short. Uniquely among the band’s LPs, this one has on its back cover notes on each of the tracks, which were written by Mike Heron. These are the same on both the American and the English versions; however; they have different general cover notes. These are the anonymous English ones:
“Ever since their meeting with a magic blackbird one day, the incredible string band have led lives of a rather strange nature. From dawn’s first pale whisper till the sun’s wick burns low, the logs on which they spend every waking hour splash whitely down the river.
“There are three logs, one for each of the incredible string band, and although they look just like any other logs, they were given to the three musicians by a golden wonder potato, who was a very close friend of the magic blackbird.
“Now you might think that, since they spend every day sitting astride their logs, they must have travelled a considerable distance down the river by now, but it appears that they have little interest in going far, in fact they are constantly stopping, turning around, and even splashing backwards. If a bird leans out of the branches and sings the warmth of summer to them, they stop and echo its song in their hearts, and if any of the creatures of the forest calls to them, they are sure to stop for a chat.
“They have no idea where they are going, and they certainly will have changed by the time they get there, for they change all the time – one moment they are two kangaroos and a badger, the next moment, a monkey, an elephant and a rat, no wonder the logs have started to split.
“Everywhere they go, they leave bits of themselves lying about all over the place, and if you didn’t look at them very closely, you might quite easily think they were songs.”