Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
Side 1 of the LP ends with “Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk”. This title is taken from the Biblical Gospels, King James version, where Jesus says to a man who has been crippled from birth to take up his bed and walk. Prior to this He has told him that his sins are forgiven, which was of eternal significance to him, unlike the second comment, miraculous though it was, which ceased to be relevant when the chap died, about 2000 years ago. Anyway, this is another rather frantic song, but this time a Roger Waters composition, concerning a bloke who is unwell, but appears to be having an affair with the doctor’s wife. In common with all the songs on the record, it is truly excellent, and a joy to listen to.
Side 2 opens with the classic instrumental track “Interstellar Overdrive”, by far the longest track on the record, coming in at over 9 minutes. The main guitar riff has always seemed to me to have been derived from the theme tune of an early 1960s UK BBC TV comedy series called “Steptoe And Son”, which has always leaned it a somewhat anticlimactic feel from my point of view. However, on any assessment this is a wonderful tour de force, and an excellent showpiece of what the band could do; also, it is more in keeping with what the group would be doing as the months and years rolled on.
A couple more pictures of how things were then: