Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
Track 5 on Side 1 is “Womankind”, a Williamson composition which Robin does completely solo, accompanied only by his guitar. This is what Mike said about it on the cover:
“A personal love song which doesn’t need to be written about, only listened to.”
I couldn’t agree more. It is a classic Robin Williamson song, showing off his unique singing and guitar style brilliantly, in something which is indeed a tender love song, utterly unlike any other.
Track 6 is “The Tree”, a Heron composition which Mike does completely solo, accompanied by his guitar, and this is what he said about it:
“When you’re a child anything will speak to you if you love it enough, but when you walk out of your high-pitched voice you sometimes leave a bit of your mind behind you.”
A fuller version of this song was recorded on a later LP, but this sparse delivery is probably better. It is a very moving song, showcasing his unique singing and guitar style brilliantly.
Track 7 is “Whistle Tune” (trad.arr. Williamson), and it does what it says on the tin. It is a solo instrumental by Robin playing a whistle, and very pleasant it is too. Mike: “It’s an Indian whistle that Robin uses on this track, though the notes seem to be a bit unpatriotic. Such a modest title too!”