Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
Side 2 of the LP opens with a brilliant instrumental called “Main Theme”. For me, this is the best track on the album, absolutely classical, timeless Pink Floyd at their very best. It is credited to all the members of the band, as indeed are all but one of the tracks on side 2. Each of them gives his all on this one, making as near perfect an instrumental as it is possible to do. Great stuff.
Track 2 is the only song on Side 2, all the others being instrumentals. It is titled “Ibiza Bar”. This is a rocker, but not as heavy as “The Nile Song” [see above]. The vocals are laid back in the mix, so it is very difficult to make them out. However, as will soon become apparent, I do have the lyrics in print form, and each verse ends with a sort of refrain:
“… build me a time
When the characters rhyme
And the story line is kind”
I have a CD version of this album, which comes in a facsimile cardboard cover. I was able to buy it from Fopp Records in Sheffield, many years ago when that shop still existed. It cost £15 when the standard price for a CD was £11.99:
The CD itself is a lovely picture disc, and comes in a polythene sleeve:
More about this CD in the next Pink Floyd post.