Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
The only instrument played on Track 1, by the way, was Robin’s guitar. Mike and the girls did help a bit with the vocals though. This tended to be the way the vocals worked on almost all the tracks on the album.
Track 2 is a Mike Heron composition called “Puppies”, coming in at 5.30 minutes. Here of course he takes the lead vocals, and plays guitar, sitar and bass. Robin is credited with guitar, gimbri, bass and percussion. The song is much lighter than its predecessor, and has almost nothing to do with puppies; they are limited to one brief reference saying they have gone. It is nevertheless another quite brilliant piece.
Track 3 is a lovely instrumental composed by Mike Heron called “Beyond The See”. It lasts just 2.16 minutes, but is beautifully put together. It features Mike on organ and harpsichord, and Robin on whistle, gimbri and bass.
Track 4 is a short Robin Williamson song which he sings solo throughout. Much of the piece however is instrumental. It is called “The Yellow Snake” and lasts 2.04 minutes; the vocals come in towards the end:
“Someone you saw stretched sleeping on the sand
Five withered violets cradled in his hand
His dreams are so loud calling in your ear
The yellow snake coils from the water
And all is refreshed far and near”.
Short, but again quite brilliant.