Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
It’s good to be back. I have a few minutes to start this post, and I hop[e to finish it over the course of the next day or two. Much remains to be done as a result of my father’s death last year, but at last I can see an end to it in the foreseeable future.
I have to admit that I have now become a bit obsessed with the bizarre nature of this album, the extent of which I had not fully appreciated until starting to write these posts about it.
I mentioned in the last ISB post that I had TWO LPs both claiming to be, on Side 1, to be Side 1 of an album called “Wee Tam & The Big Huge”, even though I only have one copy of the double album; this came as a real shock to me, believe me.
It has come about by my purchase, over the internet, of a two LP package of this release. Each side of the two LPs, apart from Side 1 of the “Wee Tam” record, carries the name of the single LP only. The package was made in England. It came in a cellophane wrapper designed to keep the two LPs together, bearing this label:
The words on it read “Wee Tam/ The Big Huge”. The serial number of the “Wee Tam” record is EKS 74036, and that of “The Big Huge” is EKS 74037, exactly the same as those used in the double album. So, I went back to my “single” copies of the LPs, and sure enough the “Wee Tam” LP is EKS-74036, and bears an American address. My “The Big Huge” LP, however, is numbered K 42022 and bears the English address of EMI Records Ltd, even though the LP is on the “butterfly” Elektra label. The double album, however, was ALSO made in England!
The UK/USA thing becomes VERY distinctive indeed when we get to a later ISB LP in due course, God Willing.
For the time being, though, this album really never knew what it was, except perhaps when it was first released as the straightforward double album “Wee Tam & The Big Huge”; perhaps if they had called it something different it would never have divorced itself.
Sorry to be so boring in tis one, but I had to get this off my chest!