Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
Side 1 opens with a Williamson composition called “Big Ted”. Robin sings lead and the other 3 provide backing vocals. He plays washboard and piano, Mike electric guitar and another piano, Rose bass, and Likky acoustic guitar, with the addition of a chap called Walter Grundy on harmonica. It is a very pleasant romp about a pig, lasting 4.21 minutes.
Track 2 is for me the least enjoyable one on the LP, being a dirge like Heron song called “White Bird”. The choruses are splendid, but short and few. But the song goes on for 14.46 minutes! Mike takes lead vocal and plays guitar, the other 3 doing the backing. Robin plays flute, sarang, Chinese banjo and percussion, Rose bass and Likky organ.
Track 3 ends Side 1, being another Williamson thing called “Dust Be Diamonds”, coming in at 6.14 minutes. It is a slightly frenzied piece, but very good indeed, and a welcome respite from the previous track. Robin sings lead and plays percussion and electric guitar, Mike guitar and vibraphone, Rose bass and Likky organ and kazoo.
The sleeve is a gatefold one, and the left side of the inside has this surreal Williamson penned picture: