Incredible String Band

Scottish band singing self-composed songs often with a mythological or anthropomorphic content. Instrumentation sometimes has middle-eastern or Indian flavour.

(Robin Williamson was not related to Roy Williamson of the Corries.)
(Robin Williamson has recorded solo and with Myrrh.)
(Robin Williamson is a story-teller as well as a singer/musician.)
(Mike Heron has recorded solo)
(Clive Palmer has also recorded with COB, and solo)


The Incredible String Band1966Hannibal/Elektra EKL 254
[Reissue] (Vinyl) 1990Sundazed  
[Reissue] (CD)1993 WEA 7559-61547-2
[Reissue] (CD) 2006Strange Days  
The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion1967Hannibal/Elektra EUKS 257
[Reissue] (Vinyl) 1976Elektra K42001
[Reissue] (CD) 1992Elektra 744960913-2
[Reissue] (Vinyl) 2003Sundazed LP 5128
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter1968Hannibal/Elektra EVKS 7258
The Big Huge1968Elektra EKS 74037
Wee Tam1969Elektra EKS74036
Changing Horses1969Hannibal/Elektra  EKS 74057
I Looked Up1970Hannibal/Elektra 2469002
U1970Elektra 2665001
Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending1971Island  
Taking Off (OST)1971Decca  
Liquid Acrobats As Regards The Air1971Island ILPS 9172
Earth Span1972Edsel/Island 
No Ruinous Fued1973Edsel/Island 
Hard Rope and Silken Twine1974Demon/Edsel/Island 
The Chelsea Sessions 19671997Pig's Whisker/Resurgence 
Nebulous Nearnesses2004 Quadrant 
Tricks of the Senses - Rare and Unreleased Recordings 1966 - 19722008Hux Hux100

Multi-volume Albums.

Title Year. Label. number.
5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion/ The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (1 CD) 2002 Collector's Choice ?
Changing Horses/ I Looked Up (1 CDs) 2002 Collector's Choice ?
Earth Span/ No Ruinous Fued2004  


Relics Of The Incredible String Band1971Elektra EKS 74065 
Seasons They Change - Best of the Incredible String Band1976Island 
Here Till There Is Here (An Introduction to the Incredible String Band)2001Island 
The Best of the Incredible String Band 1966 - 19702001 Warner Bros 
Heritage2003 Disky 
Across The Universe2007   

Live Albums.

On Air (Live) 1991Band of Joy 
BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert1992Windsong 
First Girl I Loved (live)1998 Mooncrest 
Bloomsbury 2000 (live)2001  
Philadelphia Folk Festival 1969 2003  
Everything Is Fine - Live2007  

Anthology - Waterson:Carthy, Barry Dransfield, A.L. Lloyd, Anne Briggs, Shirley Collins and Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Incredible String Band, Magna Carta, Lindisfarne, Sandy Denny, Oak, Richard Thompson et al.

Title. year. Label. number.
Anthology of English Folk (5 CDs) 2007? Deja Vu  

Anthology - Maddy Prior, Blowzabella, Incredible String Band, Celtarabia et al.

Strange Coincidences in Speciality Tea Trading 2005Osmosis OSMO 27 

Best albums(*).

Hangman's Beautiful Daughter1969
The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion1967
Wee Tam1969
The Best of the Incredible String Band 1966 - 1970 2001

(*) Based on critical opinion.


Title.year.Label. No
Way Back in the 60s/ Chinese White 1967Elektra EKSN 45013
Painting Box/ No Sleep Blues 1968  
Big Ted/ All Writ Down1969   
This Moment/ Black Jack Davy 1970    
Black Jack David/ Moon Hang Low 1972Island WIP 6145
At the Lighthouse Dance/ Jigs 1973    

Hit albums.

Title.year.Highest position.
The Incredible String Band196634 (*)
The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion196725
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter19685
Changing Horses196930
I Looked Up197030
Liquid Acrobats As Regards The Air197146

(* Not a hit until 1968).


Incredible String Band: Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending2001 
Live at the Lowry2007 

Last updated on 05/04/2010