An audio sampler track is playing when you open this post-- If it really annoys you, then pause the player at the end of the post. However, if you are musically open-minded and adventurous then enjoy the music.
The origins of the Country Music genre are deeply rooted in the traditional music of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The music of these backgrounds was carried to the United States by the immigrants who were settling during the formative years of this country.
THE HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER made my list of FIFTEEN FANTASY ISLAND FAVORITES and if my albums came down to five favorites this ISB album would be one of them. Here is what I initially had to say about this album:
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (1968) The Incredible String Band -- In 1969 I was first attracted to this because of all the different musical instruments that the band members played. But when I listened to the album I did not like it very much. It sounded so weird, so alien from anything I had ever listened to before. Then I listened to it again, and then again, and then again and again, and I began to really fall in love with the intricate music and magical lyrics. The music weaves elements of old English and Irish traditional styles with Indian and other ethnic styles with a rock and blues sensibility. I'd take any one of ISB's albums, but this one is my favorite. This is music that is spell-binding and I never have gotten tired of listening to it.
As is often the case with musical collaborations, frictions of personalities and divergences of musical tastes, eventually led to the parting of ways of Williamson and Heron and they went on to solo careers. In the nineties and into the first decade of the next century they reunited with mixed results for a series of concerts. Among all of the members of ISB, a legacy of often interesting recorded music has been left for the enjoyment and curiosity of future generations.
U. This was intended to be a theatrical musical stage production. After a short run in England and an even shorter run in the United States, the production was canned. This album contains some of their most bizarre work ever. After several listenings this album has grown on me and has some of my favorite songs. I have put a few of these songs on the playlist which accompanies this post. "The Juggler's Song" (how could I not use that one) and "Bridge Song" are two favorites from U. Then there is "The Queen of Love", which to my taste if I were compiling a list of my favorite beautiful songs, this would probably have to be one of them. The lyrics are sheer poetry and the orchestration almost gives it a feel of a classical art song.
Is this band new to you? If you listened to the samples, did you like them? What influences do you hear in this music?