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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

The Incredible String Band

1968

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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

Rating

2.13

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Really enjoyed this. Of course by enjoyed, I mean I tolerated it. By tolerated it, I mean I'd rather smother by body in chilli and get fucked by all members of The Incredible String Band wearing condoms laced with razor blades, whilst my Internet search history is read to everyone I've ever met, than ever listen to this ever again.

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Untalented people learned what a sitar was, and for some reason recorded an album

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I can not imagine how much acid was consumed to make this horrible piece of shit.

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Literally ruined my morning

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5

I feel like this is not going to help with my headache. This is so fucked. A lot of effort for a lot of shitty music. Laughably bad, but in a way that makes it really funny. If this is just a stupid parody, it's the most genius thing I have ever heard. Ok, It's like everyone, even Wikipedia, is agreeing that the album is a masterpiece and a soulful vision of the future of world-music, but for gods sake they play the kazoo! I could give this album a 5 or a 1 and nothing in between. Goddamn, what a listen. But definitely worth the listen. If you ever want to listen to something different. Listen to this. Perfect album 5/7 Ok I was joking and was going to give the album a 1 for it's obvious and inherent BADness, but after seeing one of the most popular reviews of it on this site, stating that it's a : "soul-shaking" and "a once in a life-time album", as the only actual review of an album on the profile, and thinking of the fact that he might've had the dedication to make new accounts again and again, just so he could get this album and give it a five and an over-the-top good review, makes me feel so warm inside. Maybe they had the exact same ironic humor as we do today, and chose to make something really beauti'fæl, but the lyrics and messages are so sincere and good that they make me think that maybe they were all just tone-deaf, or unimaginably high when making these tunes, but no matter what I love this. And I admire this. But holy shit is it bad. "A Very Cellular Song" Is very silly. Thinking of myself as a very small amobea, wiggling and seeing another one of myself being created from myself as well as riding backwards on a giraffe and laughing is great. This is very cute, but its still so silly and weird, like why wouldn't they conform to the norms and divide this piece up in multiple songs instead of having these akward endings multiple times in the middle of the song. This is quite a weird listen. I feel like I've really spent some quality time with these guys, and if I'd been high I don't think I'd ever be able to go down again. I arrive at "The Water Song" and realize, again, how crazy bad these sounds are. How did they manage to make water flowing sound bad? This is so fucked, why do I genuinely like this? I'm at "Three Is a Green Crown" and it's actually so good, what the fuck is going on. I feel all my worries and daily struggles slowly resolve and vanish in a misty nothingness. "Swift as the Wind" has arrived and I feel how the mysteries of the world hath entered me and begun their everlasting gnawing of my down-beaten and cold heart, and finally a beginning of an understanding life has come its way. "Nightfall" has come, and I am ready to go to sleep. Conquer my mind in it's real place of stay; my dreams. I have listened to the whole album again. This has truly been a sight-gaining experience for me, and I am not going to forget it, "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" has landed itself a spot on my 1001 list, and it's there to stay. If music is art, and the purpose of art is to make you think, and not least /feel/, this album can easily be called some of the best music.

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What can I say about this album that hasn't already been said? I don't even know why I'm typing, its as if I feel an impulse to express how this album affected me, so that it in turn, can affect others in the same extraordinary way. I'm not a rock geek, or a Pitchfork snob. I'd like to think I know good music when I hear it and to say this is "good" music, or even exceptional is nearly an insult to it's majesty. My opinion is that there are only a few albums that truly resonate within one's life, that doesn't merely ask, "why" but how one's "being" can fit into this infinite cosmos that we call "life". Am I being dramatic, yes. But it is a soul-shaking record. In my opinion, "Koeeoaddi There" is one of the finest songs ever written. The lyrical picture Robin Williamson paints is nothing short of religious, and I'm not overstating that. This is a once in a life-time record. This album takes a minimum of 3 listens to understand, and once you start to unravel the mysteries and meanings in the lyrics, it will afford you life-long pleasure. The Beautiful Hangman's Daughter means something different to me every time I play it. As much as I love "5000 spirits or the layers of an Onion", this album has an x-factor of unknown origin that transcends time and the confines of psychedelic folk rock. I know all of this sounds pretentious but don't take my word for it, buy it.

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So many drugs. They look like the Manson family. They sing like its the fucking middle ages. Horrendous nonsense. 1/5

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From reading through the reviews, I can tell this is either a love or hate album and I kinda get it. A lot of psychedelic music that was coming out in the 60’s was just… terrible and I think this album treads the line between atrocious and genius a bit too well. You can tell they were high af making this. A lot of the lyrics and sounds feel like they could have come from a child’s imagination. Which, to me, is not a bad thing, it brings a more wholesome and almost innocent tone to the tracks. Another thing that I’ve found with 60’s psychedelic music is the pretentiousness and seriousness of it all. This album doesn’t take itself seriously which I think helps make a more positive listening experience. In all of the weirdness and experimentation, you can tell the band members are all very talented at what they do. The backing instrumentals never feel messy (although I think the variety and layers of instrumentals would put some people off) and the lead singer actually has a lovely voice. I liked the use of harmonies with the backing vocals. I actually really liked it and it was an enjoyable listening experience. Fave track: The Minotaur’s Song Least fave track: Three is a Green Clown (Bonus points for being a homegrown Scottish band)

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This one was gay.

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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter. What the shittin' fuck is that? She is such an ugly little, fat cunt. I'd have a right good go on her tits though. Fuckin' sign me right up for that, just not for this dogshit music.

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Beautiful ballads, loved it!

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Wyspy nareszcie obrodzily albumikiem, ktory jest dla mnie calkowitym zaskoczeniem, dodatkowo pozytywnym zaskoczeniem, bo jak inaczej mozna okreslic psychodeliczny folk prosto ze szkocji, the incredible string band to duet mike herona i robina williamsona, ktory stworzyl naprawde ciekawy stylistycznie material, zarowno jesli chodzi o czesc liryczna, jak i wykorzystane instrumenty, bo tych jest tutaj od groma, a ich dzwieki sa tak egzotyczne, ze polowa nazw nic mi nie mowi, guitar, gimbri, penny whistle, percussion, pan pipe, piano, oud, mandolin, jaw harp, chahanai, water harp, harmonica, tak sie prezentuje repertuar pana herona, natomiast williamson troche skromniej, ale nadal bardzo orientalnie, sitar, Hammond organ, guitar, hammered dulcimer, harpsichord, slychac ze album nagrany przy wykorzystaniu mocnego overdubowania, ale jednoczesnie brzmi nadal jako jednolita kompozycja, pojawia sie na plycie takze kilku muzyantow studyjnych, ktorych glowna rola sa spiewy w harmoniach jak na swift as the wind, jak zabawy overdubem, to nie moglo zabraknac wykorzystania kanalow i przestrzennosci dzwiekow, szepty zza sceny, dzwieki przemieszczajace sie z jednego kanalu na drugi, stopniowanie decybeli, najwiekszym zbiorem zabaw dzwiekiem na plycie bedzie najdluzszy trak, czyli a very cellular song, ktory jest kondensacja brzmienia tej plyty, co do tekstow, to obaj tworzyli swoje kawalki oddzielnie i slychac to po ich kontencie lirycznym, williamsonowe sa o wiele bardziej zawile przez wrecz katujace wykorzystanie idiomow, czy tez nawiazan metafizoczno mitologiczno spirytualistycznych, najbardziej to oczulem na kawalku the minotaurs song, pisanego z prespektywy tytulowej bestyji, natomiast heronowe kompozycje wydaja sie byc mniej skupione wokol wnetrza, a staraja sie interpretowac to co nas otacza, chociaz cellular song jest jego, jesli chodzi o wokale to przypominaja one w niektorych momentach wrecz qawwali, zwlascza gdy odpali sie jakas sitarka, na plejaka dodaje wspominanego cellulara, the water songa i nightfalla, dawno nie bylem tak pozytywnie zaskoczony muzyka wyspiarska z tej listy

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Revolutionary album. A bit crazy...you can tell that the band was experimenting with many different styles. Defenitely influenced by psychedelics. Love this crossover of folk, pop, rock and more.

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No tengo de los champiñones adecuados para escuchar esto.

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This is what I come to this site for. Weird and wonderful things that I might not otherwise have stumbled across. It deserves more of a listen than I was really able to give it. I'm not sure when I'm going to be in the very specific mood that will require but I am looking forward to it.

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I wasn't initially sold, but it definitely grew on me. Very cool early psychedelic album. I was hooked by the end. Not a perfect album, but a cool piece of 60s rock pioneering.

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Barely skates three stars for interesting weirdness but the utter monotony of the vocals injures any virtue in the words and music.

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"Hmm, an experimental album from the 60s. I am not going to like this." It's fine. It gets a little hard to listen to toward the end, but for the most part, the album maintains direction and melody. Those, alongside the more traditional Celtic underscore, really help; it prevents the experimentality from seeming too indulgent. Still, I don't think I need to listen to it again. Recommended season: Spring

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Love folk, hippie stuff - better still the band is Scottish!

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When I first started this album, it didn't really grab me. But it grew on me as I worked through it, and there are some legitimately great songs on here. I like the interesting instrumentation, and the song structures are experimental without being too far out there. I can also see a through-line from this to the modern-day psych rock and fuzz folk that I have listened to, which makes this interesting historically as well. So, even if I didn't really *enjoy* listening to it, I did find it interesting, and that's worth a couple of stars.

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This is closer to a high 2 just based on enjoyability. However, the group really tried to use exotic instruments and maintain their folk roots, which I have to appreciate. I remember it took me AGES to get into some of the Beatles' psychedelic offerings, and I figure this is similar, albeit a bit worse in its execution.

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"I think drugs have done some good things for us, I really do. And if you don't believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight and take all your albums, all your tapes and all your CD's and burn them. Because, you know what? The musicians who made all that great music that's enhanced your lives throughout the years... rrrrrrrreal fucking high on drugs. Man, the Beatles were so high, they let Ringo sing a couple of tunes. Tell me they weren't partying. (singing) "We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine." We all live in a-do you know how fucking high they were when they wrote that? They had to pull Ringo off the ceiling with a rake to sing that fucking song. (Beatle voices) John, get Ringo, he's in the corner. Ooh, look at him scoot, grab him! Hook his bellbottom, hook his bellbottom! He's got a song he wants to sing us. Something about living in a yellow tambourine or something. Ringo, Yoko's gone, come down, we can party again! They were real high, they wrote great music, drugs did have a positive effect." -- Bill Hicks

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So random! Holds up spork! Do drugs, kids!

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Absolutely horrific. Just a bunch of discordant sounds and strange instruments. Awful, just awful. Totally ruined my dinner cooking experience.

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I have no clue here… Koeeoaddi theme was alright at the start fine the singing was bad but instrumentally it was alright then all of these extra sounds render it unlistenable. The minotaurs song somehow sounds worse there’s theres these really annoying backing singers who start all making what I think was Minotaur noises it’s still listenable though. Witches hat would be alright filler but just little bits like putting in the flute ruin this track . And now for 13 minutes of this band from hell in a very cellular song, we’ll it’s really a multi parter, maybe I’am numbed to the sound of this band but I felt this song was still overdone but it was better done than the previous songs ( especially the first few parts) it does drop back in the normal weirdness of this band but to have 6 minutes of sanity was nice. Mercy I cry city is okay in terms if this album but there are just too many sounds pasted on. Waltz of the new moon isn’t that good but it’s still the problem of this band adding way too many elements to their songs. But it flows nicely into water song at the start a nice pace breaker then it adds in all the weird jangly noises. Three is a green crown is up next, at the start the extra bits were lower in the mix so I was actually gonna complement this one but it got real poor as it progressed, still the album’s best! I would like the intro to swift as the wind but the ah’s made it annoying; actually this probably applies to the whole first bit, then it goes into a slower near unlistenable bit which doesn’t work well for the song, the first bit gets repeated and song done. Nightfall makes sense as the closer a much slower/ shorter piece it’s very meh. Overall I hated it there’s only one album I’ve herd that’s worse and I given that a 2 but this album just feels like a 1 y know.

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5

Ааааааа

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5

I really enjoyed this.

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4

Interesting music and album

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4

Some really solid psychedelic folk music. 8.0/10

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This album makes me wanna live in a forest

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I liked it tbh

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I liked it.

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Not sure what it is about this album that seems to inspire such vitriol in people. I think it’s cool and unique:)

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Ja gilla de!

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Här var det psykadelisk hippie-musik för hela slanten. Ganska bra egentligen men blev slut i huvudet av de otroliga skeva lyricsen efter halva albumet. En kropp fullproppad med LSD hade nog gett en 5:a!

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3.5

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Can't say I've heard anything quite like it. Violently 60s. Somewhere between hymnal and Renaissance music, with some added eastern flair. Can't say I'll listen again, but it's cool to know this exists. Favorite track: "The Minotaur's Song"

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Talented guys, just don’t feel like it held up. Giving them three stars though because I admire what they were trying to do here

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Nice, but not for everyday listening.

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Not my thing. Boring

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Interesting collection of noises, Celctic and middle-east instruments.

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"Ambiente de música é ambiente de droga, vcs caem fora de ambiente de música." Rogeirinho do Ingá.

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3

Sounds like a modern hipster band

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Was expecting worst given that it’s one of the lower rated here, it wasn’t that bad, it’s kinda dull tho

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3

Psychedelic Folk

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Ijl klinkende muziek, niet slecht.

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I really like their music, in the background and more carefully at times

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3

A cacophony of Renaissance music

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Odd album that I found myself surprised by how much I enjoyed some songs.

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funky, not my groove

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Very unexpected, kind of folk-esque psychedelic but with heavy African and Asian influence. This probably would have worked better as an instrumental album, but overall very nice.

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Wilfully obtuse, I found it hard going.

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bem experimental, por vezes tem sons da natureza, é meio psicodélico, um pouco tribal em alguns momentos o álbum começa bem hipnótico, canto leve quase falado, instrumentos árabes. Muito gostoso de ouvir, me lembra lendas cantadas, bem folk. Tem palmas, muito folk! segunda música completamente diferente, piano, violão, coro de bar, parece canção de marinheiro as músicas são completamente cheias de camadas

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Weird. Twangy. Eh.

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Psychedelic folk invariably leaves me wishing it were either more psychedelic and less folk or more folk and less psychedelic. Rarely a combination that works.

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I should imagine if this is your thing then this album is good… it’s a bit too medieval for me, but can appreciate it may be liked!

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The second "psychedelic folk" album in a row, a genre I didn't know existed until I got Devendra Banhart's album yesterday. In any case, I'm not sure what to make of this album. At first I thought it sounded like a Monty Python-like parody, but the further I got into it the more I started digging it. I can definitely see how influential it was on Led Zeppelin, and I even hear shades of Syd Barrett in some of these songs. I feel like I need to listen to this 3 or 4 more times to fairly judge it, but for now I'll give it 3 stars.

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Ganska swag i musikhörnan... vocals drar ner på det dock

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Based on the makeup of the band and the unique folk sound that they have I should like this a lot more than I do but this album doesn't really hit me. I tried to give it a few listens and although I can really appreciate the musicianship and the complex writing I find that I can't connect with the songs on any emotional level. There were a few moments on side 2 that really impressed me. That instrument that sounds like a cartoon spring is annoying as hell though and made side 1 more challenging than it should have been. I would give this 2 and a 1/2 stars but the playing is quite good even if the vocals are not so I'll round this up to a 3.

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This was cool. I clearly dig anything that involves tons of strings and this did it for me. Not one I’d go back to all the time, but decent.

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As much as I appreciate how experimental and influential this album is. For me it didn’t click. I enjoy all of the elements that make up this album, however they did not mesh together well. While some transitions were interesting, others were quite jarring. I appreciate the incorporation of a diverse set of instruments, however, it did come across as a bit amateurish.

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The Manson Family were definitely listening to this. Giving it an extra star for its presumed influence on psych and also the theatrical rock stylings of Led Zep et al

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3

This was… a lot

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3

Amazingly trippy psych folk. It just scratches a certain inch on my brain. 3.5

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The Incredible String Band are a new band for me, and The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter was all new music for me too. The musis matches the album cover, with som psychodelia mixed with an odd bit of folk. The jaw harp came in early enough to let me know I was going to hear something different. Some of the vocals relied on 'la la la's and 'ah ahaaaah uh ah-ah' kinds of arrangements that wore out their welcome. There were a couple of songs that were quite weird, but in an endearing way ("A Very Cellular Song", and "Mercy I Cry City"). I did not know how to deal with the weirdness of "The Minotaur's Song". I definitely did not like "Witches Hat". I don't think that I LIKE this album, but the album was enjoyable enough to make listening to the album as a whole worth that much time.

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Psychedelic folk from 1968 that makes Syd Barrett's life-altering solo work look restrained and coherent. Gentle and mental. Why did nobody play this to me at uni? I demand a refund!

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Það tók mig viku að klára að hlusta á þessa plötu. Fer fram og til baka. Söngurinn stundum hvimleiður og falskur, svaka tilgerð á köflum og tilviljunarkennd lagauppbygging. - En samt heillandi hugmyndir og flutningur inn á milli. Má hlusta á.

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This was fine. It was more weird than good.

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Unique, I enjoyed the vocal harmonies on this album. I didn't love all the instrumentation but it was certainly an interesting listen. Overall I didn't mind it but probably wouldn't listen to it again.

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3

Very odd album, typical late 60s and Britain. Not bad but can definitely get annoying

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I actually listened to this a week ago, having seen it among the lowest rated albums on the list for a while and been curious. It feels like a precursor to Richard Dawson's weird explorations of medieval music. Not as good, but not terrible. It's definitely a difficult listen, akin to Trout Mask Replica, but challenging isn't the same as bad. It is nowhere near as good as Trout Mask Replica (which I have a lot of thoughts on whenever we get around to that album), but it doesn't deserve to be rated lower than Kid Rock. I wouldn't put it on the list at all, but there's at least 500 albums on here that I wouldn't put on the list. I'd call this album a 3, but it's also a litmus test. If you gave this album a 1 but Appetite for Destruction anything higher than a 2, we probably won't get along.

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I was ready to write this off as an album that shouldn’t be included until I heard a lick popularized by the Grateful Dead. If you’re good enough to share source material and interests with the dead, you’re good enough for a patient listen from me. Very nice album. The conceptual songs are tedious but the melodies are pleasant and I’m always game for some sitar.

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What the heck is this

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Blaaah. Ei pullamössösukupolven edustaja ymmärrä näin hienoa musiikkia....

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dåligt men har hört sämre album hittills.

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Cool hippy music with a lot of pjoing poijgn, that went on for way too long, also the singing was sometimes good, but mostly awful

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Not for me. Too folky, airy fairy.

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Jesus would NOT approve this album.

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not bad, could be good on LSD?

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No nyt on taas huumeet maistunut pojille. Akustista progeilua ja sekoilua, joka ei iske omaan makuhermoon yhtään. Jopa kahteen kertaan kuuntelin läpi mutta ei tämä oikein auennut.

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Not for me

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Very psychedelic funk. Typical 60s stuff.

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Brings me back. Haven't listened to this record in awhile. Not their strongest, but a good listen.

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Psychodelic rock, my ass...

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sorry, not for me

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lol these people are so high.

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Ihan kivaa vaihtelua tällainen musisointi, mutta ei ihan minun kuppini teetä. Oliko tämä nyt sitten jotain keskiaikaista folkia vai mitä. Ei mitenkään häiritsevää, mutta ei tästä oikein sen suurempaa irti saanut. Elämysosastolle. Minotaurilaulun liian suuret sarvet jäivät mieleen.

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Very eclectic folk tunes. Sometimes sounds like Monty Python!

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a rambling, folksy, psychedelic experience. Feels like a bunch of folk musicians slowly falling down a flight of stairs. I'm shocked I didn't like this, given everything else I gravitate towards. Trout Mask Replica except I don't get the joke.

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I was expecting to like it but didn't. Too far out there even for me.

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Production: 6/20 Songwriting: 8/20 Innovation: 14/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 7/20 =35 Bit too weird for me petal. Lots of wailing and references to Christian mythology.

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Iets te zweverig en nonsens lyrics voor mij

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What is this even supposed to be? Definitely not for me.

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Uma Schitar, um gajo que parece que desafinar junto com uma espécie de vibe medieval dá um álbum relativamente desagradável de se ouvir. Nota :3/10

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Wir zu weltmusiklich

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Labeled Psychedelic. I appreciate it, but will not listen to again.

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Didn’t finish this album. So freaking bored. I get it. Gonna give it 2 stars because I didn’t finish it.

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Innnnteresting.

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Not my thing.

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Hippy music.

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Not my thing

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Started off strong but became pretty annoying as it went on. Neat concepts but not executed well.

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Acoustic with flutes and sitars. What starts off as good lyrics, quickly loses any luster and becomes a drone. Add it to the list of early psychedelic rock that wasn't good enough to transcend a brief trend.

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I like folk, but this was just too folkey for me

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Ja, natürlich gibt es diese psychedelisch verspuktten Momente auch schon direkt im ersten Song, Koeeoaddi Theme, aber direkt danach im Minotaurenthema singt er wieder, der Gauklerchor und ich sehe die Angestellten des Ministry of Silly Walks vorbeischlendern. Witches Hat: ja nun, hallo Catweazle. Später dann auch mal Blaupausen für zB die Fleet Foxes (Waltz of the New Moon) und so, mehr Psychedelik (Three is a Green Crown), die icu aber von George Harrison schon besser gehört haben will. Lässt mich etwas ratlos zurück, ich will das doofer finden als ich es tatsächlich tue. Vergebe salomonische 2,6 und tue trotzdem nur 2 Sterne drauf. So.

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Rubbish

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Experimental psychedelic folk... much of it sounds like a bunch of stoned hippies noodling around with instruments but there are some harmonious parts where I can understand how this type of music influenced bands like Led Zeppelin.

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Boring acoustic

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Halfway through and this album is NOT working for me at all. Just not something I can latch on to at all. Nope not really 😕 2 🌟

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Liked much of the instrumentation, heavily put off by the vocals. Songs meandered and stretched on and on at times

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I did not know that psychedelic folk existed. Now that I have heard it, I'm not in love with it. It was fun to hear once. Some of the time, the conglomerated layers of instruments sounded less composed and more randomly thrown together.

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I'm glad these guys are doing their thing, but jesus christ

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Too weird. I did some reading and this was part of the psychedelia movement? Yeah, but took an acid trip and landed in the Middle Ages. I have to give them credit for the sheer variety of instruments they bring to bear. One or two songs I can handle, but the whole thing got old fast. Unless of course I was at Medieval Times for the day.

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It was a little too folksy for me. I don't know if I would combine psychedelia and folk for a full album like that. I mean, one song is refreshing, but geez. By the end, it was just too much. I enjoy folk music a good deal, but I always get a sense of variety within the songs. These just feel very flat with not a lot of energy to them. I guess you had to be there? And then there's "A Very Cellular Song." It's an ode to mitosis? REALLY? Okay... Sorry, I just can't take this seriously.

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Not offensive sonically, but without value for me. At times I couldn't tell if it was a theme/comedy/genre album. Commune vibes.

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This album made me feel like a little lad.

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Wow, initially listening I thought I could get on board with this album the first couple of tracks were a little kooky but manageable. Then came "A Very Cellular Song" - all 13 mins of it and it was just about as much as my mind could handle. The trippy lyrics and use of sitars and finger cymbals was way too much for me and I was definitely not high enough to appreciate much else. Some of the vocals (not sure who was responsible for them) reminded me of Italian folk music (similar era so maybe it was a thing) where the singing gets all whiny sounding like having a stomach ache. Which is what it gave me to be honest, not very pleasant. Best: The Minotaur's Song Worst: A Very Cellular Song

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Not sure about this at all. Not quite awful but pretty fucking close. Mad as a bag of fridges.

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This album came out right around when Genesis was forming. You can tell there are storytelling elements in here shared by both bands, but this band is a little more eclectic. Did I think there'd be an album in here with jawbone? Nope.

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Meh. Felt like I was at a renaissance fair and ate too many stewed mushrooms.

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This felt like being at a Renaissance fair. We need better albums.

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I’m starting to question the individual who has decided so many albums must’ve heard before I die 😂

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The individual components of vocals and instruments I enjoy, but the collective was so unorganized and sounded very annoying. It was hard to listen to despite being in its components all the things I enjoy.

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A bit downtempo and acoustic for my tastes - there are several interesting vocal touches on choruses, but not enough to keep things from getting stale across the 40-minute runtime. That being said, this hardly deserves to be one of the lowest globally rated albums in the project given some other LPs I’ve heard…

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Strewth. Kill me now.

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I used to think our cultural distaste for the hippie movement was an overreaction. Then I listened to this album.

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That was a tough listen. Seems like they went out of their way trying to incorporate new instruments and timing throughout each of the songs.

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well boring

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Didn't enjoy it that much

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Ei

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shit

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No mamar...

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I will never smoke enough dope or drop enough acid to make me want to listen to this again. Minstrels at a Renaissance fair.

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That's incredible! That I listened to it and I'm still breathing.

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“The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter” by The Incredible String Band (1968) I actually listed to this album. Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to a concept we call ‘pitch’ . . . Ah, forget it. Pffft. 1/5

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Trash

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What the fuck is this.

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File under "what the"

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Couldn't finish. Too weird for me 😕

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Hang me.

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Like hearing a cancer diagnosis. Horrendous.

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The most one star of all the one stars. Possibly, nae probably the worst thing I’ve ever heard.

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Ich hatte mich auf guten Folk gefeit und dann war es ein indischer Wanderzirkus

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1st July 2021 Listened on my phone in bed the morning of ben Barkham's wedding trying to squeeze it in before going all weekend not being able to listen to anything! Sounds like a monty python album. Very psychedelic, folk 60s. Very strange. I guess you had to be there. Smacked off your tits.

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Probably the worst album I’ve had on this so far.

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listened to 2 songs and dipped

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Is this a joke? This is why the 60s have a bad reputation. This is also why we won the Revolutionary War.

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Is it over yet? Twee going nowhere folk music. The kind of thing people who don't like folk imagine what folk is. Worse than every Fairport Convention album, even the ones before they were folk or after Denny and Thompson left.

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Weird. I do not really like that this type of music.

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if this were to be released today it would fail miserably

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Complete trash, I didn't enjoy any of this, it was unbelievably obnoxious

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God, what is this. So out there 😂 weird as hell. Don't know if it's so weird it's good, or if it's just too weird 😂. Psychedelic, a bit medieval and then also a bit Eastern sounding. bless them, not good. I think maybe a solid 1/5 😂

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Perhaps the right music if I were in a forest visiting Tom Bombadil for a weekend pipe-weed smoking getaway while hiding the One Ring. As I'm listening it's impossible to not imagine a number of hilariously-dressed flautists prancing around a stage while singers are skipping in different directions while gently tossing flower petals into the audience. Very much of the era (late 60s) and I had to try to dial in a wider acceptance rather than judge this in a standard pop/rock vein. Points for usage of many non-traditional (in a pop sense) instruments which is what I ended up trying to focus on. I really tried. But wow - this one is tough to get through. Very tough. Completely unfamiliar with the band before today, I had no expectations. After a few minutes I was hoping and wanted it to go off in a truly weird/fun/trippy direction (ala Gong) but instead just stayed odd in a tiresome way for me and went south from there. The vocals carry a nearly extreme cringe factor for me which makes this unrecoverable overall. I can't definitively say that "Three Is A Green Crown" is the worst song I've ever heard but I'm not going to argue with anyone who claims it. holy hell..... somebody put the wounded animal singing it out of its misery already. ...which only leads into "Swift As The Wind" ... oh. oh my. I've just come across their previously-hidden pre-production notes: "how can we make a song worse than having one wailing vocalist?" "......TWO wailing vocalists??" "genius." I'm resisting a reflexive "I really don't like this" because I was hoping upon a second listen I get it a little more but .... there's no way I can get through it again as it just kept getting worse and worse and yes: *I really don't like this.* 2/10 1 star.

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OK at first I didn’t think it was absolutely terrible but as it went on I wanted to barf he started awkwardly making all these not yelling noises but just a voice raises and I very much did not like it

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Madre mía, que disco más insufrible. Mira que me gusta la psicodelia, el folk y muchas parecidas. Al ver el disco y leer quienes son en wikipedia y la época del disco pensé que me gustaría. No os molestéis en escucharlo, de verdad.

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Bad. Comically bad.

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i like the dark as dark as can be. metal lyrics on the least metal music ever. that said listening this was so much more stressful than listening to metal music. so much out of tune singing.

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The hangman should of hung his beautiful daughter before she released this fucking garbage. Album cover looks darker than an episode of jim’ll fix it too. Would not recommend even to a deaf person.

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I usually get some satisfaction out of guessing an album by its cover, but today there was none. It was never going to be anything but psychedelic folk rock crud. To be honest, it was even worse than I expected: some ultra-stoned combo of renaissance fair-type ditties and sitars. spaaaare me. There's a part of me that hopes the, uh, "over-representation" of albums from this time period is mostly just to fill the 1001 total goal and serve as placeholders for future editions, but I know that's not true. This crap will stay in every edition of the book ever, and albums like Arise and Rust in Peace will be cut to make room for future Drake albums or some shit. 1/5.

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Schulaufführung in der Aula zieht sich in die Länge; pfeiff mir aufm Klo lieber den dritten ‚Kleinen Feigling‘ rein, ehe ich wieder zu den Mittelaltermarkt Pfeifen reingehe. Vonnöten mindesten 1.1 Promille

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Did not enjoy.

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Makes you want to kill hippies. 1

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Track 01 - 1.25/5 Track 02 - 1.5/5 Track 03 - 1.25/5 Track 04 - 1.5/5 Track 05 - 1.25/5 Track 06 - 1.25/5 Track 07 - 1.25/5 Track 08 - 1.25/5 Track 09 - 1.25/5 Track 10 - 1.25/5 Overall - 1.25/5 Album Art - 2.25/5

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Is this a joke? Absolute shite, a real chore to get to the end.

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Even if you're not a big fan of the kazoo, these fuckers have you covered with panpipes and harpsichords. The big rumor is apparently Robert Plant once went on record suggesting Zeppelin wanted their first album to sound like this. Thankfully, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham didn't agree. Two hundred albums in, and already I have an easy candidate for the worst album on the list. And frankly, it's not even close. To paraphrase the late Roger Ebert, I HATED this album. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated the this album.

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I’ve yet to describe an album as irritating. But here we go...... Fave tracks: The Michael Jackson song that came up on shuffle at the end of this travesty.

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Worst album on this list so far. I listened through once, never again. I didn't enjoy the parts where they sang gibberish and played a tin whistle out of tune in the background. So all of it. Interestingly, I listened to the first album by ISB and they CAN sing and play so presumably this album was a conscious decision to be microtonal. However, on this one, I'm sure I could hear the singer getting surprised by how out of tune he was. Strange.

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Sorry I'm not an addicted

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This album was...distracting. There was a point where I literally had to pause this so I could concentrate on something I was trying to do. "Acid folk" is the perfect genre description for this, because this bunch was definitely taking lots of hits in order to develop this messy album. At its best, I would find some songs on this album tolerable, if only the vocals were not present. At worst, the album was a cacophony of dissonant, competing sounds among the instruments and vocals, and the cadence of the song. Honestly, they probably had to try really hard in order to make all of their music sound THIS noisy and THIS busy. I like folk music, and wanted to like this, but all of the dissonance honestly just ended up stressing me out. Overall, a big miss for me.

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all i'm going to say is that if u feel the need to include the word 'incredible' in your band name, you should think twice. definitely of the time period, considering all of the instruments (i do love hearing a sitar!). a lot of yikes going on here.

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0/5 Ahh now. Up there with the worst. Whoever put this on the list needs to get out more. This kind of rubbish undermines the entire list. It doesn't even deserve a 1. Folk is far from my favourite genre, but this would not rank in any list of important folk albums. "I cant dream well because of my horns." Cover art 1/5 hippy commune family photo

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02/23/2022 Truly one of the worst things I've ever listened to. Both horrible and annoying from start to finish. Absolutely terrible. I'm angry!!!

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The album cover looks like some Robin Hood themed larpers? Yesterday I had Jimi Hendrix and I'm thinking this will be similarly trippy though much less familiar and probably not as good but this list has surprised me before. Oof. These songs are simply pretentious foolishness. Three Is a Green Crown almost broke me. Maybe the album was groundbreaking in its day, I don't know, but not for me, no thank you.

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What in the name of Timothy Leary is this? This is the kind of stuff that Monty Python would mock incessantly. Not a big fan.

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Not for me

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Terrible

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This album should be in the other book: 1001 albums you should avoid at all costs. I've never listened to an album so quickly. It went like this - Track 1: Listen for 20 seconds, scream in horror, skip to Track 2: listen for 15 seconds, vomit, skip to Track 3: listen for 10 seconds, feel a part of my soul die, no more skipping. This is worse than Crazy Frog, Brotherhood of Man, and Nyaan Cat, all on permanent loop. No amount of drugs accounts for this abomination being written, let alone recorded, let alone getting released!

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Tough listen. Like felt almost like a cruel joke to me... I couldn't listen to this and not think of the movie the Mighty Wind (which may have better music!)

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Holy mary mother of God. Pyschedelic folk. Flutes, hurdy gurdies and lyrics about wizards and green crowns. Not incredible and surely indigestible without smoking a load of weed.

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Not for me.

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bullshit

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I did not like this album. Not. At. All.

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One of the few albums that compelled me to check the Wikipedia entry. Who was responsible for this travesty? There was a surface resemblance to traffic and john barley corn. But scratch the surface and it was quite unattractive underneath. Yikes

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