The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is the third album by the Scottish psychedelic folk group, The Incredible String Band (ISB), and was released in March 1968 on Elektra Records (see 1968 in music). It saw the band continuing its development of the elements of psychedelic folk and enlarging on past themes, a process they had begun on their previous album, The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion. Instrumentally, it was the ISB's most complex and experimental album to date, featuring a wide array of exotic instruments. In addition, the album captured the band utilising multi-tracks and overdubbing.Upon release, the album peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and number 161 on the Billboard Top LP's listings in America, becoming the group's highest charting album in both countries. The album brought critical and financial success for the band, including their first solo tour and a Grammy nomination. It was considered their most ambitious work to date and had a large impact on the psychedelic folk genre.Wikipedia
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.
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.
Untalented people learned what a sitar was, and for some reason recorded an album
Literally ruined my morning
I can not imagine how much acid was consumed to make this horrible piece of shit.
So many drugs. They look like the Manson family. They sing like its the fucking middle ages. Horrendous nonsense. 1/5
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.
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.
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)
This one was gay.
Beautiful ballads, loved it!
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
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.
So random! Holds up spork! Do drugs, kids!
No tengo de los champiñones adecuados para escuchar esto.
Absolutely horrific. Just a bunch of discordant sounds and strange instruments. Awful, just awful. Totally ruined my dinner cooking experience.
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.
I really enjoyed this.
4.6 - To describe a work of art as "original" sets it on an impossibly teetering pedestal that can fall at the scoff of someone with deeper music knowledge. But to my ears, this record is an original. First, it captures and integrates so many seemingly disparate sounds - from sea shanties to troubadour ballads of the middle ages to Indian folk chanting... Second, there's an organic feel to this record, performed by not so much a band as an artistic collective, or a commune of misfits supporting some larger spiritual endeavor. The strange echos on "The Minotaur's Song" make me picture a large, rickety parlor room outfitted with a few tape recorders, where a group of music students has gathered to share joints and jugs of wine and sing in rough choral harmony. Most songs on this record don't simply unfold, they seem to sprout - twisting and gnarling and blooming in different, unexpected directions (see "A Very Cellular Song"). Third, the lyrics read like poetry with strange imagery, dredging up childhood memories, with the odd reference to transcendentalist philosophy. ("Setting your foot where the sand is untrodden, The ocean that only begins. Listen, a woman with a bulldozer built this house now. Carving away the mountain whose name is your childhood home.") It's a work of audacious ambition - by all rights it should never have been created: the recordings too unrehearsed, the lyrics too obscure, the singers and players not quite up to snuff. And there are definitely parts of the record where you can hear everything unravel ("Swift as the Wind"). But, taken together, the record glows with childlike wonder and a sense of vast creative possibility.
Interesting music and album
Some really solid psychedelic folk music. 8.0/10
This album makes me wanna live in a forest
I liked it tbh
I liked it.
Not sure what it is about this album that seems to inspire such vitriol in people. I think it’s cool and unique:)
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.
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.
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"
Barely skates three stars for interesting weirdness but the utter monotony of the vocals injures any virtue in the words and music.
"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
Love folk, hippie stuff - better still the band is Scottish!
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.
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.
"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
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!
That's incredible! That I listened to it and I'm still breathing.
Like hearing a cancer diagnosis. Horrendous.
Probably the worst album I’ve had on this so far.
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!!!
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
It's a cross between traditional Irish folk music and psychedelic rock. You'd think it would be an interesting combination that might sound pretty good. But boy, would you be wrong. This is awful.
Sorry. I'm sure that the Incredible String Band thought they were creating something beautiful and groundbreaking. But this is fucking horrible.
This album’s being on this list and lauded by so many people I respect makes me feel like it’s a big joke and I’m not in on it. I wish there are a 0/5, because 1 feels too generous.
More like... The Incredible Shit Band!
This wins. By that I mean worst album I’ve ever heard 🥇
There's a dog on the album cover. Why did he or she have to get dragged into this? Look at them all. You suspect that, away from the camera, they make The Wicker Man look like a fucking Richard Curtis film. My guess is that the dog is casting a confused and frightened glance to the right following repeated - and failed - attempts to get the photographer to notice that the dog was constantly blinking twice, in a desperate attempt to be free of the clutches of these farm-dwelling lunatics and their weekly ritual sacrifices. Anyway, on to the music. I'd have rather spent 49 minutes listening to the dog playing with a squeaky toy, or maybe munching on some kibble. Prime cut: Nightfall. Yes, the last one. I made it through. It's the one track that suggests that the band don't usually make scarecrows out of human carcasses.
Beyond wild. Fantastically dreamy. One of the best psychedelic albums I have EVER heard. I must must must hear the rest of The Incredible String Bands discography. Wow. This artist may have made the whole album generator invaluable for me. I am blown away. This style of music is just amazing!
Ja gilla de!
Классный альбом. Я их с 1-ого курса университета знаю по песне Water Song, когда услышал её на радио "Аэростат". Альбом цельный, музыка хорошая.
Peace, love, communal living, esoteric mysticism, sitar, gimbri, shenai, oud, harpsichord, panpipes, penny whistles, and 13-minute suites about molecular biology. (7/10) FT: Koeeoaddi There, A Very Cellular Song
Psychedelique Folk, c'est surprenant mais j'ai toujours aimé la flutte et la production de cet album est très bon pour ce genre. C'est psychédelique ca il n'y a aucun doute. De la a mettre un 1 comme certain, je crois que c'est exagéré car il y beaucoup d'album coté très haut qui son influencé par ce type de musique. On donne crédit ou le crédit est dût. 3.90
Maaaan, all the one star reviews this got I was expecting some Comus-level weirdness, but it's actually a pretty straight forward listen? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Comus should really be on the list, teach these weeners a lesson in just how far psych folk can twist your melon! Fave track - "A Very Cellular Song", I reckon. "Swift As The Wind" was another highlight...
This is what happens when you give a bunch of hippies a load of instruments and some acid. This album is a really good snapshot of time. I wish I knew about this when I used to take acid. So, get high, take off all your clothes, put this on, and dance like a butterfly in a sunny meadow
Is this genius? or utter shite? (both?) It's brilliantly bomkers, without doubt one of the highlights of this list so far.
A difficult album to judge. As a pop/rock/dance album it's utter shite. I doubt even folk fans would rate it. But there are moments of sheer originality in the songwriting and performance that makes it a worthwhile listen (if you're into something a bit strange). In particular I enjoyed the opening Koeddi there and the sublime witches hat.
I recognized the title, and that's because it's one of the worst reviewed albums on this website. So imagine how much I start sweating when I immediately get lost in and enjoy the first track. Do I have brain damage? Short answer is no. I'll be honest, there's quite a few tracks on here that really work for me, and there's another chunk that ranges from just okay to pretty grating. Like "Swift as the Wind," the moaning on that one earned a skip from me. I can understand someone hearing this album and hating it. But for me, the sitar/jaw harp psychedelics on here is done quite well. I'll take something this weird and inconsistent over a lot of the barely psychedelic '60s rock albums we get. If you're gonna do this, you gotta commit! ISB here seems to have committed, perhaps to a fault (and maybe they should be committed in another sense), but a lot of this scratched an itch for me. I quite like it, this makes three great and unique listens in a row for me! Favorite tracks: Nightfall, Koeeoaddi There, Water Song, Green Crown, Very Cellular Song. Album art: A (Manson-y) family photo, I know we've had at least one album already that looked like this, maybe a Crosby Stills Nash? I wish it were something crazy psychedelic. 4/5
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!
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
Nice, but not for everyday listening.
Not my thing. Boring
Interesting collection of noises, Celctic and middle-east instruments.
"Ambiente de música é ambiente de droga, vcs caem fora de ambiente de música." Rogeirinho do Ingá.
Sounds like a modern hipster band
Was expecting worst given that it’s one of the lower rated here, it wasn’t that bad, it’s kinda dull tho
Ijl klinkende muziek, niet slecht.
I really like their music, in the background and more carefully at times
A cacophony of Renaissance music
Odd album that I found myself surprised by how much I enjoyed some songs.
funky, not my groove
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.
Wilfully obtuse, I found it hard going.
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
Weird. Twangy. Eh.
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.
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!
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.
Ganska swag i musikhörnan... vocals drar ner på det dock
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.
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.
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.
Eclectic mix of folk and various instruments. Syncopated rhythms. Not bad. Weird lyrics.
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
This was… a lot
Amazingly trippy psych folk. It just scratches a certain inch on my brain. 3.5
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.
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.
This was fine. It was more weird than good.
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.
Very odd album, typical late 60s and Britain. Not bad but can definitely get annoying
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.
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.
Folk at it's most freakishly psychedelic, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter sees The Incredible String Band beginning to assemble the pieces of what would be intriguing and enticing puzzle, taking the once barren soundscapes of a tired sound and dousing it in mythology and spiritualism. An important part of the story of what would become "freak folk" in the years to come. Favorites: Koeeoaddi There, The Minotaur's Song, A Very Cellular Song, Waltz of the New Moon, The Water Song, There is a Green Crown.
Just nice folk
Pretty weird but has its place. Reminds me of Ege
Odd, in a wonderful way. Sounds like at least three different bands playing at the same time - sometimes many more! LSD infused folk music, with a bonus point for being Scottish.
Well fiddle dee dee! This is an album for me! Not really, but I really did enjoy the fancifulness of this one. Nothing I would listen to otherwise, but I felt like I was transported to an old renaissance festival on some of these. Not sure how this album made it on this list, but glad it's here.
J'ai été très déçu par cet album, sa qualité était très loin de mes espérances. En effet, après une écoute qualifiée de cauchemardesque par mon camarade d'écoute robpécunière, je m'attendais à retrouver un véritable cataclysme musical. Il n'en fut rien, j'ai passé un moment tout a fait banal avec ces joueurs de flûte patentés. Une vraie déception.
I feel very uncool saying this but.... I quite liked it. My favourite genre/era is probably psychedelic/60s so this isn't that far removed from stuff I listen to. And the other qualifier is I put almost no weight into lyrics so the stream-of-consciousness babble doesn't really bother me. It reminded me a bit of listening to Donovan, another Scottish psychedelic folk singer, but if you reconstructed his work by putting it into a blender. It's a bit all over the place but that's obviously the point. Some bits are really good and other parts are really testing. Favourite bit: a music-hall song about a Minotaur who 'can't dream well because of his horns'. Brilliant.
I didn't add a single song here from Spotify, yet I'd gladly listen again.
Well, I guess this is the kind of crazy shit I signed up for here. Although it made my beautiful sunny October walk in the park slightly less pleasant, I still feel it has its rightful place in the world. Maybe not in my world, but somewhere. A part of me also feels like I'm not qualified to give this a proper rating, so just going with a good ol' 3 to not mess with the average too much. Kind of hated this, but also kind of want to get drunk and give it another listen.
Interesting and full of ideas but slightly mortal
This album could benefit from some tighter focus. The medieval or renaissance-sounding instrumentation is really cool but there is some folky Dylan-esque guitar as well. The lyrics also switch time and place with references to Christian themes as well as pagan and Hinduism. It's an interesting melange and it kept my interest throughout but nothing stood out as amazing. Other artists have taken influences from early music and done more with it. The Wicker Man album art is 5/5. For the tunes, it's a solid 3/5.
You can definitely tell that some 70s-80s rock and pop drew influence from this record. Sure, the world music aspects lead up to Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel, but the folk aspects and the way the songs are constructed remind me a lot of Led Zeppelin I. Others sound like repurposed drinking songs ala The Pogues (this is not a bad thing). Some of the vocals and harmonies remind me of Belle and Sebastian. Now that all being said, there are still some tracks I had a hard time getting through. "The Minotaur's Song" sounds like they got high and had a laugh or two - I have no idea why it's held up by critics as a highlight of the album.
I feel like I don't understand pure psychedelic folk to get the bit but I understand the Influence
I do like folk music and so I didn't hate this, but the songs mostly sounded the same to me, which got boring. Also, can we please not with 12 minute songs?
Freak folk. Far out!
I loved the first halfish of this album, it lost its groove and felt a little generic after that. But the first half of the album was great and made me want to transport myself to the 60s
What the heck is this
Blaaah. Ei pullamössösukupolven edustaja ymmärrä näin hienoa musiikkia....
dåligt men har hört sämre album hittills.
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
Not for me. Too folky, airy fairy.
Jesus would NOT approve this album.
not bad, could be good on LSD?
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.
Not for me
Very psychedelic funk. Typical 60s stuff.
Brings me back. Haven't listened to this record in awhile. Not their strongest, but a good listen.
Psychodelic rock, my ass...
sorry, not for me
lol these people are so high.
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.
Very eclectic folk tunes. Sometimes sounds like Monty Python!
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.
I was expecting to like it but didn't. Too far out there even for me.
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.
Iets te zweverig en nonsens lyrics voor mij
What is this even supposed to be? Definitely not for me.
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
Wir zu weltmusiklich
Labeled Psychedelic. I appreciate it, but will not listen to again.
Didn’t finish this album. So freaking bored. I get it. Gonna give it 2 stars because I didn’t finish it.
Not my thing.
Not my thing
Started off strong but became pretty annoying as it went on. Neat concepts but not executed well.
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.
I like folk, but this was just too folkey for me
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.
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.
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 🌟
Liked much of the instrumentation, heavily put off by the vocals. Songs meandered and stretched on and on at times
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.
I'm glad these guys are doing their thing, but jesus christ
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.
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.
Not offensive sonically, but without value for me. At times I couldn't tell if it was a theme/comedy/genre album. Commune vibes.
This album made me feel like a little lad.
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
Not sure about this at all. Not quite awful but pretty fucking close. Mad as a bag of fridges.
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.
Meh. Felt like I was at a renaissance fair and ate too many stewed mushrooms.
This felt like being at a Renaissance fair. We need better albums.
I’m starting to question the individual who has decided so many albums must’ve heard before I die 😂
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.
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…
Strewth. Kill me now.
I used to think our cultural distaste for the hippie movement was an overreaction. Then I listened to this album.
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.
Didn't enjoy it that much
Another wild one. I feel like I’m at a medieval musical theater show. Some of the songs were alright, some were barely listenable due to the vocals being kind of awful. Interrelating to say the least, but overall wasn’t really feeling it. 4/10
First listen made me want to tear my ears off. Folk is not my favorite genre of music from the 60s. Second listen... Didn't get any better. It isnt' bad, but not anything I'd probably ever enjoy. 2/5
Psychedelic ... folk?!? I gues this must have been quite the rage in the late 60s, and I have to admit I was strangely fascinated upon hearing it. Still, I'm probably not going to listen to this again, it doesn't speak to me as much as to the generation it was intended for. 2/5
6/20/2022 - ALBUM #144 https://open.spotify.com/album/168tPkaBJZKYxSrWDo4n1h?si=kUR1gj6pSEyS-6XqmlrZNg&utm_source=copy-link Today's Album: "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" by The Incredible String Band - At first, this album seems very bad. The way each idea is presented makes it have this really disjointed feel to it, despite the pretty consistent medieval tone the whole project has. I think however, there are a few things to like about this album. The vocals to start, have a really nice and down-to-earth tone to them that give the whole thing a really solid folky foundation. The strings, like I said, usually stick to this sound that makes me feel like I'm in some sort of Renaissance stage show and although it can be pretty obnoxious at times with a twangy sitar and deep chorus vocals, there are a lot of moments per track that start to sound fairly decent before things are switched up. These kinds of switch up are very abrupt, with not only the instrumentals, but also the vocasl taking almost 180 degree turns from one tempo or feel to another and it has to be one of the weakest aspect to this record. The tracks that have a decent tune at first are usually ruined pretty quickly by a burst of random experimentation and it just makes this very difficult to have as a casual listen. However, this album isn't much better on a closer inspection as it is very difficult to follow to overall flow of each song. I think this album can kind of be summed up as a collection of string-oriented tracks that were constructed and most likely performed under a heavy dose of psychedelics. I'm all for acts that take inspiration from drug usage, but wow this really just gets too in the weeds and masturbatory for me to ever really find it enjoyable for more than a few minutes. Overall, this is a pretty impressive psychedelic renaissance-folk album, but it's flaws make it pretty difficult to enjoy in any capacity. Give this one a listen if you want to hear something unlike anything you've heard before and I'm sure you'll come out of the experience either hating this album or loving it. Highlights: A Very Cellular Song Score: 5/10 Very compelling, but pretty unlistenable, psychedelic-folk
I’ve seen too many horror cult movies where someone ends up as the sacrifice, burnt or slaughtered with this type of folk music gently playing over the top…..so as you can imagine not an easy listen for me.
Not incredible. I don’t recall hearing a many strings, either.
4/10. This is like alternate universe Bob Dylan where he kinda sucks
Parece fortemente ser importante e bem desenvolvido.
Absolutely bonkers, sounds a bit like when kids make up words to annoying songs they have to sing. But it is so gloriously ridiculous I'm glad it exists
You can tell that there is some good musicianship here, but this album is basically psychedelic nonsense - and there are other works contemporary to this that are more musical/convincing. I think this has its place, but it is mostly going to be a 60s novelty.
1.5/5 weird psychedelic folk. interesting concept but not enjoyable to listen to
Some parts were enjoyable - some parts completely unlistenable. 'Incredible' might be over-egging it somewhat
Like a very very bad Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd. They must’ve been smoking some strong heather in the highlands whilst they record this…!
Kind of rough as individual tracks, if they were seperate, they would almost all be 1s. As a unit, the overall experience becomes more enjoyable, closer to 3. So let's meet in the middle.
"Hogwash" - Boomer "Dogwater" - Zoomer
Oh boy the lyrics are a real wild ride already. wtf is this album? its real weird, like old hippie at a renaissance fair weird. This guy has a weird thing for lemons. Really starting to lose me by the 39 minute mark. That was kinda bullshit but I can see why others would like it. My ranking is from my perspective.
1.5 if I could. Seriously considered a 1.
Jeetje. Dus zo klinkt psychedelische folk.
I will never smoke enough dope or drop enough acid to make me want to listen to this again. Minstrels at a Renaissance fair.
“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
What the fuck is this.
File under "what the"
Couldn't finish. Too weird for me 😕
The most one star of all the one stars. Possibly, nae probably the worst thing I’ve ever heard.