“I Looked Up” by The Incredible String Band - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1970Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Another fine LP from the quartet, described by Robin Williamson as a bit of a quickie. They lined up for this one: Robin Williamson (vocals, guitar, violin, flute, percussion, gimbri); Mike Heron (vocals, piano, harpsichord, organ); Rose Simpson (vocals, bass, violin) and Liquorice McKechnie (vocals, dulcimer). Dave Mattacks from Fairport Convention guests on “The Letter”, as the group get unusually active around a drums framework. I’m not sure that’s we want on an ISB record. Going for the trad feel on “Black Jack Davy” works well, the two 10+ minute tracks have got some nice touches even if they do outstay their welcome, and “This Moment” sung by Mike and backed sweetly by one of the girls, reminds me of their feel-good sensibilities. Here, they are at their best. “Fair As You” ends on a low, an underwhelming finale. Perhaps a tad patchy, but decent overall.

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A1 [03:59] 6.9.png The Incredible String Band - Black Jack Davy (Mike Heron) Folk
A2 [03:08] 5.3.png The Incredible String Band - The Letter (Mike Heron) Folk Rock / Americana
A3 [10:43] 6.8.png The Incredible String Band - Pictures In A Mirror (Robin Williamson) Prog
B1 [06:07] 7.9.png The Incredible String Band - This Moment (Mike Heron) Alternative Folk
B2 [10:58] 6.6.png The Incredible String Band - When You Find Out Who You Are (Robin Williamson) Alternative Folk
B3 [06:27] 5.1.png The Incredible String Band - Fair As You (Mike Heron) Folk

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