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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter [CD]

Incredible String Band Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 Mar 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra Records
  • ASIN: B0000263JN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Koeeaddi There
2. The Minotaur's Song
3. Witches Hat
4. A Very Cellular Song
5. Mercy I Cry City
6. Waltz of the New Moon
7. The Water Song
8. There Is A Green Crown
9. Swift As the Wind
10. Nightfall

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awaken the slumbering hippy within you. 27 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't heard this album since I was seventeen (and I won't say when that was) until I noticed that it was still available on CD, and bought a copy. Well, it was barmy then, and it's barmy now. Anyone who, upon listening to it, isn't immediately transported to a better, simpler, more imaginative and contemplative world needs to make contact with their inner child/hippy as a matter of some urgency. Dated? How can it be dated? It's as timeless as Adam and Eve or Winnie the Pooh! Profound? Who knows? Who cares? Just soak in the atmosphere. You may find that it is an acquired taste, being rather slow and lacking in the driving electronic rhythms we've been bombarded with over the past thirty-five years, but do give it a go.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
A classic, classic album that gets in your blood like few others, so the opening notes of 'Koeeoaddi There' always summon a timeless nostalgia, timeless yet constantly changing, and an atmosphere of early childhood where, as Ernst Junger put it, "the dark gate which separates us from our timeless homeland" has only recently been shut, and "the child still understands the language of the runes of Things, which tell of a profound brotherhood of essences..."

Some of the lyrics read like they were written by a child, but this is deceptive - on repeated reading/listening their subtlety and sophistication is revealed. Some songs are serious, others great fun - and some are both. But don't mistake this for a 'serious playfulness' of the type a Steiner school advocate might endorse - it's far more anarchic than that, anarchic to the point of transcendence.

The songs are wonderfully varied, but all feel totally at home on this disc. 'A Very Cellular Song' takes things down to the level of the unicellular organism, while 'Mercy I Cry City' exposes the shallowness and superficiality of modern 'civilisation'. 'Swift as the Wind' tells of the numinous realm of gods and heroes from the point of view of a child who is told to "stop imagining things", "for your own good." But the child resolves not to shut his mind to the numinous, even as he realises he must live on a mundane level from day to day. 'Nightfall' and 'The Water Song' are beautiful tributes to night and water respectively.

I give this album five stars - only awarded when I consider a work of art to be essentially beyond criticism, and where even the 'faults' contribute to the timeless miracle of the whole. Albums like this don't come along every day.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable. 11 Jan 2005
By R Jess
Format:Audio CD
They don't make them like this anymore! 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter' is a great 60's album filled with a creative openness, authentic feeling and an unrestrained experimentation.
The opening track 'Koeeoaddi There' encapsulates all of these qualities. Williamson tells an evocative tale of childhood, backed with melodic, inventive chord and tempo changes. 'The Minotour's Song' is a startling contrast of music hall and greek mtyhological lyrics, highlighting the ISB's influences. 'Witch's Hat' has a beautiful folk melody, again the song structure packed with incident. Mike Heron's 'A Very Cellular Song' begins as an old gospel hymn before it travels the world in its wonderful array of instruments, an early bridge between western music and world music in general. Heron's Dylanesque 'Mercy I Cry City' is a poetic rant against the unnatural prison of the urban landscape. 'Waltz Of The New Moon' harks back again to the Romantic poets in its ode to the wonders of the natural landscape. Here the harp sound is at once lilting and glorious. Like 'A Very Cellular Song', 'The Water Song' sings a hymn to the evolutionary power of the natural world using strange and unusual instruments to create the onomatopoeic sounds of water. The most Eastern-tinged of the tracks on the album is 'There Is A Green Crown' telling another tale of natural wonder that I can't help thinking would be frowned upon and scorned in today's irony-laden culture. On 'Swift As The Wind' Heron tells of how the grown-ups around him tried to make him give up his childhood imagination, something that has obviously remained with him throughout his musical career.
Williamson's 'Nightfall' closes this adorable album mixing Eastern sounds with the American south, prefiguring Ry Cooder by a number of years.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still incredible 18 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was about 16 when I heard this album at my friend's house shortly after it was released in the 60's. I had never heard anything like it and to this day I love the sheer sense of adventure and the ease with which they mix styles, tempos, key changes, instrumentation. And there is some wonderful imagery: "wearing black cherries for rings" (Witches Hat) and "Nightfall...folding her dark locks around you" - great stuff. What is amazing is the richness of the music, instrumentation and poetry from a duo who were still very young when they made it. Buy it and let it soak in - warm and innocent music which still sounds fresh and adventurous.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS EVER, BUT ALSO 20 Mar 2004
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Now, what about that for an album with lyrics like "If I were a witch's hat, sitting on her head like a paraffin stove" and "I hear that the Emperor of China used to wear iron shoes with ease;We are the tablecloth, and also the table;also the fable of the dancing leaves"?
Just goes to show we baby-boomers had a damn sight more musical appreciation sense than we've been given credit for! This is, granted, the most mysterious, wordy, other-wordly of the Incredibles albums, but it NEVER loses its' way musically, even in the key and tempo changes abounding in Williamson's opening Keoaddii There or Heron's 12 minute A very Cellular song, which, over 15 years on, Talking Heads adopted as a concert closer-now you know David Byrne was no fool either.
The best bit about this is you don't need to be any of these things to enjoy this-stoned/hippy/old/living dead. It probably goes without saying that the duo's instumentational abilities are great on any of their first 4 albums-this being the 3rd-but here the sheer variety of what they play and what they get out of those instruments defies belief. You could almost listen to the album for that alone, or for the poetry of the lyrics.
Better still, buy it & do both together-you'll be unlikely to have a richer musical experience, unless you've got a Mozart-like prodigy in your sprogs, or nieces/nephews! As I'm not selling it, I can't offer you your money back if disappointed, but I can guarantee you won't be!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon disc defective? EDIT: Now works
After years of putting it off for no real reason, I finally decided to treat myself to this classic. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mr. Peter L. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars pretencious contrived certainly not incredible
I know this band have a kind of what you call a
Cult following and if they enjoy them all well and good
But I myself in the end tired of their airy fairy ramblings... Read more
Published 6 months ago by c rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable
For those who have managed to spend enough time with this recording to get through the pain barrier, it is in fact very rewarding. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. P. G. Mccarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
This is the best of ther LPs if you don't like this best to leave well alone
not for every one!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars She was only the Hangman's daughter but she liked them dangling
Do you like Hangmen?
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Published 12 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
5.0 out of 5 stars still relevant
musical witty and thoughtful.Goodness knows how many bands were influenced by this.let's start with another scot ian anderson [and tull]traffic john barleycorn any offers?
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing experience.
A very disappointing purchase. I have never heard so much rubbish. If this one had not been recommended to me I would never have purchased it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Plas Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Add me to the list of worshippers!
This is by far their best album, apart from a fantastic Elektra compliation (a US import) of the early 70s, and comes like an alien transmission beamed directly from a time before... Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by N. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made
This was the third of The ISB's releases and came after the dazzling and groudbreaking 5000 Spirits which was described as a sort of folk Sgt Pepper. Read more
Published on 24 April 2011 by M. D. Zukor
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Remastering Finally Releases The Music
This is not strictly a review of the content of this album, as there are many other excellent reviews on the topic. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2011 by Mr. J. A. Smith
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