- 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter CD
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Top Customer Reviews
With the benefit of hindsight, we've come to hear plenty of other folky, psych-folk oddball acts from the era. But other wanna-bes never quite got the right mix of whimsy, humour, innocence and wisdom.
And this is a great album that shows off their strengths (the beautiful Koeeaddi There and Witches Hat), and their weaknesses (Bits of Cellular song are unfortunately embedded in this old hippy's long-term memory; I wish it wasn't!). Rambling, whimsical,maybe. But I'd take them any day over any of the confessional singer songwriters that infest the charts at present. Perhaps the only band to which I'd wish the famous words of Bob Dylan: May you stay forever young. They should have been maintained at government expense in a little wooded cottage in a fairy glen... and forbidden to renter the world! But, alas...
The album is musically as outstanding a piece of work as anything produced in popular music. Textures are created or borrowed from other cultures and times for precise purposes, lovely melodies blossom seemingly at random, harmonies and arrangements surprise and delight whilst lyrics haunt and provoke or simply make you smile.
Soemthing that also strikes me is that it is a great album in the sense of using the vinyl format in a brilliant way with sequencing, timing and light and shade all seamlessly executed.
When I first heard this album I felt that my musical world had changed and maybe my life too. I was not wrong.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Received in good and in good time. Great to be.able to upgrade my collection of this groupPublished 14 days ago by Normsky
As I remember it as a mere 16 year old and my brother Chris playing it to me. Incredible album.Published 1 month ago by tony
An innovative not referred to enough Gem. So pleased I came across it.Published 2 months ago by PB100
Bought this out of curiosity really, and what a weird album it is. I couldn't like this album if I tried, as much as I hoped I would. Read morePublished 6 months ago by StevieO
The first time I heard this I thought, "What a load of hippie twaddle!"; but the second time I heard it, I fell in love with it and have remained so ever since. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sean Gilligan