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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Fledg'ling
  • ASIN: B0037TRVD0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Deluxe, definitive re-mastered edition of the Incredible String Band's third album – a psychedelic masterpiece and the beginning of "World" music. For many fans, 1968 was the year of Incredible String Band's finest achievements with the release of their two most highly regarded albums: 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter' and the double LP - 'Wee Tam and the Big Huge'. Hangman's reached the top 5 in the UK album charts soon after its release in March 1968 and was nominated for a Grammy in the US. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin said they found their way by playing Hangman's and following the instructions. Re-mastering supervised original producer Joe Boyd and engineer John Wood.

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By John Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R Jess on 11 Jan. 2005
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Zukor on 24 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
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. So there must have been pressure to maintain the standard. The genius of the band was that the result is so heartfelt, playful and original without a trace of recycling former successes.
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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harry'sboy on 18 Sept. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Black on 20 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
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 the public began to tire of them, and the boys tired of each other. Never huge sellers, but I certainly remember staring in early-teenaged awe at the fantastic and slightly scary album covers they had for their first albums.

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...
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