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No Ruinous Feud

Incredible String Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Nov 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B0000011TX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Explorer
2. Down Before Cathay
3. Saturday Maybe
4. Jigs
5. Old Buccaneer
6. At The Lighthouse Dance
7. Second Fiddle
8. Circus Girl
9. Turquoise Blue
10. My Blue Tears
11. Weather The Storm
12. Little Girl

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear! 17 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Well, I suppose I could cheer the girls were both gone.

But, as Malcolm LeMaistre was now firmly esconced, things had indeed gotten worse.

And now, just to amaze you even further, meet the new, swinging, group member, Gerard Dott.

Gerard, keyboard wizard extraordinaire was about 40, the other guys late 20's.

It didn't gell, period. Gerard had a good feel for the pop/glam rock group image the band suddenly seemed to be taking, but if you listened to his piano solo at RAH in 1973(Scott Joplin's Elite Syncopations Rag), you'll know the meaning of eternity.

Christ, John Cale spent years with Lamont Young in NYC trying to perfect an endless drone before The Velvet Underground evolved & here's Gerard nailed it in one!

And when I say Malcolm "Mine's a talent transplant, please" LeMaistre was firmly esconced, I mean Robin was spending more time selling crisps at the bar than playing. Well, not exactly, but he had become marginalised.

I suppose I ought to review the actual album, but why should I bother-the group sure didn't bother by letting this rubbish climb up off the cutting room floor as it were.

And things were NOT going to get better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Ruinous Feud 24 Dec 1999
By "caparosor001" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In '72 the ISB entered what I called their "Romantic" period with Earthspan, continuing into No Ruinous Feud in '73 and Hard Rope and Silken Twine the following. The songwriting and Rick Danko-like vocals of Malcolm LeMaistre adding considerably to the mix.
Already hardened by what I call the "Mystical" years (highlighted by Wee Tam and The Big Huge), I distinctly remember taking several months beforing finding each of these albums palatable. But once I acquired the taste, the finish has never left me.
No Ruinous Feud represents the best of this era --conjuring a period of no specific time, yet with a musical spirit as curiously innocent and energetic as Blake, Richard Halliburton's Book of Marvels and New Worlds to Conquer, and The Adventures of Marco Polo. LeMaistre's Down Before Cathay and Explorer set this mythical tone, while Williamson's Old Buccaneer and Saturday Maybe add some blue-jazzy color.
On this album, you'll also find Heron's most starkly lovelorn songs since First Girl I Loved in Turquoise Blue and Little Girl. In the former, the typically eccentric, but rhythmetic acoustic guitar of Heron is eternally infectuous, with Williamson's flute (and guest Gerard Dott's clarinet) polishing the effect to a fine grain -- a shimmering turquoise blue. There is also a refreshing return to the humor only glimpsed at during the '60s (songs like "Letter") with Circus Girl (Williamson's sardonic verses, "You fly higher than the house of lords... if they try to beat you or dare to mistreat you I'll give them some lip!") and a surprisingly catchy cover of Dolly Parton's My Blue Tears (if you can believe that!).
To top it off, there is also a quasi-reggaeish nonvocal Second Fiddle, with Williamson merrily blowing his tin whistle. The ISB never sounded happier.
And you may very well find yourself caught within the same joyous realm that's stuck with me these past 26 years. No Ruinous Feud is a work of surprising vision beneath an almost self-deprecating romantic, half-humorous stance. You'll have to suspend more than disbelief, but seriousness, to enjoy it; but once you do, it's worth the discovery!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good at last 10 Sep 2005
By Alfredo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this LP, in the first 80's, I felt extremely disappointed. As a TISB's lover I thought this record was their commercial grave stone.

After the years, I've listened it again and...Wow! I've found the same wide open oceans, the same fullmoon shades, the same magic and traveller's spirit that I've enjoyed in their first albums; and, most of all, a bunch of lovely songs.

The sound of the band have changed but me too; after all, the time won't stop for anyone.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult Incredibles 15 Mar 2000
By S. GODFREY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The most difficult Incredibles album to love, and certainly the one which most former fans chose to hate. It seemed unforgiveable at the time that a band whose previous stock-in-trade had been mysterious hippy myth and wimsy should choose to produce such a (gulp) "commercial" set of tunes. Not that they weren't fairly eccentric in their subject matter (lighthouses, buccaneers, explorers)but the instruments were mainly conventional drums, guitars, bass with clarinets, flutes, fiddles etc..what no sitar or gimbri? Plus to cement the "selling-out" process the "boys in the band" (sadly no more Likky) beam hopefully out of the conventional cover mug-shots dressed in High Street fashions of the day...definitely not a Good Thing. Still, there is much to enjoy on this album (after all, it is the Incredibles!). "Explorer" and "Down Before Cathay" are fine songs, as is Mike's heartbreaking "Little Girl". The selection of jigs and the rather startling reggae collaboration with Greyhound are nothing if not exuberant; but watch out for "Circus Girl" - it is excruciating.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ISB Bid Goodnight to Their Past Glories 28 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's always refreshing to hear other points of view such as the opinions expressed below, however I think most ISB fans would agree that "No Ruinous Feud" is by far their poorest album (even "Be Glad" is better!) Truth is from the David Bailey "look we're a proper rock band now!" cover photos onwards this is the sound of a band all at sea. Nothing intrinsically wrong in covering a Dolly Parton song but two covers on one (very short) album? And an ISB album at that?
Mike Heron's maudlin singer songwriter tendencies are given full rein on this LP and it does not make for pleasant listening, his songs are generally unmemorable run-of-the-mill mid-70's AOR, the love songs the sappiest and soppiest of his career.
Robin Williamson on the other hand seems to have lost control of his own band, his contributions are reasonable - "Saturday Maybe" is typical of the kind of low key jazzy ballads he was writing at the time, "Circus Girl" is just silly. As for "Second Fiddle", the reggae instrumental, well what is the point? The backing on the track is provided by Greyhound, a British reggae band of the period - what does this have to do with ISB?
I must admit to never having noticed Malcolm Le Maistre's vocal similarity to Rick Danko (if only it had been true!). Malcolm's a problem figure for many ISB fans, his plummy vocals can be a bit mannered, his songwriting variable .....as for his dancing - don't ask! However he wrote the best song on the album before ("My Father Was a Lighthouse Keeper") and this album's Lighthouse song, "At the Lighthouse Dance" is pretty fun, very Bowie-ish, ISB goes glam rock!
In short (and as I said before this is a very short ISB album), one for ISB completists - new converts should leave this one till last.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Charmer 29 Mar 2000
By "brainpang" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album has a spark that cannot be contained. Comparable 'in spirit' to Van Dyke Parks 'Discover America.' Meaning it's an utter joy to call your very own. Don't listen to the spoilsport hippies! Buy or Cry 'till ya Die.
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