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The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion [CD]

Incredible String Band Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 Mar 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra Records
  • ASIN: B000026G3D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chinese White
2. No Sleep Blues
3. Painting Box
4. The Mad Hatter's Song
5. Little Cloud
6. The Eyes of Fate
7. Blues for the Muse
8. The Hedgehog's Song
9. First Girl I Loved
10. You Know What You Could Be
11. My Name Is Death
12. Gently Tender
13. Way Back in the 1960s

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Stone psychedelic freaks Robin Williamson and Mike Heron were two talented multi-instrumentalists who were eventually joined in the Incredible String Band by their earth-goddess lovers, Licorice and Rose. They tapped into the British Isles' centuries-old traditions of myths and folklore, updating the ancient sounds with inspired, multi-layered recordings and a modern twist that helped you envision fair maidens riding unicorns through green and fertile fields while simultaneously advocating better living through chemistry. Hell, the title alone of this, their second album, is more psychedelic than anything the Jefferson Airplane ever did. --Jim Derogatis

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A call to arms. 13 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm going to start with a confession. My knowledge of the incredible string band is rather limited so you'll excuse me if I can't demonstrate the type of extensive background knowledge of the band displayed by other reviewers of this album. As a daughter of an original sixties child I have been influenced enormously by my father to whom my music taste is entirely indebted. Perhaps for this reason I feel completely let down by the majority of modern music and tend to raid my father's collection for stimulation. The wonderful man made a little compilation C.D. for his pretentious teenaged daughter and this is where I first encountered The Incredible String Band. Painting Box completely overwhelmed me with that complex confusion of vocals and strings vying for attention. So beautiful and could I not seek out the source of such a masterpiece?
And so I find myself surrounded by these incredible psychedelic string sounds even as I write this crit.. I challenge anyone to listen to the 5000 Spirits and not feel as I do; we, the youth of the nineties/noughties, are a musically deprived generation. Let us hope modern musicians seek inspiration in truly musical albums like this and perhaps the future of music will be a little brighter :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy from Way Back in the 1960's 8 Sep 2007
By KMorris
Format:Audio CD
1967. Bob Dylan temporally out of action, but a whole load of exciting new music for the young mind to take in. The Beatles, The Byrds, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Country Joe and The Fish, Love, The Mothers Of Invention, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - they all entertained, amazed, warmed the spirit and carried us through those days.

Own up time. I unfortunately overlooked this gem when is came out. Maybe it was dismissed as being too fey and folky. After all, how could two chaps from Scotland compete with the psychedelic big guns and San Franciscan darlings? A variety of routes, most significantly an article in Mojo Magazine's recent excellent "Hendrix and The Summer Of Love" edition, now lead me to investigate this forty years on!

A happy surprise. What we have here is a marvellous collection of songs by this talented duo here reaching their peak form. Their special interaction with, and support for each other bursts forth and this along with their next release was certainly a golden interlude for Heron and Williamson. Folky this obviously is, but such a whole lot more besides. The use of Eastern instrumentation is truly trail blazing, being fully integrated and in no way merely incorporated as a facile fashionable gimmick.

It now appears to me to be an important, unique offering. Muchly of it's time, it may be said, but like all great albums, also beyond it. Often quoted as being Paul McCartney's favourite record of that year, at this distance it still stands as a mighty achievement, not to be underestimated.

The best album of 1967? Well, there's fierce competition - "Are You Experienced", The Doors' eponymous debut, Arthur Lee's masterwork "Forever Changes", "Safe As Milk" - but here's an unexpected candidate. A magical listening pleasure four decades down the line!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a stone groove, baby! 15 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
An absolute classic of late 60s high psychedelia. The Incredible String Band's second album, released in 1967 (the year I was born!), more or less defines hippyness (at least from the British perspective), with the cosmic symbolism of its cover art, and the eclectic blend of musical influences it displays - whilst the sound is rooted in a Celtic folk tradition, it incorporates Indian and straightforward rock sounds, and the influence of Bob Dylan is felt everywhere. My favourite tracks are the bittersweet First Girl I Loved, Painting Box and Gently Tender. The charming whimsy of Little Cloud and The Hedgehog's Song is quite appealing, though beware - if singing hedgehogs and lovelorn clouds sound stupid to you, you won't dig this album at all, man!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best collection of songs every released 9 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you haven't heard 5,000 Spirits then you risk going through life without ever knowing just how wonderful music can be. 5,000 Spirits surpasses all other music that I have heard. Heron and Williamson playing a wide variety of instruments and working together to make magical tunes.
The Mad Hatter's song has so many changes and yet hangs together. Hedgehog Song tells the story of a man who is followed by Hedgehog that is never satisfied. Way back in the 1960s. Buy this - you'll not regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 years on 5 Mar 2008
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
I only just got this on CD.
When I first heard it (C1968) I loved it dearly, but only ever had access to a loaned and worn copy of the LP to play on a crappy BSR radiogram that partially achieved some stereo effect when you put your head in the cupboard provided for storing discs. The beautiful production by Joe Boyd was, therfore, a revelation when I played the CD.
The songs are a perfect pivot between the simple folky style of the Stringbands first album and the complex masterpiece that is "Hangman's". The numbers, particularly the more pop stylee ones, like "First Girl" and "Paintingbox" are just so evocative and beautifully crafted. Robin's virtuoso guitar and Mike's quirky songs are breathtaking. It is a wonderful snapshot of the hip dream, but with a terrific sense of humour.
I listen again and I'm wearing loon pants and a kaftan and believe that music, love and peace will prevail!
This album is both influential and influenced. Love it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff from Edinburgh
This is the album that started all the fuss about the Incredibles in the 60s . A little fey and whimsical but not really any the worse for that , it has catchy but meaningful songs... Read more
Published 1 month ago by david handy ( a mackem )
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't do albums like this any more
A real blast from the past. If you were there first time around when LPs were so expensive you wore them out before buying another, and you were lucky enough to come across this in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Oopnorth
5.0 out of 5 stars As near perfection as popular music ever gets.
The greatest musicians seem to both be deeply rooted in a tradition and at the same time act as iconoclasts, subverting and extending the forms that dominated. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. D. Zukor
5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal "New" Folk album
My vinyl copy is a bity knackered, after years of used and occasional abuse, having been played on everything from portable Dansettes to posh Hi-Fis, hence purchasing this CD. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed.
bought this after glowing magazine report. Expected a slice of Psychedelic 60's folk rock . Mostly depressing dirges - sounds like Leonard Cohen being backed by Ravi Shankar - not... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Hippy type
Is okay but a bit dated I wouldn't but it if I had heard it in advance I find it s bit contrived
Published 15 months ago by Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Like nothing else around.....then or now.
An aural dreamscape that far trancends the time and place of it's creation. These songs, whole or in part, will reverberate in your head long after the last note has faded away. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Madcaplaughs
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Love the album and the cover but it's won't upload to iTunes and so I can't listen to it on my iPod. Disappointed.
Published 20 months ago by Rebecca Connolly
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I have nothing to add to the plethora of excellent reviews already here other than it reminded me a little of a mix between Jefferson Airplane and The Velvet Underground, yet was... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2008 by tricky wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars just incredible
Timeless. Probably not for those who mail order knuckle-dusters from combat magazines or the jump up and down pretend you're a lesbian brigade. Read more
Published on 15 May 2007 by Jm Leven
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