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The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion Original recording remastered, Deluxe Edition


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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Fledg'ling
  • ASIN: B0037TRVCQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Little Cloud
6. The Eyes Of Fate
7. Blues For The Muse
8. The Hedgehog's Song
9. The First Girl I Loved
10. You Know What I Could Be
11. My Name Is Death
12. Gently Tender
13. Way Back In The 1960s

Product Description

The Incredible String Band's second album – one of the masterpieces of the Summer Of Love. Following the release of their debut album Clive Palmer left to travel eastwards, Robin and Mike reconvened as a duo before recording 'The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion', released in July 1967 went to the top the UK folk chart, and was named by Paul McCartney as one of his favourite records of the year (the year of Sgt. Pepper!). The album includes some of the finest compositions of both Robin Williamson and Mike Heron – 'Chinese White', 'Painting Box', 'The First Girl I Loved' and 'Way Back In The 1960s' – and sympathetic accompaniment by Danny Thompson. Re-mastering supervised original producer Joe Boyd and engineer John Wood.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nick ( Larry )Lamb on 20 April 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have bought 3 of these reissues to date ( Hangman's, Wee Tam + The Big Huge + this one ) and to my ears this has the best re-mastering, perhaps because the original Vinyl was always a bit of a challenge (mainly because of the relatively simple recording equipment and some fairly ''exotic'' sounds I should guess) this one seems to have produced the most obvious improvement in sound quality over previous CD issues - some distortion inevitably remains but overall the sound has been cleaned and sharpened very well. As with all the others, the packaging is very good with some lovely photographs and all the lyrics. If you need a copy of this, this is the one to go for - and unlike the others I have bought, I would say this is a definate improvement in sound quality from previous CD versions.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By abbazabba on 10 April 2010
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Of all the breakthrough albums of the Sixties, this is surely one of the most innovative and lasting achievements.
Celtic, Renaissance, African, Indian, Appalachian: a fusion of styles and instrumental colours adorn a range of novel structures in song-writing's equivalent to the Cambrian explosion . The wide-eyed energy and confidence of the newly-reformed 1967 ISB is exhilaratingly captured in this beautiful remastered re-issue. Essential for anyone interested in folk, psychedelia or world music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. R. P. Wigman on 13 May 2010
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Newly remastered versions of classic ISB albums! Great. Bought 'em all. Like I always do. Anyone more than remotely familiar with the ISB will know that the first albums are simply of must-own quality, and not just for the hippie type - these recordings rank among the most original recordings in the history of "pop" music. Period.

Now to the "but" in my review's title. It may be that my ears lack a certain subtlety or my speakers are way inferior to those present in other people's homes, but comparing the cd's I already owned to the newly remastered ones I was a bit disappointed - soundwise I couldn't hear that much difference.
On the positive side, the packaging of each album is really nice with an informative booklet, each containing an introduction by Clive Palmer (1st album), Mike Heron (5000 spirits), Robin Williamson (hangman's) and Joe Boyd (wee tam & the big huge), nice pictures & photos and lyrics. So I'm slightly mollified. And not really sorry.

With which I'm trying to say to you, weighing up whether to buy or not to buy,that you simply must get these remastered versions if you've got no copy at all, and may think again if you do - see if you can resist the temptation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bring_back_the_60s on 23 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
This CD really is the quintessential 60s album.
It covers many of the influences that bands of that era were into, Indian, folk, blues etc.
The songwriting is always interesting and keeps you captured.

I was overwhelmed how great this album was crafted and produced.

It's a real shame these guys lost their zest after each subsequent release.

Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is also a great album but is far more challenging to listen to.

This is as good as they get!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peter b on 17 April 2012
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I first came across this album listening to John Peel's Perfume Garden radio prog. 'First Girl that I loved ' was the track he played and that song was a 'wow' .

Consequently I bought the album and just fell in love with the whole collection of songs and the album cover worth the price just for that!!

Have got it on cd but vinyl is the true way to listen to it. I bought this copy for my son who like me thinks there is something magical about it.
He loves 'The Hedgehogs Song' mainly because I played it to him when he was about 7 or 8.

If you like folk, blues, world music and just good tunes with meaningful lyrics get this album after a couple of plays you won't be dissapointed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Speed on 16 Jan. 2011
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If you had this album in the 60s you'll definitely want it again and if you didn't then you missed a treat.
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