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Wee Tam & the Big Huge (2CD)

Incredible String Band Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Fledg'ling
  • ASIN: B0037TRVDA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Job's Tears
2. Puppies
3. Beyond The See
4. The Yellow Snake
5. Log Cabin Home In The Sky
6. You Get Brighter
7. The Half-Remarkable Question
8. Air
9. Ducks On A Pond
Disc: 2
1. Maya
2. Greatest Friend
3. The Son Of Noah's Brother
4. Lordly Nightshade
5. The Mountain Of God
6. Cousin Caterpillar
7. The Iron Stone
8. Douglas Traherne Harding
9. The Circle Is Unbroken

Product Description

Deluxe, definitive re-mastered edition of the Incredible String Band's ground-breaking double album – 'Wee Tam & The Big Huge'. For many fans their finest recording. For many fans, 1968's double LP - 'Wee Tam and the Big Huge' stands as the group's finest achievement in the recording studio. Billy Connolly and the Archbishop of York are among the album's celebratory fans. Re-mastering supervised original producer Joe Boyd and engineer John Wood.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-Issue of the Year? 6 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Wow! This remastered version of the Incredibles' crowning achievement is far better than expected. It is simply magnificent & sounding as fresh as the day it was first minted. The job was done by Simon Heyworth, supervised by the original production team of Joe Boyd & John Wood, and all three of them deserve a round of applause for this. The tonal balance is exquisite and the clarity immediately impressive- so much so that it makes me wonder what on earth everyone else has been up to until now. Spot on! I've yet to hear the other 3 re-issues but if they are up to this standard then they have to be essential purchases. This one, however, ought to be snapped up immediately as it cost me the same for a double disc as the others, which are single discs. It is also the high spot towards which the three forerunners were leading: a creative peak which could not be equalled by anything that Robin Williamson and Mike Heron attempted in its wake. The albums that followed all had their special moments but none matched this for consistency of performance and composition. For psychedelic folk anchored in ancient roots (step forward the wonderful 'Log Cabin Home In The Sky' as the most obvious example), this cannot be bettered. For many long years the Incredible String Band have sounded impossibly dated to these ears but I swear that this sounds brand new! This is remastering at its very best and I urge anyone with even a hint of interest in this music to buy it without delay. I very much doubt whether this year will witness another re-issue to top this. Staggering.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter another world 25 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think this is one of the most perfectly cohesive albums I have heard - absolutely one of my 20th century favourites. I bought it in the early 70s, updated to CD when the time came and still listen to it on a regular basis. Incidentally, I cannot agree with 'theblackferret' (previous reviewer) that Maya is a long drag - I find it a continual pleasure to listen to, even after 30-odd years. If you want to chill out, relax and escape to another place, give it a listen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 slices of Heaven in a sandwich 16 May 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'The circle is unbroken' is the real Scottish national anthem - what 'Stairway to Heaven' is to a generation of English. But don't feel excluded. This is essential for everyone, and essential to have as one double album as it was intended. I notice that this hasn't attracted as much attention from reviewers as their other classic albums - maybe because it's been released as 2 separate albums also, the reviews are split between a few versions. I must quibble with one reviewer - this is not post-hippy; this is the real thing! Everything the punks hated - talent, inspiration, musicianship, intelligence! (I know I'm not going to offend any punk fans because they mostly can't read). Some of it goes on a bit, but I wouldn't change a note. Take your time with it and there's value for money here - you will find new things in it for years, for ever! And real poetry too. Real modern poetry in the tradition of the beats and black mountain poets etc FOR PEOPLE rather than for English professors to pontificate on. People forget that the hippy thing(that's a debate in itself) grew out of the 50s beatnik and folk culture with its fondness for literature- the marriage(brief) of that with pop music and electric blues guitar. It had roots. The Incredible String band however had the best-dyed roots ever - you can sort of see where it comes from but not how! And that doesn't do them justice.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastering OK but ..... 20 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As with all these ISB reissues to date, there are no extra/alternate tracks on this version - which is fine as the original Album was brilliant as it was. The music itself is as it always was - and you like it or you don't, for me it is 5*. The dropped star for this reissue is because I found the re-mastering a little disappointing, better than on Hangman's, but still not the jump in clarity and detail which now seems to be the norm with re-mastered stuff from this era - I guess they were constrained by the original source material. The packaging is great with all the lyrics printed in the booklet ( nearly ) as the original cover - the participants/instruments on each track are omitted for some reason. If you don't have a copy or are looking to replace vinyl/cassette, then this is the version to go for, but if you have one of the previous CD issues, perhaps listen first to see if you think the enhances sound is worth it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best concept album of all time 10 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
'What is it that we are part of, and what is it that we are?' - that's the concept, or as Robin Williamson puts it, the 'half-remarkable question' around which this astonishing work is created. Christian and pagan, Hindu and hippy, time-travelling meteorites and headless shamen, from Job's tears to the puppies having their little breakfast, from the lowly caterpillar to the mountain of God - the puzzles of identity and meaning are teased from different angles, the perspectives shifted in a kaleidoscope of scale and colour.
The musical landscape is as various as the subject-matter: the hypnotic drone and clang of the sitar, the ecstatic gimbri and sarangi, the swirling organ chords and angular piano and harpsichord arabesques, echoing harp, shimmering flute and glancing fiddle, the otherworldly peels of the penny-whistle, the meshing, glinting guitars, the sometimes-delicate, sometimes-dense living layers of percussion, and above all the marvellous complementary voices, whether in solo or ensemble acrobatics.
This double-album delivers a true journey of the imagination, one whose every passing moment is limpidly restored in this fine re-issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "In The Golden Book Of The Golden Game, A Golden Angel Wrote My Name"
I had a late introduction to the Incredible String Band. I missed their original releases in the late 1960s and first heard them off a compilation album released by Electra Records... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
3.0 out of 5 stars we painted ourselves into a box
I do think some of this bands output output was
Enjoyable lyrically and musically for a period of time
But with the themes of their songs always had the feeling they were... Read more
Published 12 months ago by c rider
5.0 out of 5 stars WEE TAM & BIG HUGE
Probably the best folk album ever released,Incredible string bands best for sure,Though much great stuff has been produced over the years since,Not sure that anything has surpassed... Read more
Published 14 months ago by GREENLEAF
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hidden gem from ISB
The Incredible String Band continue to intrigue and inspire me with their simple but beautiful songs and melodies. Wee Tam & The Big Huge (Typical weird I.S. Read more
Published on 23 May 2011 by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ISB Album
In my opinion, this is the best ISB album, and certainly the most psychedelic. Excellent use of diverse stringed instruments, such as the sitar, enhances the experience. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars End Of an era
The Big Huge was the Incredibles at their best and most esoteric besides which the light whimsy of Nufolk pales in comparison. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by Nicolas Milne
5.0 out of 5 stars astonishing but...
This is one of the best British albums of the sixties, which I suppose makes it one of the best albums of all time. Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by Mr. R. Forrest
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon blurb wrong again
According to the blurb, this was originally released as two separate LPs. Wrong. It was originally released as a double-LP, with the 'inside' (lyrics) of the sleeve(s) on the... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2009 by C. Metcalfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Music is so much less...
Someone wrote thet their previous album "The Hangmans Beautiful Daughter" was a conventional folk album... for the first 15 seconds. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2007 by M. D. Zukor
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