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  • 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: 108,499 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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Randall on 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 By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2005
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nick ( Larry )Lamb on 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 By abbazabba on 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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. L. Bradley on 3 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It would be a crying shame if the only people who buy this album are replacing an ancient vinyl copy (like me).
The unbridled imaginations of Mike Heron & Robin Williamson are given full range here, in a staggering display of multi-instrumental virtuosity. The lyrics which are deeply suggestive of myth, legend and pagan spirituality formed the soundtrack to most of the enjoyable psychodelic experiences of my youth.
I hope I can encourage a new generation to embrace this joyous sound.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By bobobob5 on 15 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This (double) album has a very different 'feel' to its predecessor (The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, which of course signified Death), and also to the other two previous albums. It's hard to say in words exactly where it differs, but it somehow flows more easily, it's less jerky, being more in a kind of 'hippy Donovan' style rather than a 'bearded folkie' folk-club sort of thing. That said, the earlier albums are superb.
To me, this album is a unique work which captures a 'feel' of the immediate post-Flower Power period that almost no other recording does. It's a sort of acid-folk, in a way, but it's really nothing to do with chemical substances at all - for it's simply poetic imagination, set to music. There are religious themes in it, but it really goes beyond the describable. Whatever it was that they somehow managed to capture here, one thing's for sure: they didn't have it before, and they didn't have it after. Maybe it's a sort of English/Celtic magic? Yes, that's probably what it was...
The band achieved much greater popularity after this album, becoming more of a kind of hippy/pop band, and I lose interest in their music after this point in their career. If you're thinking of buying it, take my advice and order it. I think that, after hearing it a few times, you'd wish you'd bought it ages ago.
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