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Interesting and rewarding journey,
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This review is from: Hard Rope & Silken Twine (Audio CD)
Waited a long time for a decent cd release of this album I bought on vinyl in 1974. This remastered edition is slip cased with reasonable booklet and has good sound quality but no bonus tracks. The opening 6 minute track is one of the most beautiful written by Mike and in contrast is followed by a typically haunting live track by Robin. The next is also an excellent track in the 'Earthspan' style by Malcolm. For those yearning for a return to earlier days we are treated to a sitar driven track written by Robin. What was the final track of side two is another live track in the lighthearted vein of 'Hirem Pawnitof'. Which brings us to the 20 minute 'Ithkos'. I liked this song when I first heard it in 1974 and now nearly 40 years later I like it even more. It embraces many styles including rock and I actually enjoy it more than some of their earlier lengthy pieces. Like most ISB fans I would direct newcomers to the essential first four albums which peaked with Wee Tam and the Big Huge yet ironically many may prefer the sound of this album and so may be a good place to start before tracing them back to their roots. Whatever direction you take it will be like this album - an interesting and rewarding journey.