October 31, 2018 – 7:12 am


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God’s Holiday [no label, CD13/14 of 16]

Various dates and venues. Broadcasts and other rarities. Fairly good soundboard and radio broadcasts.

Waiting for this stuff to be released is like waiting for God to take a holiday.

The Incredible String Band (sometimes abbreviated as ISB) were a psychedelic folk band formed by Clive Palmer, Robin Williamson and Mike Heron in Scotland in 1966. The band built a considerable following, especially in the British counterculture, notably with their albums The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, and Wee Tam and the Big Huge. They became pioneers in psychedelic folk and, through integrating a wide variety of traditional music forms and instruments, in the development of world music. Following Palmer’s early departure, Williamson and Heron performed as a duo, later augmented by other musicians. The band split up in 1974. They reformed in 1999 and continued to perform with changing lineups until 2006. - wikipedia

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Thanks to the Gimbris group; and to pschnob for sharing the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

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The final two discs will be shared tomorrow.

Disc 13
Trying To Play The Simplest Chords I Know
Track 1301. Intro By Mike And Robin 0:20
Track 1302. Cousin Caterpillar 3:24
Track 1303. Intro By Mike And Robin 1:34
Track 1304. Everything’s Fine Right Now 2:40
Track 1305. Intro By Mike, Malcolm And Robin 2:02
Track 1306. Skiffle Song 3:21
Track 1307. Intro By Malcolm 1:45
Track 1308. Sailor And The Dancer 2:56
Track 1309. Turquoise Blue 4:29
Track 1310. You Get Brighter 1:14
Track 1311. Dust Be Diamonds 2:04
Track 1312. My Father Was A Lighthouse Keeper 4:54
Track 1313. At The Lighthouse Dance 3:41
Track 1314. Sleepers, Awake! 4:19
Track 1315. Brian Boru’s March 2:47
Track 1316. Giles Crocodile [Crooked-Deal] 7:11
Track 1317. Intro By Mike 0:16
Track 1318. Maker Of Islands 5:31
Track 1319. Intro By Robin 0:24
Track 1320. Cold Days Of February 6:56
Track 1321. Intro By Malcolm And Mike 2:15
Track 1322. Dumb Kate 3:28
Track 1323. Intro By Mike 1:02
Track 1324. Black Jack David 2:40
Track 1325. Intro By Malcolm 3:03
Track 1326. Tear The Silk 1:22
76 mins

Track 01-26 Tampa, Florida, 29.Apr.73 (Soundboard Recording)

Disc 14
Her Hands Are Trembling With Emotion
Track 1401. Ithkos 1:41
Track 1402. Ithkos 2:42
Track 1403. Ithkos 2:20
Track 1404. Intro By John Peel 0:05
1405. Dreams Of No Return - Omitted *
Track 1406. Outro By John Peel 0:20
1407. Jane - Omitted *
Track 1408. Outro By John Peel 0:05
1409. Dear Old Battlefield - Omitted *
Track 1410. Outro By John Peel 0:08
Track 1411. Black Jack David 2:26
Track 1412. Outro By John Peel 0:15
Track 1413. Intro 0:13
Track 1414. Black Jack David 2:32
Track 1415. Circus Girl 3:01
Track 1416. Finale - From A Very Cellular Song 2:39
Track 1417. 1968 6:17
Track 1418. Evolution Rag 4:51
30 mins

Track 01-02 Glen Row, Summer 1973 (Rehearsal Film)
Track 03 The Colston Hall, Bristol, 23.Oct.73 (Rehearsal Film)
Track 04-12 John Peel’s ‘Top Gear - Sounds Of The Seventies’, BBC Radio One, 23.Oct.73 (Recorded 9.Oct.73)
Track 13-16 The Rainbow Theatre, London, 9.May.74
Track 17-18 Rehearsals (Late 1973 to Mid 1974) (Forbes Tapes)

* Available on ‘Across The Airwaves’ on Hux087 ( and may also be found on the Band Of Joy CD ‘On Air’ BOJCD004 (1991) and the Windsong CD ‘BBC Radio One Live In Concert’ WINCD 029 (1992).

Click here to order Incredible String Band releases.

  1. 7 Responses to “INCREDIBLE STRING BAND - GOD’S HOLIDAY CD13/14 OF 16”

  2. Rumor has it ‘ no big uns in this band

    By U L Ex on Oct 31, 2018

  3. Thanks Big O - nearly there now and this is such a treat! I made a point last time for vols11/12 that perhaps it was for completists only but then that volume despite the omitted tracks and leaving the intros in, which someone else mentioned was a tad odd (sic) but actually that volume had some towering stuff on the quality for example from the set broadcast by WLIR at Hempstead Not Yoik is just excellent [listen to ‘Log Cabin Home in the Sky’ if you don’t believe me for example - oh, and for musos here try following the time signature of that one!]
    Truly fascinating document
    Fank yoooo!

    By swappers on Oct 31, 2018

  4. How would you know if they’re no big ones ? It’s all in the hands and feet . If they have big hands and feet ‘ they’re Cocs are usually big as well and vice versa

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