October 10, 2018 – 11:19 am


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God’s Holiday [no label, CD3/4 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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Disc 3
Fiddlehead Ferns and Daffodils
Track 301. Radio Announcement/Tuning 1:27
Track 302. October Song 9:13
Track 303. Setup 2:37
Track 304. Bell Ringing 2:30
Track 305. Tuning 0:33
Track 306. The Pig Went Walking Over The Hill 1:41
Track 307. See All The People 2:02
Track 308. Swift As The Wind 2:25
Track 309. Play Music 7:42
Track 310. Ducks On A Pond 8:07
Track 311. Tuning 2:20
Track 312. Puppies 5:20
Track 313. Tuning 1:02
Track 314. Chinese White 4:08
Track 315. Tuning 1:15
Track 316. Maya 8:59
Track 317. The Iron Stone 5:51
68 mins

1-16 Fillmore East, New York, 5.Jun.68 (Broadcast June 1969), Benefit Concert for WBAI Radio, NYC
17 Live In The Studio Recording, Sound Techniques, Chelsea, Early 1969, Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending Film

Disc 4
A Very Small Door
Track 401. All Writ Down 5:40
Track 402. Dust be Diamonds 4:41
Track 403. Theta 1:53
Track 404. Fine Fingered Hands 6:26
Track 405. All Writ Down 4:00
Track 406. Fine Fingered Hands 5:09
Track 407. Maya 13:48
Track 408. Dust Be Diamonds 5:17
Track 409. The Letter 5:11
Track 410. Come With Me 3:56
Track 411. This Moment 7:47
64 mins

1-4 John Peel’s ‘Nightride’, 5.Feb.69 (Broadcast 5.Mar.69), BBC Radio One
5,6  Julie Felix ‘Once More With Felix’, 15.Feb.69, BBC 2 television broadcast
7-11 Ludlow’s Garage, Cincinnati, May ‘69, Soundboard recording

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  1. 7 Responses to “INCREDIBLE STRING BAND - GOD’S HOLIDAY CD3/4 OF 16”

  2. Thanks Big O! It seems you are going to post the lot here. Cool! If not no worries I’d be glad for the song has no ending . . . . . .I’ll just leave that there

    By swappers on Oct 10, 2018

  3. And this is why I’ve been coming to this site for years. Bless you Bigo and all who sail in her.

    By ND on Oct 11, 2018

  4. @ swappers, you’ll find the be glad movie on youtube.

    By ND on Oct 11, 2018

  5. A million thanks

    By JG on Oct 11, 2018

  6. Wow! I’ve been waiting for this collection so long that this surreal. Big O, thank you so much and please continue. ^v^

    By Tony on Oct 11, 2018

  7. Rumor has it no big uns in this band

    By U L E on Oct 11, 2018

  8. Hey Big O
    Whilst I appreciate the four vols to date can you indicate somehow whether you may be able to post all of the 16 ISB volumes or was that not your original intention (completist neurosis!)
    When you have a sec . . . . .

    Thanks anyway they are fab n groovy and stuff

    By swappers on Oct 12, 2018

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