The INCREDIBLE STRING BAND ~ The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter FLED 3078

Layout 1The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter is arguably the Incredible String Band’s finest studio work. The record reached the top 5 in the UK album charts when first released in March 1968 and was nominated for a Grammy in the USA. The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter was a departure from the band’s earlier recordings, relying heavily on a more layered production, with imaginative use of the then new multi-track recording techniques. Robert Plant has said that Led Zeppelin found their way by playing Hangman’s and following the instructions.

The album’s centrepiece is Mike Heron’s ‘A Very Cellular Song’ which incorporates a Sikh hymn and the Bahamian spiritual ‘I Bid You Goodnight’ (learnt from the recordings of Joseph Spence. Other highlights include Williamson’s ‘The Minotuar’s Song’ and ‘The Water Song’. The careful remastering is quite revelatory – bringing out all the sonic majesty of the recording. The Fledg’ling edition has been carefully remastered by original producer Joe Boyd and engineer John Wood. Packaged in a stunning digipac with all elements of the original artwork and new sleevenotes from Robin Williamson.

track list:
1   Koeedaddi There
2   The Minotaur’s Song
3   Witches Hat
4   A Very Cellular Song
5   Mercy I Cry City
6   Waltz Of The New Moon
7   The Water Song
8   Three Is A Green Crown
9   Swift As The Wind
10   Nightfall

Mike Heron: lead vocals, sitar, hammond organ, guitar, hammer dulcimer, harsichord
Robin Williamson : lead vocals, guitar, gimbri, whistle, percussion, pan pipe, piano, oud, mandolin, jew’s harp, chahanai, water harp, harmonica

assisted by:
Dolly Collins : flute organ and piano
David Snell : harp
Licorice : vocals and finger cymbals

Release date : 29th March 2010
Barcode number : 5020393 307826