Album of the Day
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
Scotland's Incredible String Band combined traditional music of several cultures and brought that mixture into the hippie era, giving birth to freak folk. Among the ISB's many fans is Robert Plant, who once cited the group's THE HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER as a major influence on Led Zeppelin. The 1968 Elektra collection is ambitious and eclectic, applying a wide array of acoustic instruments (including sitar, oud, hammered dulcimer, pan pipe and harpsichord) to the frequently surreal lyrics of Robin Williamson and Mike Heron. These songs of minotaurs and amoebas are psychedelic in the broadest sense of the term, and make excellent use of multi-tracking and overdubbing, guided by the capable hand of producer Joe Boyd. A commercial success in its native U.K. as well as a Grammy nominee, THE HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER is considered the Incredible String Band's finest album, and it still works a strange magic on listeners.