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The Incredible String Band

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Incredible String Band : Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

The only UK group of any reputation signed to Elektra until Jac Holzman signed Queen in 1972, The Incredible String Band were the ultimate, eclectic folk act, produced by Joe Boyd, then running Elektra’s London office. After one, essentially traditional folk album, recorded as a trio, the duo of Mike Heron and Robin Williamson veered off into a more esoteric direction.

Utilizing unfamiliar instrumentation, 1967’s 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion saw them become darlings of the UK underground scene. 5000 Spirits was effectively the Sgt. Pepper of the folk world with its genre-defining