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Circle Is Unbroken (Live and Studio 1967-1972)
Incredible String Band (The)
Original Release Year
Label / Distributor
Sanctuary / Universal Music
Pieces in Set
Studio / Live
Essentially, this two-disc compilation pairs the Incredible String Band's previously issued Chelsea Sessions 1967 (with one bonus track -- a medley), with a live set from Canada in 1972. Therefore, it's not material recorded between the years, as the title would suggest, so much as from those years. (It should be said, for the sake of accountability, that perhaps "God Dog" may date later than the other cuts; no one seems to know.) The 1967 material is wonderful, coming as it does from the sessions that resulted in the band's second album 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion. Six tracks made the LP. Many of these tunes feature Robin Williamson debuting his material solo, accompanied only by his guitar. The sound on the first disc is great throughout. The second disc here is from a Canadian gig in 1972 that featured Mike Heron and Williamson with four (then) new-ish members, including the band's equipment manager on drums and their soundman on bass. It was previously issued on CD as The First Girl I Loved in 1998 on Mooncrest. There is some debate here as well about the material being taken form various shows instead of a single concert. The original issue contained at least one cut, "Ithkos," that was from 1974. That song has been replaced by other bonus tracks from the same gig, or series of gigs: "Oh Did I Love a Dream," and "The Hag with the Money." The sound on this set is a bit more marginal, but the material and performances are lively and savvy. ~ Thom Jurek
FROM CHELSEA TO TORONTO features live songs and rare material from Irish Celtic rock band Incredible String Band. English version contains a live song recorded in 1974.
Uncut - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This was the defining line-up of Robin Williamson and Mike Heron, each fronting his own distinctively flavoured songs with the other providing esoteric and exotic back-up." Mojo - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a playfully ragged potpourri of folk songs, jigs, novelty kazoo numbers and even a bossa version of 'First Girl I Loved'..."