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Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.

Musicboy 17 Apr 18 - 11:09 AM
Brian Peters 17 Apr 18 - 11:28 AM
DaveRo 17 Apr 18 - 11:49 AM
Brian Peters 17 Apr 18 - 12:15 PM
DaveRo 17 Apr 18 - 12:33 PM
Brian Peters 17 Apr 18 - 12:42 PM
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Subject: Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.
From: Musicboy
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 11:09 AM

This is a long shot, but...Not sure how many people on this site re old enough to remember the first Incredible String Band song book, but I am the transcription of Robin Williamson's October Song that is in it. Anyone able to help?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.
From: Brian Peters
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 11:28 AM

You mean the Happy Traum book? I have it here! Is it a copy of the tab you're after? If so, PM me with your email address.

That book was my next step on guitar after 'Hold Down A Chord'. Quite a challenge, since every piece seemed to be in a different tuning! And I never got 'October Song' to sound quite like the record.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.
From: DaveRo
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 11:49 AM

I found this review of it:
http://www.angelfire.com/biz3/ISB/songbook.html


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.
From: Brian Peters
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 12:15 PM

Interesting review. However, it states: "Omitted from the first album are the two "trad" titles, Schaeffer's Jig and Niggertown, Palmer's one and only ISB title Empty Pocket Blues, Robin's Womankind and Mike's Can't Keep Me Here. Included from WT/BH are Cousin Caterpillar, The Greatest Friend and You Get Brighter."

My copy has all of those self-composed tracks from the first album, and none of the three from Wee Tam & The Big Huge. Must have been two editions?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.
From: DaveRo
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 12:33 PM

The link to the review comes from here - which has a list of songs.

All the versions I see listed have 112 pages.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.
From: Brian Peters
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 12:42 PM

Thanks Dave - looks identical apart from those three songs.

And it was worth £60 twelve years ago!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.
From: Brian Peters
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 12:51 PM

'Womankind' is actually one of RW's most interesting early guitar accompaniments. Fancy omitting that in favour of the basic strumming that MH used on 'Greatest Friend'!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.
From: Musicboy
Date: 20 Apr 18 - 11:11 AM

Hello Brian. Not sure what the happy traum book was. I think I missed that. The book I had in mind was just called "The Incredible String Band Song Book". It is the book linked to above. It has a TAB and a music score of the melody. It's the melody I'm interested in. I can't get it to sound right. I would love to get hold of a copy of the complete volume, if anyone has one to sell. Mine disintegrated over four decades ago.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Incredible String Band song book.
From: Brian Peters
Date: 20 Apr 18 - 11:32 AM

Same book. If you want the 3 pages for 'October Song', let me know by PM. Not selling, though!


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