Album of the Day
The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion
The seismic cultural shifts wrought by 1967 are apparent on The Incredible String Band's 5000 SPIRITS OR THE LAYERS OF THE ONION; from the cover to the grooves, it's an embrace of the psychedelic unimaginable from their debut a year earlier. Singer-songwriters Mike Heron and Robin Williamson had amassed a variety of exotic instruments including sitar, gimbri and oud to weave a multi-tracked tapestry with the help of esteemed U.K. folk-rock producer Joe Boyd. Among the highlights on the collection are "The Hedgehog's Song," “Painting Box” and “First Girl I Loved,” later covered by both Judy Collins and Jackson Browne. Paul McCartney and David Bowie were also huge fans of 5000 SPIRITS OR THE LAYERS OF THE ONION – and its whimsical, imaginative music will make you one, too.