Hard Rope & Silken Twine

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Hard Rope & Silken Twine
Studio album by The Incredible String Band
Released March 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Folk
Length 43:51
Label Island
Producer Mike Heron
The Incredible String Band chronology
No Ruinous Feud
Hard Rope & Silken Twine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Hard Rope & Silken Twine is the twelfth and final album released by The Incredible String Band. It was released in 1974.

It was fitting that their final track "Ithkos" was 20 minutes of several compositions. These ranging from Greek roots, to their strongest genre, folk, then progressive rock, and ending with the addition of synthesizers. Such lengthy compositions were common for the band during their heyday.

Overall the album contains folk songs mixed with progressive rock influence. These attempts at changing the band's sound proved to be unsuccessful because, after disappointing sales, the band was dropped from its label. Musical indifferences created continuing turmoil that led to the band dissolving by October of the same year.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Maker of Islands" Mike Heron 6:01
2. "Cold February" Robin Williamson 5:46
3. "Glancing Love" Malcolm Le Maistre, Mike Garson 4:00
4. "Dreams of No Return" Williamson 5:20
5. "Dumb Kate" Heron 3:21
6. "Ithkos" Heron 19:23
Total length: 43:51


Chart Listing[edit]

In the Bubbling Under the Top LPs list on the Billboard 200, the album topped at No. 208.

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