Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air

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Liquid Acrobat As Regards The Air
Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air (album cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1971
RecordedAugust 1971, Sound Techniques, Chelsea, London and Island Studios, Notting Hill, London
GenrePsychedelic folk, British folk rock
Length48:29
LabelIsland
ProducerStanley Schnier
Incredible String Band chronology
Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending
(1971)
Liquid Acrobat As Regards The Air
(1971)
Earthspan
(1972)

Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air is the ninth album by the Incredible String Band. It features Mike Heron, Robin Williamson, Licorice McKechnie and Malcolm Le Maistre. The album was the band's first almost entirely electric recording; a new feature that was to define the change in the band's sound throughout their final period through 1974.[1] The album did well on the charts, and was the most financially successful of the band's output.[citation needed]

This was also the first album without Rose Simpson who was going to become a sound engineer, but started a family instead. Gerry Conway, a drummer of Fairport Convention appears on the album.[2]

The most ambitious track is also its lengthiest. "Darling Belle", the track Williamson said "came to me in a dream", is composed of three-way vocals and spoken-word. Heron would vocalize and McKechnie would mimic his words with her high-pitch vocals. It tells the story of a woman from childhood to old age.[3] "Tree" is a remake of the song "The Tree" from the band's first album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Robin Williamson except as noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Talking Of The End" 5:30
2."Dear Old Battlefield" 3:05
3."Cosmic Boy"Mike Heron, Licorice McKechnie3:49
4."Worlds They Rise and Fall"Heron3:23
5."Evolution Rag" 4:42
6."Painted Chariot"Heron3:42
7."Adam and Eve" 2:31
8."Red Hair"Heron2:05
9."Here Till Here is There" 3:04
10."Tree"Heron2:58
11."Jigs: Eyes Like Leaves / Sunday Is My Wedding Day / Drops Of Whiskey / Grumbling Old Men"Traditional, arr. Williamson2:41
12."Darling Belle" 10:59

Charts[edit]

Chart Entry
date
Peak
position
Weeks charted
UK Albums Chart[4] October 30, 1971 46 1
The Billboard 200[5] February 19, 1972 189 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Beta (2003-03-04). "Incredible String Band: Incredible String Band / Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air Album Review | Pitchfork". M.pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  2. ^ "Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air - The Incredible String Band | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  3. ^ "Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air by The Incredible String Band (Album, Psychedelic Folk): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  4. ^ Chart Archive - Incredible String Band(Link redirected to OCC website)
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel; Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums, 1955-1996; p. 366. ISBN 0898201179