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The Incredible String Band were one of the most esoteric bands to emerge on the British folk revival of the mid 60s. Led by Mike Heron and Robin Williamson they brought a genuine hippy ethos to their music and were heavily influenced by ethnic instruments and melodies (listen to the opening track on "U" the "El Wool Suite" and its vibrant sitar playing). In the 70s too many drugs made them lose some momentum and the group's ambitious stage show "U" did not translate easily from stage to record. Now it can be seen as a rare successful mix of Celtic roots, psychedelia and world music.