Although generally regarded as one of the Incredible String Band
's sub-standard efforts, Changing Horses
has an appealing looseness and sense of fun which nicely balances the often over-serious nature of the band's always strange mix of English folk and psycheldelia. With two tracks topping the 15-minute mark in length, some of the record comes off like a rambling, drunken living room jam session. This version of the Incredible String Band
includes two women, Rose and Liquorice, who add some nice, high vocal harmonies to the standard Mike Heron
sound. Rose also contributes some nice tuba-influenced electric bass work throughout the album. Changing Horses
has a distinct lack of memorable songs (with the possible exception of Williamson
's "Mr. and Mrs.," which, because of its raw production, organ and guitar work, bears a striking resemblance at times to the Velvet Underground
) but, due to the group's willingness to take chances, bears repeated listenings.