by Eric Berman
Song Of The Day - "The First Girl I Loved" by Incredible String Band from the 1967 album "The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion"
I first came into contact with this wistful song via Judy Collin's version on her "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" album where it was called "The First Boy I Loved." It makes sense that she would've covered this song as they were both label mates at Elektra Records. It literally took me years to get into the ISB. My older sister had the album "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" when I was growing up and I found it to be impenetrable. Now, I really love their rootsy psychedelic instrumentation, whimsical lyrics, terrific vocals and the songs of Mike Heron and Robin Williamson.