The Queen of Love is an almost forgotten masterpiece of psychedelic folk music, written by Robin Williamson and recorded by The Incredible String Band in 1970. Back in 2020, during lockdown, I set about arranging an orchestral adaptation of the piece to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Here it is.
Cellos have a pretty serious image. They're seen primarily as classical instruments, whereas the violin gets to play everywhere. So I set out to put this right and give the cello a chance to play the blues.
The Rolling Stones' Paint it Black is one of the three most streamed songs in 70 years of the charts. Considering it was released in 1966, long before streaming, that's quite a achievement. So, why does it have such long-term appeal?