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Roger Keith 'Syd' Barrett (1946-2006) was the original front man and songwriter for Pink Floyd. Widely seen as a musical genius, he was an undisputed pioneer of the sixties underground psychedelic scene, and remains a source of unrelenting fascination for music journalists and fans alike.

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  • Audio CD (4 May 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Harvest
  • ASIN: B000008D8N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 23 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm one of those people that listened to Pink Floyd in their teens, progressing to the obscure albums in a period of experimentation. I'm not so keen on the later Pink Floyd albums like Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here (played them to death)- though I do like Obscured by Clouds, Meddle & Comfortably Numb (the recent version Gilmour did with Robert Wyatt the best I've heard). And I don't think it's the aura of self-immolation, but I prefer Piper at the Gates of Dawn: when Syd ruled. Then there's this collection of Syd's solo work.
This box set is basically a purple box, with OK liner notes and the three Syd solo albums- The Madcap Laughs, Barrett & the out-takes/rarities collection Opel- complete with extra tracks/alternate takes. Pity that the Peel Sessions is overlooked, ditto the single Vegatable Man/Scream Your Last Scream (which turn up regularly on Floyd bootlegs). Despite this it is well worth buying, because despite the myth (I saw Syd Barrett taking things out of a bin in Cambridge, he must have been 60 stone...) and the allure of the damaged (see also Roky Erikson, Brian Wilson ,Shane MacGowan), these songs are simply wonderful.
The Madcap Laughs was the debut album with production input from Malcolm Jones, Dave Gilmour, Roger Waters & Pete Jenner. His muse is damaged, but far from destroyed- every song is fantastic, highlights including Dark Globe, Terrapin and Late Night (these have been covered by REM, Marc & the Mambas & This Mortal Coil respectively). My favourite songs are Golden Hair (with lyrics from James Joyce's Ulysses) and Octopus- which is damaged and emotional. The extra takes are good, if slightly disturbing- as with songs like The Gnome or Bike, the child-like lyrics compund this fear- such as on I Love You: "Ice (s)cream 'scuse me...".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tricky wheeler on 9 July 2008
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Chances are, if you're not already acquainted with Syd, you're not thinking of buying this box set. If you haven't heard any of his stuff, and you're thinking of getting hold of something based on his work with Pink Floyd, perhaps you should see if you can listen to some of his solo work first. Don't just dive in. Syd's music is challenging, and it's not for those who enjoy technically flawless renditions of their favourite songs. What these albums offer above all else is honesty, Barrett lays his soul bare for the listener, offering a brief glimpse inside his acid warped mind. There's a beauty in his melancholy psychedelia that all the expertise and studio production in the world can't touch. But it's not for everyone.
If, on the other hand, you are a fan, then what you're getting here is his two solo albums and the "Opel" rarities album. The box set itself is probably nothing to write home about, it's just a big cardboard box with the CDs inside, and I was a little concerned when I first opened it to discover that the albums didn't appear to have their original cover art. As it turned out, though, you can invert the inlay card for the original cover. The artwork on the box is uninspiring to say the least. Also contained is a long, thin booklet with some blurb about Syd and some pictures, which is nice enough.
Buy it for the albums if you don't own them and you want to, they're easily worth the price, but that's all this box set is, it's just the three albums together in a box, don't expect much else of any note.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun 2000
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This 3 C.D box set contains all the material Barrett ever recorded as a solo artist and contains no less than 21 bonus tracks. It is an excellent way of aquiring all Barrett's work in one fell swoop. The information booklet and the C.Ds are all presented in excellent detail. The bonus tracks vary in quality and the best ones are on "Opel," On these C.Ds, Syd is at his best when he has backing as some acoustic numbers are barely listenable to. My only query is why didn't they throw in a copy of the "Peel sessions C.D?"
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful By O T Barton on 27 Jun 2002
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This box set contains the 3 Syd Barret CDs that were remastered and re-released in the early ninetys : The madcap laughs , Barret and Opel . These contain the tracks from the original records Barret did during his short solo carier , after leaving the Pink Floyd . They also feature bonus tracks which are the rough cuts from the recording session where you can hear syd's various versions of tracks and his mistakes . These songs are a mix of old fairy tale lyrics and acoustic psycadelic rythms performed and produced in a very rough yet friendly fashion . It shows syd's way of creatindg perfectly although his cacophonic and unrehursed style will not agree with everyones idea of music .
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Barrett's Genius 25 Oct 2000
By Craig Moyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although some of the songs on this box set seem a bit unfinished, having only guitar and vocals, after listening to them a few times I really grew to appreciate them. Many times the lyrics don't make a lick of sense but they still sound great. Unlike the morbid songs produced by Pink Floyd while Roger Waters was at the helm, many of Syd's songs are really uptempo and have a catchy beat. Sadly one can practically feel Barrett's sanity slipping away in some of the out takes included here. As an 18 year old boy fed up with the music industry's endless desire to produce bubble gum crap, I strongly recomend this this trip to the past in a time when original musicians like Syd could produce orginal music and not be laughed at by record companies. The music industry should take Barrett's music as a hint of what constitutes talent. Like many other greats of his time (Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix), Barrett burned brightly and then burned out fast, which makes me kind of sad when I listen to this music. Barrett's disain for conventional form and style paid off though, and you can tell during songs like "opel" and "Clowns and Jugglers." Some of the acoustic tracks show the complexity of Barrett's songs better than the ones with backing bands because you can hear how he changes meter, etc. In short I reccommend this box set only to those looking for a departure from maintream rock, otherwise the ablums would appear raw and unfinished. It must be viewed with some prior appreciation of Barrett and his lyrical genius.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Collection 11 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased the Crazy Diamond box set a month or two ago andhave throughly enjoyed it. All three albums, "The MadcapLaughs", "Barret", and "Opel" are wonderful. But my favorite is "Barret". The bonus tracks on each disc are very interesting and give a different perspective on some of the songs. Before I purchased the box set, I looked around at the other items listed for Syd Barret. I noticed that there were import versions of each the albums with the bonus tracks and I added up the costs and decided to purchase the box set. The box set is a extraordinary offer at a extraordinary price! The music is all wonderful and after listening to the albums time and time again you will wish that Syd Barret released more material... I certainly do.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Blythe H. Evans III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Long out of print in the USA, Crazy Diamond with its extra tracks and full color booklet gives an entirely complete look into the solo recordings of rock's most misunderstood man, Syd Barrett. A founding member of the Cambridge-based psychedelic pop group The Pink Floyd, Barrett left the band in 1968 after a series of mental breakdowns which led to his final demise as a recording artist in 1971. This box set compiles the known studio recordings, rehearsals and rough demos Barrett made for albums released on the Harvest label, "Madcap" - 1970, "Barrett" - 1970 and the "lost recordings album - "Opel" released in 1988.
Complete with new artwork and date/track listings - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! WOOF WOOF!!!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The complete recordings? 6 Jun 2001
By ron k. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I must say this is one hell of a box set, well worth the money for Syd fans. This appeared to be the whole sha-bang, but now they've come out with the compilation "wouldn't you miss me" or something similar that has a song that you can't find anywhere else, so I guess it's not as complete as it was supposed to be. The music however is great, the songs sound like they were either re-mixed or remasterd, and the out-takes (bunches and bunches included) kinda help you paint a more realistic picture of Syd's true personality. Hearing the alternate versions, and random starts and stops on the bonus tracks give you a good idea of what Syd was really like. Some are faster,some slower, some moodier and some where he couldn't figure out what key he wanted to start singing in. I think this is great. Also the booklet that comes with it is cool, focusing it's attention on Syd's life as a musican, rather than a madcap....Highly Highly recommeded, I mean why buy anything else?(except for the new cd I suppose!<G>)
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
NJ Barrett Fan 26 April 2000
By Wade Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Crazy Diamond Box set is a must for all people interested in Syd Barrett or early Pink Floyd! It has all his usable tracks that he ever recorded as a solo artist. (if you have all 3 of his albums already, I suggest not to buy it) It is packaged in a beautiful box containing a 27 page book on this once promising artist, containing great information and pictures. Each cd has 4 or more extra tracks on it. My personal favorite song is Clowns and Jugglers on Opel! I must have listened to it over 500 times already and it keeps getting better everytime. The box set is printed in the UK, and I think only 10,000 have ever been made, so buy this while it lasts! Trust me, it's a great addition to your music collection
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