Nearly a decade before "The Dark Side of the Moon" became one of the best-selling albums of all time, Pink Floyd was a very different band. Fronted and co-founded by a young man named Syd Barrett, they were among the forefathers of psychedelic rock, experimenting heavily with long instrumental pieces as well as designing their own accompanying light shows--a feature for which they were well known until the band dissolved in 1995. However, Syd cracked under the pressure of the band's growing popularity as well as his history with drug use and was dismissed by the band on April 6, 1968. "London 1966/1967" is among the very few live recordings of Syd's time spent with Pink Floyd and is an excellent gauge for the talent of these four young men.
For any Pink Floyd fan familiar with the Syd Barrett era and with the band's debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," "Interstallar Overdrive" is a familiar song, but the version found here is well worth another look. The album version clocks in at a cool 9:41, but this version goes much deeper. Clocking in at close to 16 minutes, to call this version "trippy" is an understatement. The B-side, "Nick's Boogie," is a previously-unreleased recording composed by Nick Mason, Pink Floyd's drummer, and adds a bit of funk to the psychedelic freak-out of "Interstallar Overdrive." Seeing as it was composed by Mason, the drummer, it is very percussion-heavy and shows another side to the overall sound of Pink Floyd.
Fans of the early days of Pink Floyd should definitely pick up this live EP. Sure, it's a little expensive considering it's only two songs long, but there are close to 30 minutes of music between those two songs. It also displays well how skillful and artistic Pink Floyd were before their own fame broke them apart. Keep in mind, neither of these songs have any lyrics, but sometimes lyrics just get in the way.