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Product details

  • Vinyl (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PLG UK Catalog
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Opel
2. Clowns & Jugglers
3. Rats
4. Golden Hair (Vocal Version)
5. Dolly Rocker
6. Word Song
7. Wined And Dined
Disc: 2
1. Swan Lee (Silas Lang)
2. Birdie Hop
3. Let's Split
4. Lanky (Part One)
5. Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe)
6. Milky Way
7. Golden Hair (Instrumental)

Product Description

SYD BARRETT Opel (2014 UK 14-track LP pressed on 180gram VINYL a collection of unreleased material and alternate takes of recordings from sessions for The Madcap Laughs and Barrett. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with digital download code - still sealed SHSP4126)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of recordings that were left out of the two solo albums presumably because they were too clever for EMI's pop chart entrepreneurs.

Clowns and Jugglers is better and more imaginative than the version called Octopus on Madcap (good as that is), and it and the sparkling instrumental Lanky look towards the 1980s.

Birdy Hop is unique and difficult to describe. It is a blues word sculpture which has the singer and the subject of the song (the bird) built into the shape of the song as well as into the words and the performance. Another experimental song is Word Song which is the most condensed example of his song writing style. It consists of a list of mostly nouns playing off against each other, but it makes a fascinating song. There was a third songform experiment on the second album (Mindshot), but someone changed the title to It Is Obvious and made it seem just barmy.

On first impression I didn't like there being so many accoustic guitar tracks and it took me years to like Rats (from the second album) without the group sound. But over the years I have become fascinated by his style of playing it, especially on Birdy Hop, Word Song, Rats, and the accoustic version of Golden Hair.

This is a collection of out-takes but it is close to being as good as Madcap Laughs. It has several of Syd Berrett's best recordings and is essential for fans.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bobobob5 on 21 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some records you buy to dance to. Some to listen to for pleasure. Some because they're exciting. I don't think anyone would buy Opel for those reasons. The reason for buying it is simply to understand, or at least try to understand, the creative genius of Syd Barrett. So it's really for the dedicated fan, who already knows the other material. If you don't have any other solo Barrett material, this isn't the one to start with. Either get the box set, which includes this CD, or buy this one last. But, if you're in any way serious about his music and lyrics, this is a 'must'. It would take me far too long to explain exactly whay it's so good, and many books have already been written on Syd. But put it like this. If a new work by William Blake was uncovered, wouldn't people rush to get it? Of course! Or an alternative version of 'The Tyger'? Why certainly! That's your answer. Oh, by the way, the title track is great.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "tinalove2love" on 27 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
a selection of out takes from the sessions which produced "madcap" and "barrett". this compilation includes the tracks, "dolly rocker", "opel", birdie hop", "word song" and "lanky" of which floyd fans may have read but not heard. sadly, none of these are brilliant. word song is my favourite, consisting of a string of seemingly unconnected words mumbled over a single chord, it has a strange, haunting quality and frightens my children. "lanky" is a bit of mangled blues reminiscent of "interstellar overdrive" and "opel" is a darker, less together visit to the terratory of "octopus" (an early version of which, entitled "clowns and jugglers" is also included). "birdy hop" and "dolly rocker" give the impression of having been made up on the spot and add nothing to the singer's output. There are alternative takes of some of the songs from madcap and barrett but only the version of "dark globe" could be considered an improvement.
All in all, you'd be better just getting the double cd of the studio albums which includes the best of the out takes. I doubt that syd would have been happy with this collection as an album and perhaps that's the telling verdict.
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