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Relics [Original recording remastered]

Pink Floyd Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002U0D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Arnold Layne (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Interstellar Overdrive (1996 Digital Remaster) 9:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. See Emily Play (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Remember A Day (1996 Digital Remaster) 4:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Paintbox (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Julia Dream (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Careful With That Axe Eugene (1996 Digital Remaster) 5:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cirrus Minor (1996 Digital Remaster) 5:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Nile Song (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Biding My Time (1996 Digital Remaster) 5:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bike (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:210.89  Buy MP3 

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This low-priced 'Bizarre Collection Of Antiques and Curios', originally released as a stop-gap between Pink Floyd's first No.1 album, Atom Heart Mother and the yet-to-be released Meddle, acted as a perfect introduction to the band, especially when, several years later, the success of Dark Side Of The Moon sent new fans back to investigate their earlier work. Relics put listeners in a reverie of strangeness. It was hard to imagine that this was the same group. And of course, in many respects, it wasn't, for, on six of the album's eleven cuts, mercurial former leader Syd Barrett was present.

The album demonstrates how Pink Floyd evolved, giving a neat précis of the group as they exchanged Barrett's psychedelic whimsy ("Bike", "See Emily Play") for space rock ("Careful With That Axe, Eugene”), before moving on to rock of a more conventional kind ("Biding My Time", "The Nile Song"); all in the space of four years. For years, this was the only way you could get the group's first two singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" on long-player. On listening today, they still generate great excitement – this is the sound of musical boundaries being stretched. As Relics meanders through rare B-sides and Rick Wright-penned album tracks, it pauses on the overlooked album More as well as the then-previously unreleased studio trifle, “Biding My Time”, recorded in July 1969. The album closes with The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn closer, "Bike", and gives us a final glimpse back into Syd's world. For all the weirdness and variable nature of the material, Relics holds together very well, adding further to the mystery of the legend of Pink Floyd. --Daryl Easlea

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PINK FLOYD Relics (1995 Dutch CD issue of the 11-track compilation album which was originally released in 1971 housed in a jewel case with booklet. This is a great round-up of early Floyd which includes the superb Syd Barrett compositions Arnold Layne and See Emily Play. The sleeve shows only light wear and the disc is in excelent condition)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Precious Relics 28 May 2007
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This is an excellent compilation album for those who wish to investigate Pink Floyd's highly productive early years, especially those with Syd Barrett.

Two of Barrett's most renowned and revered compositions are included, 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play'. The former is a curious tale depicting a barmy fellow who enjoys stealing women's undergarments, and is a characteristically idiosyncratic cut from Barrett, being both delightfully playful and flawless musically. 'See Emily Play' is even better; a psychedelic masterpiece, made distinctive due to the hallucinatory organ sounds and Barrett's blithe and effervescent lyrical imagery. These are two fantastic examples of Floyd's Syd Barrett era, where the band was able to churn out playful, childlike, almost whimsical slices of psychedelic pop, which were quintessentially English. The inclusion of Barrett's 'Interstellar Overdrive' also demonstrates his experimental and progressive leanings, aptly underlining the many dimensions of early Floyd.

This compilation isn't all about Barrett, though. Also included are early tracks from keyboardist, Rick Wright, 'Remember a Day' and 'Paintbox' (although Barrett plays guitar on the former). These tracks undoubtedly intended to recapture the Barrett-era zeitgeist of psychedelic sounds and dreamlike lyrics. Though whilst Rick has a pleasant voice, the songs lack the distinctiveness of Barrett's work. However, they are still interesting artefacts from the band's distant psychedelic past.

On 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene', Pink Floyd's successful progression away from the Barrett sound is evident. The song is a hugely atmospheric jam, driven by Rick Wright's wondrous eastern-sounding organ playing and interpolated forebodingly with ghostly shrieks from Roger Waters.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Floyd album for Non-Floyd fans 27 Feb 2007
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This isn't 'The Wall' or 'Meddle' or 'Dark Side' or even 'Saucerful of Secrets' - this is largely Syd's Pink Floyd and gives full expression to our favourite Crazy Diamond. I'm proud to admit that this and "Piper at the Gates" are the only Floyd albums I now own and I play this often. Someone will doubtless point out Syd isn't involved on all of these tracks but they're all brushed with his influence and tainted by his maniacal vision. This is England's version of Roky Erickson & the 13th Floor Elevators but much better recordings.

Axe (as soundtracked on Zabriskie Point) is good, the singles Arnold Layne & Emily Play a perfect marriage but it's the mellow Cirrus Minor, Julia Dream, Paintbox and Remember a Day that really take me back to the years immediately after the Brit's summer of love. They're blissful (the perfect adjective here). Maybe I should give due credit to Roger Waters here. The Nile Song & Interstellar both rock and Paintbox ends up making you want to rip off all of your clothes, no matter who's in the room with you. Oops - time for me to be on me Bike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Floyd At Their Best 23 July 2005
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"Relics" is an early 'Best Of' album, featuring some of Pink Floyd's most popular songs of the time. This, however the first time that "See Emily Play" and "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" have appeard on an album. (Unless you own the Japanese version of "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" which has "See Emily Play")
This is a great album by a great band. A must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential - for fans and casual explorers alike 4 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Covering the period 1967 to 1971, 'Relics' was originally released to capitalise on the success of the 'Atom Heart Mother' album. It now stands as the perfect introduction to the band's early work (alongside 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn') for those who only know 'Dark Side of the Moon' or 'The Wall'. A selection of tracks from the early LPs are presented alongside the two big Syd Barrett period singles 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play' not included on albums of the time. For fans, 'Biding My Time' is not available anywhere else, and 'Julia Dream' and this version of 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene' are only otherwise available on 'The Early Singles' disc available only in the 'Shine On' box set.

But what about the music? If you only know Floyd's later work, the sound may be something of a shock. 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play' are pure sixties pop while 'Interstellar Overdrive' is the sound of Rock in its first flush stretching out and feeling for the possibilities of a more complex, experimental neo-classical approach. Elsewhere there is that peculiarly English mixture of whimsy and the blues, pastoral and psychedelia, and of course no-one should be without 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene' with its menacing whispers and screaming.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunity 8 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
I could never understand why this first compilation of Floyd stuff never included unavailable tracks such as "Apples And Oranges", "Point Me At The Sky", "Candy And Currant Bun" yet included several album tracks that were still available on the original albums. This re-issue was also an opportunity to finally include the unreleased but brilliant "Scream Thy Last Scream" and "Vegetable Man"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 7 Dec 2000
Unusually for a Floyd output this is not a concept album but more a collection of singles, though as far as I am aware the excellent Arnold Layne was the only success on that score.
A very early album (and the first of theirs I ever bought) it has stood the test of time. It is a lyrical, fun, disturbing, mellow and haunting collection that I still - after many years - regularly listen too.
If you only like easy listening pop you won't find this very accessible, otherwise it would make a great addition to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early pink Floyd
Oldies but goldies. Just what you need to listen to early and rare recordings
Published 24 days ago by Thomas Turnbull
4.0 out of 5 stars relics
i enjoyed this collection of early pink floyd songs.but every track has wrong time on it?might be a collectors item ?i would still buy it my friends.[ made in italy]
Published 28 days ago by leslie1
5.0 out of 5 stars A good reminder of some of their lesser known pieces.
I had this album once before in cassette form but it broke some years before and I had forgotten just how good it was, especially "Juliet Dream" I was also fortunate to see... Read more
Published 1 month ago by vincent loakes
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting collection of early Floyd
I recall buying this album on vinyl way back in the 1970s, mainly because it was released on a budget label. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD
Published 13 months ago by gollumanelf63
5.0 out of 5 stars What can i say...
A really piece full of joy, rock-space, and a lot of preDSOTM us the way how Floyd started !
Published 16 months ago by Jose Lira
4.0 out of 5 stars great discovery
it includes many Syd Barrett's tracks not included in the official albums, including the first ever Pink Floyd singles Arnold Layne and Emily Plays, and the ever-sweet Julia Dream
Published 16 months ago by Filippo M. Caroti
5.0 out of 5 stars 10-10
had it in plenty off time for my birthday and had it before the delivert date would recomend if you are a pinkfloyd fan
Published 17 months ago by babs
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Best Of
Absolutely spiffing collection of early Floyd from the great days of Syd to pre-"Wall" experimentation, I remember having this on vinyl when it first came out & played it... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kev Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought 'cos its cheap and can re-order if I like.
One of the better early Floyd albums albeit a compilation of sorts.
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