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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative genius!
Syd Barrett, along with the Beatles, Marr/Morrissey, Nick Drake etc is one of the creative geniuses of pop(!?) music. His solo albums make most of the post Syd Pink Floyd albums sound very bland by comparison. These albums are very unrefined, and most people consider them to be tuneless wailing or droning, but there is a creativity, warmth, and emotional honesty that you...
Published on 16 Dec. 2003 by greg fraser

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
On thing is certain is that this "box set" is very good value for money. I have been listening to it for some time in the car and a little at home and feel Syd Barrett is fun to listen too but ultimately a little overrated in terms of Amazon 5 stars. The extra outtakes on these albums are worthless however one track did sound better acoustic only.
Published on 27 July 2006 by Johan De-silva


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative genius!, 16 Dec. 2003
This review is from: The Madcap Laughs / Barrett (Audio CD)
Syd Barrett, along with the Beatles, Marr/Morrissey, Nick Drake etc is one of the creative geniuses of pop(!?) music. His solo albums make most of the post Syd Pink Floyd albums sound very bland by comparison. These albums are very unrefined, and most people consider them to be tuneless wailing or droning, but there is a creativity, warmth, and emotional honesty that you won't hear anywhere else. Theres' not only magical tunes and crazy allusive lyrics ('The end of truth that lay out the time, spent lazing here on a painting green!'), but some extremely groovy tracks with a full band. Most of the best stuff is on 'Madcap laughs' (Dark Globe is maybe the most harrowingly beautiful song I've heard) , but 'Barrett' and Opel are also brilliant.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of barrett, 27 April 2003
This review is from: The Madcap Laughs / Barrett (Audio CD)
after his much discussed departure from the pink floyd, the band's former front man was coaxed into the studio to make some solo recordings. two classic albums resulted,"the madcap laughs" and "barrett", both of which are included in this package.
both albums include some fantastic work, particularly in the lyrics, which take the familiary nursery rhyme/w.b yeats romanicism of the "piper at the gates of dawn" album to even greater heights. the first album is starker and balder with a simple line up of guitars, bass and drums. the second is more whimsical and includes some nice floaty organ from rick wright, although this sometimes overwhelmes the essential simplicity of the songs.
by all accounts, barrett was not in the best of (mental) health and the original vinyl albums (particularly the first) made something of a feature of this, including some quite harrowing takes complete with false starts and strange grunts from the singer. this reissued cd package puts all of this into a bit of a different light by including takes not used on the original albums. with these, you get more of a feeling of how the songs were put together and the false starts and so on begin to look a bit more like the normal creative process which goes into making any piece of recorded music.
particularly good are the out takes of "love song", "dominoes" and "it is obvious" from the second album "barrett". unlike the album versions, these outakes feature syd and his guitar without any overdubs from his former band mates and they're all the better for it.
Another album "opel" was put together from (most of) the remaining out takes but there is nothing there (except perhaps "word song") which adds anything to the barrett canon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, 27 July 2006
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Johan De-silva "Mr Scruff" (Hampshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Madcap Laughs / Barrett (Audio CD)
On thing is certain is that this "box set" is very good value for money. I have been listening to it for some time in the car and a little at home and feel Syd Barrett is fun to listen too but ultimately a little overrated in terms of Amazon 5 stars. The extra outtakes on these albums are worthless however one track did sound better acoustic only.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BARRETTS HOME, 3 Sept. 2008
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Oh!They don't make them like this anymore,the typically English eccentric,Syd was unique as these two albums show,.
The English charm is there in abundance,there are some dark moments in this ,but they do not detract from the genius of Syd.
The sad thing is that Syd was an artist who like Nick Drake was discovered far to late.
David Gilmour produced some of the tracks and to his credit has never forgotten his friend syd,even to the extent of playing "Dark Globe" in concert.listen to these albums and realise that innocence can sometimes be bliss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best of barrett, 27 April 2003
This review is from: The Madcap Laughs / Barrett (Audio CD)
after his much discussed departure from the pink floyd, the band's former front man was coaxed into the studio to make some solo recordings. two classic albums resulted,"the madcap laughs" and "barrett", both of which are included in this package.
both albums include some fantastic work, particularly in the lyrics, which take the familiary nursery rhyme/w.b yeats romanicism of the "piper at the gates of dawn" album to even greater heights. the first album is starker and balder with a simple line up of guitars, bass and drums. the second is more whimsical and includes some nice floaty organ from rick wright, although this sometimes overwhelmes the essential simplicity of the songs.
by all accounts, barrett was not in the best of (mental) health and the original vinyl albums (particularly the first) made something of a feature of this, including some quite harrowing takes complete with false starts and strange grunts from the singer. this reissued cd package puts all of this into a bit of a different light by including takes not used on the original albums. with these, you get more of a feeling of how the songs were put together and the false starts and so on begin to look a bit more like the normal creative process which goes into making any piece of recorded music.
particularly good are the out takes of "love song", "dominoes" and "it is obvious" from the second album "barrett". unlike the album versions, these outakes feature syd and his guitar without any overdubs from his former band mates and they're all the better for it.
Another album "opel" was put together from (most of) the remaining out takes but there is nothing there (except perhaps "word song") which adds anything to the barrett canon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware - this release is copy protected by malware, 27 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: The Madcap Laughs / Barrett (Audio CD)
This is one of the EMI "Copy Controlled" releases that will install malware called a rootkit on your computer if you let it. Search Google for "EMI Copy Controlled" for more information.

If you want all the bonus tracks, you may be better off buying "the Crazy Diamond" boxset although I haven't got that myself and cannot say whether it is "Copy Controlled" or not.
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