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Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: 5553953197
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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By A Customer on 28 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
syd barrett is the lost genius behind the first pink floyd album and one of the most original recording artists of the late sixties. as a lyricist, he is without peer, his words never fail to strike a chord and are more poetry than song. this album represents a selection from his output recorded after leaving the floyd. syd was apparently not in good mental health at the time and many of the tracks here are unfinished but no less beautiful for all that.
syd is (did you guess?)one of my heroes, so why the low rating? Well, this is an odd collection which omits some of his best songs whilst including some weaker ones (swan lee, for example) and i would advise buyers to go for either the double cd of the original two solo albums ("the madcap laughs" and "barrett") or the triple cd which couples the afore mentioned with the out takes album "opel" (there's not much to write home about on opel). BUT this album is doubly annoying because it includes the reputedly excellent and long lost track "bob dylans blues" which has never been released before and which i have never heard. AND THAT MEANS I WILL PROBABLY BUY IT AND I HATE THAT!!!
cleverer people than me might be advised to hang back on that though because there apparently exist a few more lost tracks (not to mention the unreleased floyd tracks) and these are bound to come out on another collection soon.
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I bought this compilation after watching a fascinating documentary about Syd in late 2001. There's a searing intensity to songs such as 'Long Gone', 'No Good Trying' and 'Baby Lemonade' that the Floyd could never match even at the height of their powers. At the same time the charming 'Here I Go' and the playful 'Effervescing Elephant' reveal the lighter side of Syd's character.
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...a new decade, another repackage. thankfully, the sleeve notes are up to snuff and the research is well done. the selections are the right ones, but as others have stated, the absence of that last fabled missing track, 'living alone', currently in the hands of one david gilmour and the lack of the unreleased pink floyd era 'vegetable man' and 'scream thy last scream' leave us waiting for something a bit more authorative. a nice companion to palacios' 'lost in the woods', though. and if you have never dug into the man's music, now is the time.
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This Album Contains the best tracks from Syd,s 2 studio albums "Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett" and outakes album "Opel" And the up to now regarded as a myth track "Bob Dylans Blues". Really not his best song but.. its "fresh" material so you got to have it !! This Best-of Album is definitly the Syd record which is the best buy!!
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By A Customer on 26 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is indeed a great selection of Syd Barrett's solo material, and if you buy one Barrett album this is it.
However, his best work is what he did with Pink Floyd on their early singles and "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" album. The ideal Syd Barrett tribute would include some of this material, as well as the unreleased gems "Vegetable Man" and "Scream Thy Last Scream". Those two tracks are far more interesting than the only previously unknown track included here.
Still, the music is good but this compilation could have been better.
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