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The Madcap Laughs / Barrett Extra tracks
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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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This is one of the EMI "Copy Controlled" releases that will install malware called a rootkit on your computer if you let it. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2009 by TooOldToRnR
Oh!They don't make them like this anymore,the typically English eccentric,Syd was unique as these two albums show,. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2008 by Finbar the looney