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  • Audio CD (16 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005ABWV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Octopus (2001 Digital Remaster)
  2. Late Night (2001 Digital Remaster)
  3. Terrapin (2001 Digital Remaster)
  4. Swan Lee (Silas Lang) (2001 Digital Remaster)
  5. Wolfpack (2001 Digital Remaster)
  6. Golden Hair (2001 Digital Remaster)
  7. Here I Go (2001 Digital Remaster)
  8. Long Gone (2001 Digital Remaster)
  9. No Good Trying (2001 Digital Remaster)
  10. Opel (2001 Digital Remaster)
  11. Baby Lemonade (2001 Digital Remaster)
  12. Gigolo Aunt (2001 Digital Remaster)
  13. Dominoes (2001 Digital Remaster)
  14. Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe) (2001 Digital Remaster)
  15. Wined And Dined (2001 Digital Remaster)
  16. Effervescing Elephant (2001 Digital Remaster)
  17. Waving My Arms In The Air (2001 Digital Remaster)
  18. I Never Lied To You (2001 Digital Remaster)
  19. Love Song (2001 Digital Remaster)
  20. Two Of A Kind (2001 Digital Remaster)
  21. Bob Dylan Blues
  22. Golden Hair (Instrumental) (2001 Digital Remaster)

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BARRET SYD

BBC Review

Syd Barrett is probably more talked about than listened to these days, though he remains a seminal influence on British indie psychedelia and countless of wannabe Pipers at the Gates of Dawn. This compilation brings together most of the material from his two official Harvest albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, plus a few tracks from the outtakes collection Opel. There's little of the acid fuelled guitar abuse that drove Barrett's contribution to Pink Floyd's first album, and whereas Barrett-penned Floyd singles like "See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne" had been superbly assured slices of Brit psychedelia, here the songs are looser and more exploratory. Barrett (along with Ray Davies and Robert Wyatt) was one of the first singers to give English rock a uniquely un-American voice, and his lyrics here owe much to a literary tradition that takes in Edward Lear, William Blake and Hilaire Belloc. Surrealism, pastoral whimsy and a strain of bedsit melancholia run through many of the songs here, and again a peculiarly English obsession with wordplay (see "Octopus" for details).

Though some of the performances (particularly those drawn from Opel) show evidence of Syd's well documented instability, the songs themselves are sharply honed and transcend their sometimes erratic delivery. "Baby Lemonade" and "Gigolo Aunt" are as catchy as Legionnaire's disease and show that Syd's talent for writing great pop songs hadn't died with the Floyd's "Apples and Oranges", while "Dominoes" is exquisitely melancholic. Completists will want this set for the previously unavailable "Bob Dylan Blues" (appropriate in the year of Bob's 60th birthday and containing the immortal lines; 'I've got the Bob Dylan Blues My hair and my hat's in a mess But I don't give a damn about that'), and for others it's a good place to start. --Peter Marsh

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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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Old songs for modern ears, but nostagia for the era of Illuminaties! A must for blasés of "techno" music ! Enjoy and sing simple and beautiful written songs with him!
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Great songs on here from the unforgotten genius (for that it precisely what he was) but I can't help but feel that it should have included his work with the early Pink Floyd, which was much more 'accessable' and better to boot. The solo material on here is ideal for anyone interested in Barrett's post-Pink recordings, but it also festures the previously unreleased 'Bob Dylan Blues' and the hard-to-come-by 'Two Of A Kind', making it rewarding for the legions of his dedicated fans (i.e. Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Johnny Marr - nuff said.)

Listening to his songs is quite sad, considering what happened to him and the state he was in, and, of course, his recent death gives songs such such as 'Dark Globe' an added poignancy. The more coherent tracks, such as 'Octopus' and 'Here I Go' are remniscient of his earlier days, and the sublime 'Dominoes' even allows two of his former bandmates, David Gilmour and Rick Wright, two of his (unsalaried) session musicians, finish the song off on there own.

Syd Barrett may not be to everyone's liking, but he is definitely worth checking out.
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By A Customer on 26 April 2001
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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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