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An Introduction to Syd Barrett Original recording remastered

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2010 collection that brings together, for the first time, the tracks of Pink Floyd and solo Syd Barrett on one compilation. David Gilmour, who originally worked with Syd Barrett on the solo albums by co-producing The Madcap Laughs and as producer of Barrett has taken the role of executive producer for the album and has remixed five tracks including 'Octopus;, ;She Took A Long Cool Look;, 'Dominoes' and 'Here I Go', on which Gilmour has added and played bass guitar. Pink Floyd's 'Matilda Mother' also receives a fresh 2010 mix. Brand new artwork has been provided by Storm Thorgerson and his estimable studio.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Arnold Layne (2010 Digital Remaster) Pink Floyd 2:54
  2. See Emily Play (2010 Digital Remaster) Pink Floyd 2:52
  3. Apples And Oranges (2010 Digital Remaster) Pink Floyd 3:04
  4. Matilda Mother (Alternative Version) (2010 Mix) Pink Floyd 3:57
  5. Chapter 24 (2010 Digital Remaster) Pink Floyd 3:39
  6. Bike (2010 Digital Remaster) Pink Floyd 3:22
  7. Terrapin (2010 Digital Remaster) Syd Barrett 5:03
  8. Love You (2010 Digital Remaster) Syd Barrett 2:26
  9. Dark Globe (2010 Digital Remaster) Syd Barrett 1:59
  10. Here I Go (2010 Remix) Syd Barrett 3:18
  11. Octopus (2010 Mix) Syd Barrett 3:54
  12. She Took A Long Cool Look (2010 Mix) Syd Barrett 1:46
  13. If It's In You (2010 Digital Remaster) Syd Barrett 2:23
  14. Baby Lemonade (2010 Digital Remaster) Syd Barrett 4:07
  15. Dominoes (2010 Mix) Syd Barrett 4:05
  16. Gigolo Aunt (2010 Digital Remaster) Syd Barrett 5:43
  17. Effervescing Elephant (2010 Digital Remaster) Syd Barrett 1:51
  18. Bob Dylan Blues (2010 Digital Remaster) Syd Barrett 3:08


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B003YP7NAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Pen Name? VINE VOICE on November 9, 2010
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I have been looking forward to this new set for a while now, even though I've had all of Syd's 3 solo albums and his work with the Floyd. This whole package is very well done, with great new artwork from the studio of long-time Pink Floyd artwork designer, Storm Thorgerson. The insert includes all of the lyrics and some fun artwork. There's a nice photo of Syd with his cat and an acoustic guitar. It's a nicely designed package.
As for the track selection, I think it makes for a nice playlist. I believe it does well to cover all of the tracks which would have to be on such a compilation. The new remasters sound really great and the 5 tracks that are newly mixed, or re-mixed, are relatively subtle enhancements which tend to make the tracks sound fresh and a bit more vibrant. I am personally quite glad for the bit of variety to go alongside the older masters and original mixes.

The download to "Rhamadan" is also going to be a real treat for hardcore Barrett fans. I'm just getting into it, but it is really trippy and groove oriented, but with lots of playful weirdness. I had read that the track was pretty much a sprawling shambles, but it sounds to me fairly structured... for the most part. But this is the kind of rarity that I think so many Floyd fans, like myself, wishes there were more of to be unearthed. If you like the extended, Interstellar style jams of the early Floyd, you will likely be up for the journey of listening to "Rhamadan" (though it is nowhere near the classic of a track like Interstellar Overdrive itself.)

My only complaint, I suppose, is that this would have made a great chance to officially release "Vegetable Man." Ah well...
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We could talk all day about what tracks should or should not have been included in this collection which is intended to introduce someone to the masterful work of a sick genius. I like many others need no introduction as I'm a die-hard Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett fan. I got this package to see what the new mixes would sound like especially the version of Matilda Mother included here.

The first thing I did was rip the entire contents to the hard drive to examine the wave file format in audio editing software. Thankfully none of these songs have been "brickwalled." It has not fallen prey to the loudness war. This was surprising and very good news. The 2010 mixes sound excellent and I'm picking up detail I haven't heard since the original vinyl releases or the 2007 remaster of Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Bravo to all involved in the creation of this sonic masterpiece. One can only hope Gilmour will go back and remaster the rest of Syd's materiel using the same standards and release it soon.

More on the loudness war for those not in the know.
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No doubt Syd Barrett was a brilliant, one-of-a-kind musician. During Pink Floyd's earliest years, when Barrett wrote most of the tunes, they made some truly magical music. Their debut album, released in 1967, represents the zenith of Barrett's output so I recommend picking that one up first if you're a newbe. Assuming PIPER wins you over (and it should!), then by all means go ahead and explore his solo work if you're so inclined.

To my mind, THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN is the all-time quintessential pyschedelic album. The Beatles' SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, also released in '67, usually takes most of the credit, but in terms of pure psychedelia PIPER makes PEPPER look like child's play. Every song on PIPER is mind-blowingly good, a real trip, and much of it rocks harder than PEPPER too, although it's also often whimsical and occasionally rather twee as well (but certainly not in a bad way as I see it!). The album oozes creativity. If you're familiar with the more widely known side of Pink Floyd (DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, THE WALL) but not their early stuff, definitely do yourself a favor and check it out. The Syd Barrett version is almost like a completely different band from what they would later become.

As for this release, I agree with those who feel the public would be far better served by a compilation of remastered rarities, many of which are excellent. However, this collection DOES sound great and the 2010 remixes are worth having for the Floyd fan who doesn't have to deal with a tight budget. It's also cool that the CD booklet contains the lyrics to each song and the artwork is pretty cool too.
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Jeez! I hardly know where to begin. I appreciate that this is the first Syd Barrett compilation that includes both his solo work and some of his work in the Pink Floyd, but some fresh material would have nice.

It's not like there aren't unreleased tracks: This would have been the PERFECT place to put the demo tapes of "In The Beechwoods" and (maybe) "She's A Millionaire", the Jenner mixes of "Scream Thy Last Scream" and "Vegetable Man", the Pink Floyd BBC performances from 67-68 with Syd... but NOOOOO! We get Gilmore belatedly laying new bass tracks on a 40-year old track and remixing some other existing tracks. Not to say that some of these tracks couldn't have used some smoothing out prior to their original release, but the warts 'n all nature of "Opel" and the Peel BBC sessions are part of their charm...

Supposedly, if you buy this CD, you can download an MP3 of Syd's "Ramadan" a 'lost track' from the "Madcap Laughs" sessions, but I see NO mention of this in the product description-- the *only* really 'previously unreleased' track associated with the whole CD; but previous descriptions of that track by the few who have heard it indicate that it's little more than an extended rhythm/drum composition, not a "song" with a tune or lyrics. However, that requires one to have a CD driver/player, more and more computers (like the one I'm writing this from) don't *have* a CD Drive.

The cover is credited to Storm Studios, which I can only presume is Storm Thorgerson. It's pretty lame. I don't know who did the booklet paintings, but they aren't done by Syd, which makes one wonder what the Hell they're doing here.
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