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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...
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A few older Floyd songs, and then some strange Syd compositions. Glad I bought it, but doubt this CD will receive more than 10 plays in my lifetime.Published 7 months ago by Greg
A big deal has been made about the mythical Syd Barrett even though he only contributed to one Pink Floyd album. Read morePublished 13 months ago by That guy
I am really enjoying this compilation of Syd Barrett's music, which includes both solo work and songs with Pink Floyd. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Detour
If you enjoy the original/early "The Pink Floyd", you will love this. If you are fixated on the albums Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, do not waste your money. Read morePublished 20 months ago by HLBAUM
A very good collection compiling Barrett's best work with Pink Floyd and during his breif solo career at the end of the 1960s and early into the 1970s. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Justin Thompson
syd's songs have captured thousands of hearts and minds, maybe millions. i wonder if he knew nick drake or danny kirwan. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer