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  • Vinyl (July 8, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino/Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00JGCINJS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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1. Opel
2. Clowns & Jugglers
3. Rats
4. Golden Hair (Vocal Version)
5. Dolly Rocker
6. Word Song
7. Wined And Dined
8. Swan Lee (Silas Lang)
9. Birdie Hop
10. Let's Split
11. Lanky (Part One)
12. Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe)
13. Milky Way
14. Golden Hair (Instrumental)

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The compilation album Opel featured the unreleased material and alternate takes of recordings from sessions for Barrett's solo albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett.

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Great Album, casual listeners won't like it.
Petey Boy
There is a childlike purity to this work that defies proper description.
kennedy19
Sometimes it makes me feel good, sometimes it makes me feel sad.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By kennedy19 on May 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Syd Barrett will justly celebrate this collection of outtakes and previously unreleased recordings, culled from the last few years of Barrett's brief creative career. Known for his querly songwriting in Pink Floyd, this collection finds Barrett less self-consciously trying to wrestle a psychedelic vision, and just letting his inner world flow out. Syd's playing is often clumsy, but never insincere in these uncompromising yet good-humored numbers. The sound quality is excellent and pared-down, often merely Syd and his guitar feeling his way through the new material (though there are some fascinating experiments like the murky basses on "Swan Lee" and the vibraphone instrumental version of "Golden Hair.") It gives me chills to hear his quiet, accented voice gently intoning a series of random words on "Word Song" - some of them ("glaucous") quite nonsensical. There is a childlike purity to this work that defies proper description. For those who prefer stream of consciousness, visionary work to radio pandering, you will not want to miss this. Fans of Barrett's other solo work will enjoy the intimacy of this inclusion to the canon.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Ulibas VINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Opel is a collection of unreleased recordings from Syd Barrett, they're either demos, alternate versions or unfinished tracks. Syd was one strange dude and very unperdictable. He would wander into the studio and start playing and would quit without warning. While he was in the studio, the backing members of Soft Machine would hang around and try to play along. But Syd would change chords or notes so often that it became virtually impossible to keep up with him. A collection of Syd Barrett's material was released a few years ago and it uses tracks from all three albums, a definitive collection of music world's most eccentric individual.

Recommended for psychedelic music fans.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stendhal Johnny on September 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's sad to me to read some of these reviews that long for "what could have been" with Syd Barrett. The man was little off and that's what made his music, his singing and his lyrics so great and original. If he'd been like the other glam-pop acts of the seventies, he would've just written shallow overproduced radio cotton candy crap that melts in your brain as soon you hear it and sticks, not because it's sincere, but just because it's intentionally catchy, and ultimately without much heart and soul. That is one thing that Barrett had in spades without really seeming to try, yet very evidently paying for it. Listen to the end of the title track "I'm trying to find you," repeated over and over and tell me you don't feel his sincerity and anguish. I've listened to a lot of music in my days, and I don't hear that kind of heart anywhere. Barrett pours out his soul and it makes you want to cry for him, for yourself for the whole bloody doomed race of man. He remains one of the most original singer-songwriter, artist, musician, mystery, tragedy whatever you want to call him and he's always a consideration in my mind. Opel is a great collection of rough tracks - the best way to hear any musician - with great gems like Clowns and Jugglers (aka Octopus); Rats; Wouldn't You Miss Me (a thorazine-laden version of Dark Globe); and Milky Way. Also on this collection are just plain weird songs like Dolly Rocker, Word Song and Birdie Hop. "Birdie hop, he do, he hop along." That always makes me bust out laughing. You're only as mad as you don't realize. Maybe Barrett wasn't so crazy after all. Maybe he just had real artistic integrity.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Adam Rickards on October 30, 2003
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The collection "Opel" was released in the late 1980s and consists mostly of outtakes from Barrett's two solo albums as well as a few alternate takes. Most of the tracks had not even seen the light of day for years before their release, and the fact that Syd had this many songs left is really quite surprising considering that he only recorded two albums during his solo career.
First off, I am a huge Syd Barrett fan (see my reviews of his other albums for proof of this), but I feel that this outtakes collection is extremely inconsistent. Many of these songs weren't finished at the time of recording, and it shows as Syd fumbles through a few of them. "Opel," despite being the long-lost cult classic, is a great song in theory, but it just goes on for way too long while Syd fumbles around aimlessly with the chord progression. Some of the lyrics are very chilling and evocative, but overall this isn't his best work. "Clowns and Jugglers" (aka "Octopus"), presented in a slightly faster electric version here (again featuring the Soft Machine on backup) is just plain painful to listen to. The overdub-less version of "Rats" is interesting, but still doesn't represent Syd at his best. "Let's Split" starts off really well, but falls apart somewhere in the middle, "Birdie Hop" is embarrassing, while "Word Song" just doesn't do it for me.
Most of the songs that I just mentioned are the only real "rocky" spots on the album that warrant skipping, everything else should be smooth listening from here on.
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