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Relics [Original recording remastered]

Pink FloydAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Arnold Layne (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Interstellar Overdrive (1996 Digital Remaster) 9:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. See Emily Play (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. The Nile Song (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (August 6, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000002U0D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This compilation and "greatest hits" package has the odd distinction of being released well before the band hit its stadium-filling prime in the mid-to-late '70s. This album essentially bridges the considerable gap between original leader Syd Barrett's baroque psychedelic pop-single bent (exemplified here by the band's first chart hit "See Emily Play" and the cross-dressing mini-epic "Arnold Layne," both stellar singles left off the band's debut album) and the more ponderous musical pretensions of Roger Waters, the band's de facto leader after mental illness sidelined Barrett early on. It's a good introduction to the band's foundations for Floyd novices, and the inclusion of the early singles and two early outtakes ("Julia Dream" and "Biding My Time") make it a must for aficionados. --Jerry McCulley

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This collection of early Floyd singles and B-sides finally arrives on CD in the U.S. boasting a new remastering job, an expanded booklet with unseen photos, lyrics and new artwork from Storm Thorgerson and repeated doses of Syd Barrett brilliance. See Emily Play; Interstellar Overdrive; Careful with That Axe, Eugene; Arnold Layne; Remember a Day; The Nile Song; Cirrus Minor , and more.

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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd: The Early Years April 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Relics" is a collection of very early Pink Floyd singles and rare tracks, covering the band's first couple of years from 1967 to 1969. Consider it "Pink Floyd: The Early Years," if you like. Five tracks come from the group's first three albums: the classic, trippy instrumental "Interstellar Overdrive" and the half children's song/half freak-out number, "Bike" (both from "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn"), the breezy "Remember A Day" (from "A Saucerful Of Secrets"), and a pair of tunes from the "More" movie soundtrack: the eerie "Cirrus Minor," and the thunderous rocker, "The Nile Song." All superb stuff, but the main selling point of "Relics" are the six rare Floyd tracks that make up the remainder, such as the classic early singles "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play," both great little blasts of late-60's psychedelic pop, the jaunty "Paintbox," and the lovely, mysterious atmosphere of "Julia Dream." Also included is the original studio version of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene," an outstanding Floyd instrumental that's probably more famous in it's live version from the "Ummagumma" album. Although the live version of "Eugene" IS more monstrous and powerful, as the Floyd were able to slowly build it up and expand on it in concert, the slightly-faster studio version is nothing to sneeze at either, and the band give it a studio performance that's very impressive, skillful, and passionate. And finally, there is what is quite possibly the happiest, most upbeat song in the entire Pink Floyd catalog, "Biding My Time." Although the song starts out softly, before long the band turn it into a full-throttle jazz-rock rave-up, complete with horn section! Sounds to me like the Floyd had a grand ol' time in the studio when they recorded this number, and it shows. Love it! Pink Floyd's "Relics" may indeed be, as the album cover says, "a bizarre collection of antiques & curios," but oh, is it good. Floyd fans everywhere should definitely add this album to their collection.
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104 of 116 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The LP was better August 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm not going to comment much on the music; you've probably been able to gather that "Relics" contains five tracks from the first three Pink Floyd albums plus six non-album tracks from the same time period (1967-69). It's somewhat of an odd collection that I'd give 3-1/2 stars to for just the music.

HOWEVER...I'd like to point out some issues that none of the previous reviewers have mentioned. First, this CD has obvious audio defects. "Interstellar Overdrive" has at least five audio dropouts. "Paint Box" and "Julia Dream" each have a moment where one channel loses the high end. To add insult to injury, the track times printed on the CD seem to correspond to the "More" CD, not "Relics", and the booklet is a complete waste of paper that omits the minimal information (recording dates) from the original US LP.

I bought this CD to replace the LP, but in this case the LP was better. Capitol Records should be embarrassed.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unearth this Relic March 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
During the early days of Punk, Johnny Rotten was famed for his "I hate Pink Floyd" T-shirt. Ironically, the Sex Pistols tried to enlist the band's founder, the elusive Syd Barrett, to produce their first album. Why? Because the '67-era Floyd were every bit as groundbreaking as the Pistols were in '77.

Proof comes in the form of Relics, re-released as part of Capitol's remastering of the group's back catalog. A collection of singles and album tracks, this disc kicks off with three Barrett diamonds, "Arnold Layne," the awe-inspiring "Interstellar Overdrive," and "See Emily Play." Barrett's drug-induced psychological breakdown led to his replacement by David Gilmour in 1968, but not before he graced Rick Wright's "Remember a Day" with mournfully loopy slide guitar work.

Relics' Roger Waters-era highlights include "Cirrus Minor," "The Nile Song," and a personal favorite, "Careful With That Axe, Eugene." The disc closes with Barrett's "Bike," further proof that Syd wasn't like the rest of us anymore.

Relics surprises at every turn, mixing pop songcraft, avant-garde deconstructionism, and eerie melody. It's a much-needed boarding pass to a place few minds have dared journey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This bizarre collection of antiques and curios is responsible for getting me hooked on floyd. I remember getting it home and hearing "arnold layne had a strange hobby, collecting clothes, moonshine washing line..." then the riff of intersteller overdrive and I was totally blown away. I then listened to the rest of the album, mesmerised by such delights as the jazzy "Biding my time" and the crazy "Careful with that axe, Eugene". Relics is the perfect introduction to early pink floyd. If you haven't got into Floyd's music yet then you really need to and this seems like a good place to start. It has to be experienced. Their music is the point where artistic eclecticism meet large drug intakes to produce on-a-higher-level music. Relics is perfect for getting a feel for the band's massive inventiveness and great composing ability. All the tracks are from the sixties("Biding my time" has copyright from 1971 but was actually produced in july 1969). "Arnold layne" is the first single with witty lyrics that caused a bit of stir when it was released because many people saw it's transvestite subject matter as smutty, but as Syd Barrett said:"Arnold Layne just happens to dig dressing up in women's clothes, lots of people do so let's just face up to it...". The other Barrett-penned single, "See Emily Play" is pure pop genius with completely wired lyrics and a decidedly "toys-in-the-attic" harpsichord break. Two typically romantic Rick Wright songs lead into the oft-criticised "Julia dream", Roger's beautiful folk ballad that comes off perfectly (Nick did describe it as "f**king awful" but I disagree). "Careful with that axe, Eugene"(studio version) and the astounding "Biding my time" are timeless gems from the Floyd's consistantly unpredictable and brilliant catalog of madness and beauty. Read more ›
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