- Create your FREE Amazon Business account to save up to 10% with Business-only prices and free shipping.
The Madcap Laughs
|Listen Now with Amazon Music|
The Madcap Laughs
|Amazon Music Unlimited|
|New from||Used from|
Special offers and product promotions
Track List: 1. Terrapin 2. No Good Trying 3. Love You 4. No Man's Land 5. Dark Globe 6. Here I Go 7. Octopus 8. Golden Hair 9. Long Gone 10. She Took a Long Cold Look 11. Feel 12. If It's in You 13. Late Night
Having left Pink Floyd in 1968 after a daily LSD habit had taken its toll, Syd Barrett's first solo album finally appeared two years later with ex-Floyd sidekicks David Gilmour and Richard Wright riding shotgun with him in the studio. The Madcap Laughs is a brilliant but brittle album, with every strum of the electric guitar seeming to take its toll on Barrett's increasingly frayed nerve strings. On songs such as "Love You," his state of mind is well concealed beneath the sort of jolly jangle-pop Blur would later indulge in. On "Dark Globe," however, the strain is palpable: "Please lend a hand ... won't you miss me? Wouldn't you miss me at all?" he pleads, ominously. The best tracks are "Octopus," which possesses all the controlled mania of early Floyd, and "Golden Hair," a still moment of musical rapture whose lyric is taken from a James Joyce poem. --David Stubbs
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 4.94 x 0.45 inches; 3.35 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Capitol
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Capitol
- ASIN : B000007MVM
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #284,974 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
- Customer Reviews:
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This is a very iconic album cover - damn I wish I had the vinyl version. Syd famously painted the wooden floor of his Wetherby Mansions flat alternating orange and turquoise in preparation for the photo shoot. Additionally, he cleared out all furniture of his already spartan living conditions. The resulting photograph (by Storm Thorgerson who also designed other Floyd covers) beautifully reflects the descending twilight of a musical genius.
Accompanying Mr. Barrett on this album were musicians Robert Wyatt and Jerry Shirley from the Soft Machine (sans Kevin Ayers). Contractual restrictions prevented them from being listed in album notes (which are minimal). Syd plays some nice acoustic and electric as well, and I like the stripped down feel. But what stands out about the re-release of this album: the SIX bonus tracks of alternate takes. Take the inclusion of "No Good Trying" Take 5 for instance. Not the greatest of Syd's repertoire, but still a charming song with Syd wonderful vocally. But what I love especially is the studio chatter. The song starts and stops. Syd says "OK, I'll do it again." Then, you hear an exchange between Syd and the studio engineer who is posing a question. Syd answers "No. It's nice, jangly. Keep it there." Then you hear a heavy sigh before he starts anew. Music had become a chore, and yet Barrett continues in a beautifully clear and resonant voice. For further reference, all alternative takes and Syd's full output have long been collected in the extremely thorough bootleg "Have You Got It Yet?" Quality is very mixed, but there are some serious gems therein. A portion of the collection on vinyl is available right here on Amazon. (But it will cost you major bucks.)
So without any doubt, if you want to acquire "The Madcap Laughs" most definitely reach for this 2010 version.
By Abigail Sciuto on September 24, 2021
Top reviews from other countries
In the 1990s I went into a record store and sorted through the B's and asked at the counter where Syd Barrett was, and was told that they assumed that anyone who knew about him would already have his records. There was something magical about the gate-fold vinyl issue in 1970, and now that the original artwork is being used for the CD I feel it should arouse interest in any browser, as it did me at the time. My interest was in PF but my faith has always been in Barrett. This was for me the best album I had heard then or since. If only his Pink Flord mates had his gramophone record savvy.
The best track by some way is Terrapin. Can somebody tell me why the version I have on tape (from the radio?) is faster, punchier and generally much better than the one here?