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The Madcap Laughs

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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

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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

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  • 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
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album is amazing any Pink Floyd fan should listen to it.
By Abigail Sciuto on September 24, 2021
What Syd Barrett means to me after the departure of Roger Keith Barrett.(Syd's first indelible mark upon popular music came in The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, It's a great album, especially the big rave-up Interstellar Overdrive. But it's only in Bike, that we get the first intimation of Roger Keith Barrett (Syd sure generis,His guitar playing was trebly, raga-influenced, more like Eric Dolphy than Eric Clapton.Syd's legend, however, rests upon the songwriting, particularly in the naked, heartbroken acoustic odes of his solo albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett. The secondhand accounts of these recording sessions are well-known:And yet listen to any of these recordings! Despite the rumor of aggrieved mental illness, on songs like Wouldn't You Miss Me, Rats, Long Gone, Wined and Dine, or the almost painfully luminous Golden Hair, There are only a few writers who have the courage to attempt such fearlessness. May he rest more peaceably in death than he was able to in his astonishing work. He inspired me to be a musician writer Drawing painting. His music legacy will inspire generations to come 🎸🎶
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