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An Introduction to Syd Barrett

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Syd Barrett was the first genius to emerge from Pink Floyd and the first to crack from the strain of success and unusually large amounts of LSD. His sense of whimsy, his lyrical flights of fancy, and the unforeseen chord structures made his music a singular achievement. Psychedelic folk-rock for the people. This collection is the first to combine his early work with Pink Floyd with his solo recordings. “Arnold Layne” sounds as desperate as ever. “See Emily Play” wanders off the playground in search of the lost chord. Band-mate and producer David Gilmour remixed five of the tracks for stronger effect, but it’s not disconcerting to ears that have grown up on the original vinyl releases. There is simply too much wonderful music here to go wrong. “Bike,” “Terrapin,” “She Took a Long Cool Look,” “Baby Lemonade,” “Gigolo Aunt” and the twenty-minute “Rhamadan” make for a fantastic overview of a man who left the creative world far too soon. Barrett was a musical iconoclast, plain and simple. Here is the proof.

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Amazing!!!!!

Been listening to music for a long time, (big deal, right?), and can't believe it took this long to get turned on to his music. Whenever I heard the Floyd talk about him it seemed as if he was this poor invalid who went totally crazy. What a crock! I think he left the music biz because He was pushed out. A lot of us did a ton of acid and we're still rockin'. Anyway, his Floyd songs were wonderful and so far ahead of their time that they still can't be caught. His solo work cuts right through. Love that Bob Dylan tune. It amazes me that the Floyd didn't get him through, in fact, it pisses me off! A talent such as he only comes around the corner a very very few times. Wow!!

BESTSINGEREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Syd Barrett is my all time favorite singer. this is truly an amazing collection of his work .see emily play was a top ten hit in 1967. if you don't have any thing by syd barrett or pink floyd when he was still the lead singer this or the piper at the gates of dawn is the place to start.

Biography

Born: January 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Like a supernova, Roger "Syd" Barrett burned briefly and brightly, leaving an indelible mark upon psychedelic and progressive rock as the founder and original singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd. He was responsible for most of their brilliant first album, 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, but left and/or was fired from the band in early 1968 after his erratic behavior had made him too difficult to deal with; Pink Floyd never recaptured the playful humor and mad energy of their...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock, Psychedelic
  • Released: Oct 11, 2010

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