Tuesday, November 11, 2008

by Peter

Syd Barrett, the founder of Pink Floyd got a lot of credits in the early years of Pink Floyds existing. But Barrett left (or was forced to leave due to his drugs addiction). But his old band mates never let him down that much. Both solo albums contain contributions of several Pink Floyd (and Soft Machine) members.

Anyone who loves Nick Drake, John Martyn (his early folk work), Roky Erickson or Roy Harper will love the two amazing solo albums. Both come in extended versions with a lot of extra tracks. Don't expect any folk songs. The songs seem to hang in between psychedelica and folk songs.

Opel was the original lp with left overs from the Barrett and Madcap sessions and is extended with more extra tracks.

The 5 song John Peel Session does not add a lot to it but it's nice enough for those who need more.

Magnesium Proverbs is a bootleg with singles and takes from Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett solo. Quality is not always good so it is mostly a listen for the diehard Syd Barrett fans.

The Madcap Laughs (1970)

Barrett (1970)


John Peel Sessions (Dec 24, 1970)

Magnesium Proverbs

And for those who can't get enough of Syd Barrett, here is the full last recording session of Syd Barrett in 1974.

Last Recording Session (Aug 12, 1974)




Blogger ericbkk said...

Thanks for some obscure Syd, Peter.

Here's a BBC Radio 2 Syd documentary which was broadcast last year to mark the first anniversary of his passing.

The Thing about Syd

Presented by Mark Radcliffe

A year on from Syd Barrett’s death, this documentary explores the life, music, influence and legacy of one of the lost souls of British rock music.
From the early beginnings of Pink Floyd and Barrett’s contribution to their pioneering brand of psychedelic pop to the consequences of his exploration of drugs that set Barrett on a tragic path away from the band to a solo career and eventually life as a virtual recluse.
The programme comes up to date with an exploration of Barrett’s passing and the fulsome tributes in the media with comments from editors and journalists about what made Barrett so special when his entire recorded output is just 3 albums.
The programme features new interviews with members of Pink Floyd, manager Peter Jenner, Andrew Male assistant editor of Mojo, Allan Jones editor of Uncut and Barrett's sister Rosemary.


56 min. @ 64 Kbps.


11 November, 2008 19:03  
Anonymous Chrille said...

Hi Peter! Thank you for this post :) I´m enjoying Opel right now, only had Syd Barrett And The Madcap Laughs in my collection. Once again, thanks!


11 November, 2008 21:40  
Blogger peter said...

Hi guys

The BBC is interesting. I was listening to Barrett today and then some Roky Erickson... anyone wants that? I have several here.


Btw... the Eric Andersen cd's are also excellent... but I am totally addicted to Roy Harper...

12 November, 2008 00:00  
Blogger ((((((((ö)))))))) said...

Thanks for this. Syd/Roger was a great artist is the Romantic sense, a total approach to life rather than an occupation.
My oldest son, Silas, is named after Swan Lee.
The spirit lives on.

12 November, 2008 01:39  

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