Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Introducing Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett

Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett gets the retrospective treatment next week with the release of “An Introduction To Syd Barrett.”

Out October 11 (November 9 in the US, according to Executive Producer David Gilmour), “Introduction” is a brand new collection that brings together - for the first time - the tracks of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett on one compilation.

Gilmour worked with engineers Andy Jackson and Damon Iddins, who remixed five tracks, including “Octopus,” “She Took A Long Cool Look,” “Dominoes” and “Here I Go.” Gilmour added bass guitar to “Here I Go,” and the team have also remixed Floyd's “Matilda Mother.”

Brand new artwork has been provided by long time Floyd associate Storm Thorgerson and his studio. Check out the Storm’s work, review the booklet and listen to samples of all the songs here.

The compilation’s first 6 tracks are from Syd’s days with Floyd; the remainder are from his solo catalogue.
An Introduction To Syd Barrett (2010)

01. Arnold Layne (2010 Digital Remaster)
02. See Emily Play (2010 Digital Remaster)
03. Apples And Oranges (2010 Digital Remaster)
04. Matilda Mother (Alternative Version) (2010 Mix)
05. Chapter 24 (2010 Digital Remaster)
06. Bike (2010 Digital Remaster)
07. Terrapin (2010 Digital Remaster)
08. Love You (2010 Digital Remaster)
09. Dark Globe (2010 Digital Remaster)
10. Here I Go (2010 Remix)
11. Octopus (2010 Mix)
12. She Took A Long Cool Look (2010 Mix)
13. If It's In You (2010 Digital Remaster)
14. Baby Lemonade (2010 Digital Remaster)
15. Dominoes (2010 Mix)
16. Gigolo Aunt (2010 Digital Remaster)
17. Effervescing Elephant (2010 Digital Remaster)
18. Bob Dylan Blues (2010 Digital Remaster)

Bonus Download
01. Rhamadan (Instrumental)
Included in the package is a previously-unreleased 20-minute instrumental “Rhamadan,” mixed by Iddins and Jackson. Produced by former Floyd and Barrett co-manager Peter Jenner, the list of musicians is lost in the mists of time, though it's rumoured to include congas by Steve Peregrine Took of Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is to be offered as an extra downloadable track with the CD (via an auxiliary Website), and also the iTunes version of the album.

Syd was essential to developing the original Floyd sound and identity (he named the band), having teamed up with childhood friend Roger Waters and the rest of the band in 1964 when they were known as The Tea Set. By ’67, Floyd would release their debut, “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn,” considered by many as the finest psychedelic album ever made.

Depending on the source, psychedelics and/or mental health issues played a part in Syd’s downful, causing him to be let go by Floyd in the spring of ’68. Syd released two solo albums in 1970: “The Madcap Laughs” (co-produced by Waters and Gilmour) and “Barrett” (co-produced by Gilmour and Richard Wright).

Barrett went into self-imposed seclusion, eventually moving back home with his mother, where he worked on his paintings and in the garden. A diabetic, Syd passed away in July of 2006 at the age of 60, as a result of pancreatic cancer.

Pink Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd – Arnold Layne (1967)

Pink Floyd – See Emily Play (1967)

Syd Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett – Bob Dylan Blues (recorded 1970, originally released 2001)

Syd Barrett – Octopus (1970)