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Syd Barrett

Posted: 04 Oct 2018, 17:36
by Moritz
I'm an avid Pink Floyd listener since quite a time, but I never had real contact with Syd Barrett as a solo artist. I just read that he was a key influence for Blur. Did they ever mentioned any closer songs or an album? What could be a good start to listen to him?

Re: Syd Barrett

Posted: 05 Oct 2018, 17:06
by TristramShandy
Moritz wrote:Did they ever mentioned any closer songs or an album?
I think, though not sure, that one of the B-sides of Leisure (was that Berserk? an instrumental one in any case...) was described by Graham as a kind of mash-up of Barretty guitar tricks.

As for Barrett's albums, there are just two of them: The Madcap Laughs, and Barrett, both published in 1970. I own both but don't have a particular preference, they're both grand albums to me.

Re: Syd Barrett

Posted: 05 Oct 2018, 22:28
by Moritz
Yes, that's interesting. I've just found out that Graham described Berserk as a mesh up of No Good Trying, No Man's Land, Baby Lemonade, and Late Night. Now I'm very animated and I will try to check the albums out soon.

Re: Syd Barrett

Posted: 12 Oct 2018, 04:23
by Mallard No. 22
I recommend listening to the early Pink Floyd releases, i.e. the hit singles 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play', and the album 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' (all 1967).

These are the best introduction to Syd Barrett. The two solo albums are less commercial - though as TristramShandy suggests, they are quite consistent.

Re: Syd Barrett

Posted: 15 Oct 2018, 18:55
by kevoutus
If you’ve already heard Piper, I’d recommend ‘Barrett’ first then ‘Madcap Laughs’ then ‘Opel’. Some material is rough and unfinished but some absolute genius in there. ‘An Introduction To Syd Barrett’ is a good compilation with some good remixes of some solo stuff.

Re: Syd Barrett

Posted: 18 Oct 2018, 21:32
by Mallard No. 22
I must admit I prefer 'Piper' to the two Syd solo albums.

Re: Syd Barrett

Posted: 14 Jan 2019, 17:20
by Styopa
I've been listening to Syd a lot recently. There's quite a big difference between his work with Pink Floyd and his solo stuff. The Pink Floyd stuff is very psychedelic but also (the singles at least) quite poppy, with quite a produced sound, whereas his solo stuff is much more low key, much less produced and probably more eccentric. There's quite a good intro to his work imaginatively titled an Introduction to Syd Barrett which includes 6 songs from his Pink Floyd days and 13 tracks from his solo albums - not a bad place to start. It includes the Pink Floyd single Apples & Oranges which is often overlooked but may be the best of the 3 singles he released with Floyd. Octopus, which I believe was his only solo single, is also on there - a relly good, catchy song with some excellent lyrics.