Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pink Flyod / 1967

Check out the psychedelic sounds of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd by listening to Early Singles and The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. The one track that you must download most is Floyd's second single "See Emily Play" (b/w Scarecrow).

Released in 1967 at the Sound Techniques Studio in Chelsea, "See Emily Play" was a Barrett masterstroke-a cosmic fireball full of psychedelic flash points and kinetic energy. The track was included on the US The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, but was left off the UK release in favor of "Astronomy Domine". ("See Emily Play" was originally called "Games for May")

It was during the sessions for “Emily” that David Gilmour has said, "I'll go on record as saying, that was when he changed." Gilmour was invited to the studio by Barrett but when he arrived, Syd had a different personality and didn't even recognize Gilmour. As many of you out there know, Barrett’s troubled acid visions drove him to severe mental illness and was kicked out of the band during Pink Floyd's second album A Saucerful of Secrets.

Side A: "See Emily Play"
Side B: "Scarecrow"

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