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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Syd Barrett 1974 Sessions (Finished)


Many people, including this blog, refer to the 1974 sessions as some exercise in futility. As someone who does multi-track recordings frequently, upon further inspection, I found them to be a solid foundation to edit together into a cohesive unit. I added a few layers of bass and drums and ended up with this amazing recording. Why we continue to get the story that these were a complete waste of time is beyond me.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcrbdzoSbwY

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Meatball Fulton Syd Barrett Interview Analyzed

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
This is an analysis of the Syd Barrett Interview by Meatball Fulton from London, August, 1967. This Interview has been misclassified by many as "stoned gibberish". I think that classification is incorrect. To me, Syd sounds pretty lucid and is trying to answer Fulton's off-the-wall questions as best he can.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
The Interview starts out with Syd talking about his art and uses painting as an example. He states that his desire to paint came out of a very genuine desire to paint within him. Then, this desire was identified and he went into Art School and he speaks about his Teachers "altering" his critical thinking about painting. This is called: Education.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Syd states that he painted a picture "the other day" and he could hear "quite clearly", in his internal dialog, criticisms and instructions that he could relate back to Art School. Then he speaks about his music career as possibly a "very valuable break" where he can leverage *that* experience against his painting talent and education to try and improve his painting. It's quite interesting about how he refers to his music career as a "break" from painting that he plans to resume.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Then Meatball Fulton asks him if he ever gets "frightened" by the observation that the world is made up of various "systems" that change the way one thinks when one learns them. This is a pretty off-the-wall fooking question! But Syd does his best to answer it.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Syd says that it bothers him a bit, like Meatball. But he relates back to Art School by referencing his painting again and states that it was "quite enjoyable" to assimilate *that* system of knowledge (painting technique) and that he wanted to hold onto that enjoyment while assimilating new systems (business, money, music, film, etc, etc...).

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Then Meatball asks him: "Do you find yourself in patterns and constantly repeating the same patterns over and over?" Another off-the-fooking-wall question! Syd does what anybody would probably do when asked such a question; he goes "huh!" and says nothing more. Then Fulton asks him what he is working on at the moment that is inside himself (???!) and Syd says: "Yeah, I can't really say..."

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Then Fulton asks him: "Do you often observe people and think that you could tell them something about themselves that they don't know?" Syd is fumbling for words because it's such an off-the-fooking-wall question. Then he says that talking is not as important as "sensing" people and much of the time that "sense" about somebody can't be adequately put into words and that's cool with him. Again, I think that this is a coherent answer to an off-the-fooking-wall question.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Then it gets uncomfortable when Fulton asks him "what do you 'sense' about me?" Syd sees it for what it is; a loaded question and one can tell that he doesn't want to answer. Meatball says: "Really be honest.' Syd says maybe the strangest thing is "meeting you at all" in an attempt to steer the conversation back into less confrontational grounds. But Fulton keeps at it and says that he can "edit out" anything bad and that he has all this professional etiquette and he has "done this a few times."

My take, on careful listening to this Interview, is that it is not "proof" that Syd Barrett was going mad. I really think that Syd tried to answer this guy's stupid questions as best that he could.





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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pink Floyd Vegetable Man

Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Vegetable Man was a song recorded from 9–11 October, 1967 Pink Floyd Sessions. The song was an attempt to record a follow-up single to "See Emily Play", as well as the beginning of sessions for the album which would eventually become A Saucerful of Secrets. Among the songs considered were "Paint Box", "Scream Thy Last Scream", "Jugband Blues" and "Apples and Oranges". "Vegetable Man" was scheduled for release, as the B-side to "Scream Thy Last Scream", but cancelled and both tracks remain unreleased but nevertheless have appeared on uncountable bootlegs 


Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
To be fully understood, Vegetable Man, and Syd's swan song - Jugband Blues, must be viewed as satire. At the time Syd was under a lot of pressure to write another "catchy" follow-up to See Emily Play. Legend has it that he needed another song for the session and stooped by Peter Jenner's house and penned a darkly satirical description of himself which described his yellow shoes, blue velvet trousers and bad hair cut, finishing with "It’s what I wear, it’s what you see. It must be me, it’s what I am, Vegetable man. I’ve been looking all over the place for a place for me, but it ain’t anywhere, it just ain’t anywhere. Vegetable Man." 


Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Peter Jenner: "It was really stressful waiting for Syd to come up with the songs for the second album. Everybody was looking at him and he couldn't do it. The last Floyd song Syd wrote, 'Vegetable Man', was done for those sessions, though it never came out. Syd was around at my house just before he had to go to record and, because a song was needed, he just wrote a description of what he was wearing at the time and threw in a chorus that went 'Vegetable man - where are you?' It's very disturbing. Roger took it off the album because it was too dark, and it is. It's like psychological flashing."


Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
In Vegetable Man, Barrett describes his alienation from the Pop Culture and civilization in general. Really? He is describing the "Bell Jar" descending upon his consciousness, or the beginnings of his mental illness. Jugband Blues is the complimentary song to Vegetable Man and describes the "Bell Jar" fully descended.

Peter Jenner wishes the song was released: "I always thought they should be put out, so I let my copies be heard. I knew that Roger would never let them out, or Dave. They somehow felt they were a bit indecent, like putting out nude pictures of a famous actress: it just wasn't cricket. But I thought they were good songs and great pieces of art. They're disturbing, and not a lot of fun, but they're some of Syd's finest work – though God knows, I wouldn't wish anyone to go through what he's gone through to get to those songs. They're like Van Gogh."


syd barrett-vegetable man by bobstinson

Pink Floyd Vegetable Man

In yellow shoes I get the blues
Though I walk the streets with my plastic feet
With my blue velvet trousers, make me feel pink
There's a kind of stink about blue velvet trousers
In my paisley shirt I look a jerk
And my turquoise waistcoat is quite out of sight 
But oh oh my haircut looks so bad 
Vegetable man how are you? 

So I've changed my gear, and I find my knees, 
And I covered them up with the latest cut, 
And my pants and socks all point in a box, 
They don't make long of my nylon socks, 
The watch, black watch 
My watch with a black face 
And a big pin, a little hole, 
And all the lot is what I got, 
It's what I wear, it's what you see, 
It must be me, it's what I am, 
Vegetable man. 

I've been looking all over the place for a place for me, 
But it ain't anywhere, it just ain't anywhere. 
Vegetable man, vegetable man, 
He's the kind of person, you just gonna see him if you can, 
Vegetable Man.


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pink Floyd See Emily Play

See Emily Play
See Emily Play
See Emily Play" is Pink Floyd's second single, this 1967 tune was written by Syd Barrett and was originally titled “Games for May,” after a free concert where the group performed. Recorded on 23 May 1967, it featured "The Scarecrow" as its B-side. Though it was initially released as a non-album single, the song appeared on the Tower edition of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). Long-time Barrett fan John Peel rated the song highly. "It is one of my favourites from that time,' he said. 'I wish they had written a song about me. Syd was a great talent and at one time I was even going to record an album of his lyrics, but when I heard myself reading them I decided to abort the project."


See Emily Play
See Emily Play
It's said to be about Sculptor Emily Young. While at Holland Park School in 1966, she became a regular at the nearby London Free School night sessions around the Notting Hill area, which brought her into contact with many in the UK Underground. Here, Ms. Young talks about the London Free School, "I used to go there because there were a lot of Beat philosophers and poets around," she says. "There were fundraising concerts with The Pink Floyd Sound, as they were then called. I was more keen on poets than rockers. I was educating myself. I was a seeker. I wanted to meet everyone and take every drug."


See Emily Play
See Emily Play
The details as to the recording remain shrouded in mystery due to the lack of paperwork in the EMI archive. Engineer Jeff Jarrett recalls that "See Emily Play" was recorded in a much longer form which was then edited down for the single release. It was recorded at Sound Techniques studios on 21 May 1967. Barrett did the slide guitar work on this song with a Zippo lighter.


See Emily Play
See Emily Play
There was much trickery involved in the recording with backward tapes, much use of echo and reverb, and the first piano bridge between the first chorus and second verse was recorded at a slow pace then sped up for the final master. The four-track master tape was wiped or misplaced. It no longer exists and has never been mixed into true stereo; it was reprocessed for fake stereo on the 1971 Relics compilation. The US single (Tower 356) was released by Tower Records three times between July 1967 and late 1968. Each time it failed to duplicate its UK success.


See Emily Play
See Emily Play
Barrett, reportedly, was not happy with the final studio cut. He protested against its release, which producer Norman Smith speculated was based on his fear of commercialism. It was during sessions for the song that David Gilmour became a frequent visitor to the studio, and although being invited by Barrett, was shocked by the perceived changes in Barrett's personality when he did not appear to recognize him. For many years Gilmour would recall this, saying, "I don't know at quite at what point Syd started to go very strange, but I know I came back from France and I called Syd up while I was there and he said why don't I come down they were doing a recording session and he told me the studio. And I went down to the studio and he didn't even recognize me, and that was when - the day they were making 'See Emily Play'"


See Emily Play
See Emily Play
Part of the vocal melody was played on a Mini Moog at the very end of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)" at the end of Wish You Were Here, as a tribute to Barrett. It later appeared on the compilations Relics (1971), Works (1983), Shine On (1992), Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 40th Anniversary Edition (2007), and on A Foot in the Door – The Best of Pink Floyd (2011). The song was also included on the Barrett retrospective, An Introduction to Syd Barrett (2010). In 2014 it was a Record Store Day product packaged with a Columbia range bag with a 7” 4 panel booklet / poster (i.e. like a 7” booklet with one single piece of paper folded) / backer card.




"See Emily Play"

Emily tries but misunderstands, ah ooh

She often inclined to borrow somebody's dreams till tomorrow
There is no other day
Let's try it another way
You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may
See Emily play
Soon after dark Emily cries, ah ooh
Gazing through trees in sorrow hardly a sound till tomorrow
There is no other day
Let's try it another way
You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may
See Emily play
Put on a gown that touches the ground, ah ooh
Float on a river forever and ever, Emily
There is no other day
Let's try it another way
You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may
See Emily play



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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Have You Got It Yet? YouTube Playlist & Channel!

Have You Got It Yet?
Have You Got It Yet?

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have we got an announcement for YOU! The (world famous) Laughing Madcaps group, with the help of Syd Barrett Fannus Extremus - J.t. Spranklin, has created a Have You Got It Yet? Youtube Channel! This will have ALL of the volumes up on it! Right now, we have HYGIY? Vols. I & II up! All the old Pink Floyd! No more loading CDs! Just point and click! Point and fucking click! The HYGIY? YouTube Channel is going to be a really cool place where we do really cool things! How cool? I DON'T FUCKING KNOW!!!!! We have to get *with* the technology. But it's gonna happen; as sure as the Pope is Catholic.

J.t. Spranklin really stepped up! He delivered the goods promptly and amazingly. Please, don't thank me... A big hand to the New Man: J.t. Spranklin!

Now, go to your little playground and splash around. Please remember it's still under construction.

The fut'chum is heah! This be the fut'chum! This be the fut'chum! Yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CLICK HERE BITCHES!!!!!


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pink Floyd - Backstage, 5th Dimension, Leicester, 9/27/67

Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
A high pixel scan has surfaced of Pink Floyd backstage at the 5th Dimension in Leicester on September 27th, 1967. Click the image to the left to see full size. The line-up was Pink Floyd, Amboy Dukes, Chris Farlowe and The Family. I was recently informed that this was the UK Amboy Dukes and not the garage/psych Legends from the USA. Annnnnyway, the 5th Dimension was a well known Leicester psychedelic club in the late 1960s. As one can see, many big psych-rock acts played, and although the club no longer exists, the esteemed name has occasionally been revived for psychedelic club nights held in Leicester today.


Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
We have the picture and the Osiris poster by Michael English, left and Nigel Waymouth. Enjoy!





























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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Laughing Madcaps Syd Barrett Group to Pass 3,000 Members Soon!

Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
The original Syd Barrett Pink Floyd discussion group, the Laughing Madcaps, is about to pass 3,000 Members! This is a significant number because 3,000 is the number that the group topped out on at the original interface on Yahoogroups. Laughing Madcaps began waaaaay back in 1998 on the original "groups" social networking interface: Yahoogroups. Those eight years, up until Syd's death in 2006, were exciting and halcyon times.

Syd Barrett
The group's Founder, Kiloh Smith, states: "Before Laughing Madcaps, there really wasn't a place for Syd's fans to meet and congregate. The Laughing Madcaps Syd Barrett group was the first place where fans could go and meet each other and interact." Kiloh continues: "These were the 'Wild West' times of what became known as Social Networking. I remember Yahoogroups allowed folks to attach any file to their message. We went through the Great Virus Spreading Days before Yahoo got on the ball and corrected it. But the group did do some wonderful things. Most importantly, we came together and produced THE set of unreleased Syd Barrett music (Have You Got It Yet?) which is still the standard today. For that, I must give credit to Steve Czapala; a Syd friend from the mid-Eighties. I had seen over the first flush of material submitted by fans which was over 100 discs worth of material. I mailed this mess to Steve and he listened to it all and made the first approximation of "best" material. Then he ran with the project and brought several other people in who were key players."

Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
To read a better account of the Making of Have You Got It Yet? go here.

And it continues
here.

Around four years ago, Yahoogroups was losing market share in the Internet "groups" area. Basically, people were abandonning it for Twitter and Facebook. The group had resisted a MySpace challenge back in the day but the allure to move to Facebook appeared too strong. This turns out to have been a good move as the group has been steadily gaining membership and is expected to top 3,000 soon.

Kiloh Smith says: "We are still the Numba One Syd Barrett group in the world and maintain a healthy and loyal membership."

Join the Laughing Madcaps on Facebook by clicking any of the the images above or this link below:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/laughingmadcaps



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