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Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story pt. 1 - 5

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story is a documentary released on DVD on 24 March 2003, produced by Otmoor Productions in 2001 as part of the BBC's Omnibus series and originally called Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond (in the US, a slightly modified version aired as the last episode of VH1's Legends series in January, 2002). Directed by John Edginton, the film includes interviews with all the Pink Floyd members - Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright - plus the "fifth Pink Floyd", Bob Klose, who left the band in 1965. The film includes rare early television appearances of Pink Floyd and home movies.

In 2006 a new "definitive edition DVD" was produced in the UK and Europe in which the full unedited interviews conducted by the director with Pink Floyd are now made available, alongside the original documentary.

The focus of the film is Syd Barrett, the lead guitarist of the early Pink Floyd, who created their unique psychedelic sound and all the band's early songs, including the singles "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" and much of their first album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Syd Barrett's name passed into rock folklore when he quit Pink Floyd in 1968 and, after two extraordinary but erratic solo albums, disappeared from music altogether amid rumours of a drug-induced breakdown.

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story has contributions from Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley (who played on Syd Barrett's two solo albums The Madcap Laughs and Barrett as well as Syd's final London concert on 6 June 1970 with David Gilmour, when Barrett abruptly left the stage after playing only four numbers), bassist Jack Monck who played at Syd's last ever public concert in 1972 at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, producer Joe Boyd who produced Arnold Layne, photographer Mick Rock who photographed Barrett for The Madcap Laughs cover, and artist Duggie Fields who shared an apartment in London's Earls Court with Barrett in 1968 and witnessed his changing mental state at close hand.

According to his sister, Barrett actually watched the documentary when it was broadcast on the BBC. He apparently found it "too loud", although he did enjoy seeing Mike Leonard, who he referred to as his "teacher". He also enjoyed hearing "See Emily Play" again.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Syd Barrett Opel Test Pressing

Syd Barrett Opel
Check out this Syd Barrett Opel test pressing. What a beauty! The vinyl sound gets no better than this! OPEL is a collection of previously un-released Barrett recordings.Most of the songs were recorded during sessions for 'The Madcap Laughs' and 'Barrett'. Most recordings are 'unfinished'.
Acetates and Test Pressings are the prototypes and test models of a recording. Before a record is mass produced, it is tested to see if it meets both artistic and technical approval.

The first pressings to be run off the mother are test pressings. It is after this second approval that the record is then mass produced... first promotional copies are pressed, then retail copies. Most test pressings are labeled... some are not.

Several masters can be cut and plated for manufacturing at several plants or to accommodate subsequent stamps. The first pressings of a new stamp are technically better than following pressings, and because test pressings and promotional copies are pressed on a limited run, they usually are more desirable and valuable.

LP: Harvest 8 28908 2
LP: Harvest 7 91206 1
CD: Harvest CDP 7 91206 2

All tracks were recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
Design and project supervision: Phil Smee
Mixed by Gareth Cousins
Sleeve note by Brian Hogg


Recorded April 11, 1969 (Take 9)
Produced by Malcolm Jones

Clowns And Jugglers (Octopus)
Initial session July 20, 1968
Produced by Peter Jenner
Overdubs recorded May 3, 1969
Produced by Malcolm Jones
Mike Ratledge - organ
Hugh Hopper - bass
Robert Wyatt - drums

Original two-track demo-version
Recorded June 5, 1970
Produced by David Gilmour
This version, with overdubs, used on 'Barrett'

Golden Hair
Recorded June 12, 1969 (Take 6)
Produced by David Gilmour
Take 11 was used on 'The Madcap Laughs'

Dolly Rocker
Recorded July 14, 1970, during 'Barrett' sessions
This take was the only one made.
Produced by David Gilmour

Word Song
Recorded July 17, 1970, during 'Barrett' sessions
This take was the only one made.
Produced by David Gilmour

Wined And Dined
Original two-track demo version
Recorded June 5th, 1970
Produced by David Gilmour

Swan Lee (Silas Lang)
Initial session May 28, 1968 (Take 5)
Overdubs added June 8, 1968
Final session April 25, 1969
Produced by Peter Jenner

Birdie Hop
Original two-track demo version
Recorded June 5, 1970
Produced by David Gilmour

Let's Split
Recorded July 14, 1970, during 'Barrett' sessions
This take was the only one made.
Produced by David Gilmour

Lanky, part 1
Recorded May 14, 1968
First and only take.
Produced by Peter Jenner
Note: Lanky (part two) runs for over seven minutes
and consists of two drum tracks only.

Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe)
Recorded July 26, 1969 (Take 1)
Produced by Roger Waters and David Gilmour

Milky Way
Recorded June 7, 1970 (Take 5)
Produced by David Gilmour

Golden Hair (instrumental)
Recorded May 14, 1968 (Take 1)
Produced by Peter Jenner

Bonus tracks on CD-version from 'CRAZY DIAMOND':
Gigolo Aunt (Take 9)
It Is Obvious (Take 3)
It Is Obvious (Take 5)
Clowns And Jugglers (Take 1)
Late Night (Take 2)
Effervescing Elephant (Take 2)