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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Kevin Ayers / Syd Barrett Religious Experience 10" Acetate

Syd barrett religious experience
Syd barrett religious experience

Supposedly one of the above pictures is of the "lost" Kevin Ayers / Syd Barrett Religious Experience pairing. Original 10" acetate of the Peter Jenner produced collaboration. This is a one sided 45 rpm with handwriting on the jacket dated 4/12/69.

Ayers was an great admirer of former Pink Floyd front man and innovative genius, Syd Barrett, and felt Syd’s contribution could enhance his latest song. On the way to Abbey Road studios, Kevin called into Barrett’s flat and requested his presence on the session. And so it was on November 9th 1969 Ayers and Barrett worked on the first version of the song which was then titled “Religious Experience”.

Take nine proved to be the master take and overdubs were undertaken onto the 8-track master. A finished mix, long since lost from the archives, was cut onto several acetate discs and taken away by various individuals for evaluation. After some consideration it was felt that Syd Barrett’s psychedelic guitar part was too chaotic and the track overlong. The decision was made to re-record “Religious Experience”.

Over the decades, rumors and supposed bootlegs abounded of the legendary “lost” Syd Barrett session. Eventually in 2003 the recording appeared as a bonus track on the re-mastered CD reissue of Joy of a Toy. Therefore, if the 4/12/69 date is correct, this acetate is from an earlier session. Or maybe this is a forgery. We'll never know until we can compare it to the released version.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not uncommon in Europe--which I guess includes the UK--for dates to be written dd/mm/yy. So that could be an acetate that was pressed on Dec. 4, 1969 (or 12-4-69 in the USA style).

Just food for thought.

July 5, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... in fact, come to think of it, you can see "May 31, 1967" noted as "31-5-67" on the "See Emily Play" acetate pictured in a June 27th post here. So I'd bet that this is from December '69, which fits the chronology pretty well.

July 8, 2009 at 10:48 PM  

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