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Friday, August 26, 2011

Nick Mason On Possible Syd Barrett Immersion Set

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Laughing Madcaps. News about possible Syd Barrett Immersion Set:

New copy of Uncut just came in the post (Bolan cover) - There's a feature & Nick interview the Dark side Immersions set & his vault. From the article by David Cavanagh

The Floyd story started with Syd Barrett, their first songwriter, their first leader, the man who gave them their name. At a certain point in the interview I look Mason in the eye and as him if 'Why Pink Floyd...? is going to be the point in history when "Scream Thy Last Scream", "Vegetable Man" and other unreleased 1967 tracks are finally, after many dashed hopes and false alarms, going to receive an official release.

Mason [at once]: "Yes. I would love that. If we did an 'Immersion' version of the early stuff, we could have all of those, and then we've got some demos that were made really early on, which I think are just charming. these come from 1965 and include 'Lucy Leave', "I'm A King Bee", "Walk With Me Sydney", and "Double O-Bo". They're very R'n'B. Of course we were yet another English band who wanted to be an American style R'n'B band. We recorded the demo at Decca. I think it must have been, in Broadhurst Gardens. A friend of Rick's was working there as an engineer, and managed to sneak us in on a Saturday night when the studio wasn't operating."

David Cavanagh: "Have you always know of this tape's existence?"

Mason: "Yes, I've always had a copy of it."

Nick came in with a huge box full of quarter tapes which had been sitting in storage. When we trawled through them, there were a lot of early recordings, pre-Piper, when they were playing "Louie, Louie" and being an R'n'B band. Then there were quite a few Barrett-era Floyd tracks that never got released, which were mixed recently as part of [the work done on] An Introduction To Syd Barrett, when we didn't know that they weren't going to get used. There is potentially the material to make an album of unreleased Barrett-era stuff.

David Cavanagh: "In other words [I ask Mason], there'll be an 'Immersion' edition of The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn? Or else an 'Immersion' that twins Piper with A Saucerful Of Secrets?" Mason: "More likely to be the latter, but yes, definitely. Personally I think the two albums go together very well, if you position the tracks suitably, because 'Jugband Blues' on Saucer is Syd's song and it's his farewell moment in a way"

That 1967-68 'Immersion' set will probably come out next summer Mason estimates. It will have been a long, long wait.

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