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Monday, August 29, 2011

See Emily Play - Hideosuly Rare Acetate!

See Emily Play
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This is something that you might want to sell yer mother down the river for! From the archive of a South African radio DJ, there is every possibility that this amazing artyfact is a unique one off pressing!
Look at the close-up pictures!

Pink Floyd original record company 4-track 10" acetate EP 1967 45rpm


Side 1
See Emily Play (2:52) Apples and Oranges (3:07)

Side 2 Paintbox (3:33) Bike (1:50) not sure why it says 3:20 on the label.




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Friday, August 26, 2011

Nick Mason On Possible Syd Barrett Immersion Set



Recently posted on
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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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Previously UNSEEN 'Stars' gig photo - with NO Syd though :(


While it's a great shame that Syd isn't in this photo it's still interesting to us Syd fans as it shows his band mates playing live on the site of the Cambridge Market Square in 1972. It shows Jack Monck on bass and Twink sitting in on the drums. Syd is most probably in front of them singing along, maybe, and playing guitar, maybe. There is a pic of Syd playing at, apparently, the same place. I think it's a good enough guess that it was taken the same time as this one. Massive thanks to Jenny Spires who forwarded me this photo and has allowed me to publish it here.

A previous post on this blog which includes said pic of Syd is here:

http://www.sydbarrettpinkfloyd.com/2010/02/syd-barrett-stars-its-so-long-ago-now.html

Here's the info on 'Stars' nicked straight from Wikipedia:

Stars

After a spell in Morocco Twink moved to Cambridge and worked with the 'Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band', initially with vocalist/guitarist Bruce Michael Paine (ex-Apple Pie & star of the San Francisco production of 'Hair')[6][7] and 'The Honk' playing bass, and also played in a band named ZZZ with Alan Lee Shaw and Rod Latter (who later reunited as The Rings). The Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band, now with ex-Delivery bass player Jack Monck, backed American Blues guitarist Eddie "Guitar" Burns at King's College Cellar in January 1972. Jack's wife Jenny Spires, a former girlfriend of both Twink and Syd Barrett (ex-Pink Floyd), invited Syd down to the gig and he brought his guitar along and jammed with them at one point.[8] The next day, the Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band, with guests Fred Frith and Syd Barrett, played on a bill with Hawkwind and the Pink Fairies.[9]

Within the next day or two Twink formed the short lived trio 'Stars' with Barrett and Monck. Stars played a handful of shows which were well received.[10] However, Syd, fragile mentally, quit after reading a negative review by Roy Hollingworth in Melody Maker,[11] after which Twink moved back to London. During the years 1972 to 1975, Twink periodically performed with fellow Ladbroke Grove community band Hawkwind and with the band Glider, but no recordings were made.[12] In July 1975, The Pink Fairies staged a reunion gig at the Roundhouse featuring the then-current line-up of Russell Hunter, Duncan Sanderson and Larry Wallis, joined by former members Twink and Paul Rudolph. The reunion show was released as a live album in 1982.

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John "Hoppy" Hopkins Pioneer of the Undergound Scene



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One of the pioneers of the London Underground Scene during the sixties. To know him was to have your finger on the pulse of the Hip Counterculture scene of the swinging sixties in London. Also a British photographer, journalist, researcher, and political activist. John "Hoppy" Hopkins was a nuclear physicist and graduated from Cambridge in 1958. He received a camera from a relative for his graduation present, and fell in love with photography and here is where the rubber met the road for his career in photography and journalism. Hoppy arrived in London on January 1, 1960 and landed a job as an assistant of a commercial photographer and within a year was established as Fleet Street Freelancer. He worked for the Sunday Times and The Observer papers in London. He also freelanced a magazine called Queen.In this one he did the first ever article on Cannabis in England. He worked for music magazine Melody Maker and took some iconic beautiful shots of jazz musicians, such as Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis just to name a few. Hoppy helped out Peace News and the CND magazine Sanity, where he documented the protest movement against nuclear weapons.He was a photographer from 1961-66 during this time he took beautiful photographs of the Beatles, the Stones, Alan Ginsberg, Malcolm X,and the less fortunates of London.He captured the times that are now, long gone.His photos were lost for 30 years and accidently rediscovered and have been on display twice at two London Galleries. Once in 2000 at the Photographers Gallery, a screening for a book on Hoppy and his iconic photos entitled "From the Hip" the first ever publication by Sartoria Communications and Damiani Editore which was quietly sponsored by Lee Jeans. His latest display is at the Adam Street Gallery off the Strand in London, now through September 18. Hoppy took his first lysergic trip in 1964. By 1965 he helped set up the London Free School in Notting Hill. That led to Notting Hill Carnival with the help of Rhuane Laslett. The school newsletter was called "The Gate" and that led to "IT" or the International Times which was known as the 'bible' for the counterculture movement and was published in 66.. The legendary UFO Club was founded was founded by Hoppy and record producer Joe Boyd in 1967. It was without question the hippest trip in London where Syd Barrett and the Pink Floyd's notes floated up and mixed with the incense and snowy colored lightshows that was born there. On June 1, 1967 Hoppy, who had been arrested for a small amount of weed in America,took trial by jury and was slammed into Wormwood Scrubs prison for 9 months by an unhappy judge. The "Free Hoppy" movement set about and Stephen Abrams co-ordinated a campaign for the liberalisation of cannabis laws and hence The Times magazines birth.It published a full page ad on July 24 stating the laws were immoral in principal and unworkable practice. This was signed by Dr. Francis Crick and member of Parliament Graham Greene as well as the Beatles. As a tribute to Hoppy this ad was sponsored by Paul McCartney. In the 70's Hoppy put down his camera and started working with video and researched for UNESCO, and the Arts Council. He edited the Journal of the Centre for Advanced TV Studies. He also worked as a technical journalist in the video trade press. His last gig was macro photography for the University of Westminster. He also founded BIT, an information and agitprop arm. If you live in the UK, you can still catch Hoppy's exhibit at Adam Street Gallery off The Strand. It will run through September 18.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Syd in 'Those Without' - rare photo!


Another delight to share with you all. This photo was one that Syd gave to Jenny Spires, who met Syd first around the time they did the 'Lucy Leave' & 'King Bee' demo. This photo was taken just before that, in 1964. It looks like Syd may have had an attack of acne when this was taken, but he gave it to Jenny so he couldn't have been that bothered about it. I wonder what song he was singing! :)
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Friday, August 5, 2011

New pic of Syd at Cambridge Art School?


Nearly 2 months ago someone called Elizabeth Hamey posted this photo on a Facebook Syd group. She captioned it "HALCYON DAYS A photo I took of Syd at Cambridge Art School".

I've never seen this photo before and no one seems to have jumped on the fact this has never, to my knowledge, been published anywhere.

So, while that COULD very well be Syd in the middle, he was moving when the photo was taken and is a little blurry. Anyone who knew Syd then confirm it's definitely him or is there anyone who went to Cambridge Art School and they recognise this room?

I'm not saying it's not him, it could be. But also it could be someone who looks a bit like him.

Any comments gratefully received.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Syd Barrett Dark Globe Choral Vocals

SYD BARRETT DARK GLOBE CHORAL VOCALS



There are actually two versions of this song:
  • Dark Globe (July 27, 1969 - Choral Version. Peter Jenner 1974 Echo mix)
  • Dark Globe (July 27, 1969 - Choral Version. Malcolm Jones 1987 Clean mix)
Both versions of Syd Barrett Dark Globe are two sides of the same coin. The ‘Choral’ addition refers to Syd’s delayed double tracked vocals. The main difference between the two is that the 1987 version is somewhat tighter and wider than the 1974 version & clearer to listen to. The 2nd difference is that in the ‘74 Mix Barrett's singing voice is heard quite clearly over the multi-tracked vocals where as on the ‘87 mix the two voices are brought closer together in the mix the difference is not so obvious. The session log seems to omit the fact that there was a session on the 27th of July so we either have to assume that there was no session & the tapes are wrongly labeled ( and the 26th of July was the actual last session ) or the 27th was when the mixes of this track were submitted.

Below this is another version and the LP version:






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