Oh, no – he’s writing about mainstream progressive rock again!
To get it out of the way, I regard Syd Barrett very highly; I like his two initial solo albums better than almost any Pink Floyd titles. I am also very fond of “Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” – but my interest trails off for a while thereafter.
Before the world-beating supremacy of “Dark Side Of The Moon”, Pink Floyd were vaguely ‘underground’ – and not terribly popular in the U.S. It’s true, one could hear them on the FM radio before DSOTM, but not often.
You should all be acquainted with:
CD MEDDLE TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-65738
1971 6 TRKS (’92 master) (kami sleeve)
LP MEDDLE CAPITOL US SMAS-832
1971 6 TRKS re-issue
7″ ONE OF THESE DAYS / SEAMUS HARVEST JPN EMR-20388
1971 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue
CD OBSCURED BY CLOUDS CAPITOL US 46385.2
1972 10 TRKS (’95 issue) re-master
LP OBSCURED BY CLOUDS TOSHIBA JPN EOP-80575
1972 10 TRKS insert
7″ FREE FOUR / STAY CAPITOL US 3391
1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
CD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON CAPITOL US 82136.2
1973 10 TRKS (’03 issue) hybrid SA-CD
LP DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (Anniversary issue) HARVEST UK SHVL 804
1973 10 TRKS inserts (’03 issue) 30th anniversary issue
CD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON CAPITOL US CDP 746001.2
1973 9 TRKS (’94 issue)
LP DARK SIDE OF THE MOON HARVEST US SMAS 11163
1973 9 TRKS with posters & stickers
7″ MONEY / ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE HARVEST FR 2C006-05368
1973 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
LP WISH YOU WERE HERE CBS/SONY JPN 30AP 1875
1975 5 TRKS insert, Half-Speed Mastering
CD WISH YOU WERE HERE CAPITOL US 29750.2
1975 5 TRKS re-mastered, promo
7″ HAVE A CIGAR / WELCOME TO THE MACHINE COLUMBIA US 3-10248
1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
7″ HAVE A CIGAR / SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND HARVEST FR 2C010-97357
1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
CD ANIMALS CAPITOL US 29748.2
1977 5 TRKS (’94 issue) re-master
LP ANIMALS HARVEST UK SHVL 815
1977 5 TRKS UK original
LPx2 WALL, THE CBS/SONY JPN 40AP 1750/2
1979 26 TRKS insert
CDx2 WALL, THE CAPITOL US 31243.2
1979 26 TRKS re-master
7″ RUN LIKE HELL / DON’T LEAVE ME NOW COLUMBIA US 1-11265
1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
7″ ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL Pt. 2 / ONE OF MY TURNS HARVEST UK HAR 5194
1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
7″ COMFORTABLY NUMB / HEY YOU CBS/SONY JPN 07SP 491
1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
7″ WHEN THE TIGERS BROKE FREE HARVEST UK HAR 5222
1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
LP FINAL CUT, THE CBS/SONY JPN 25AP 2410
1983 12 TRKS insert
7″ NOT NOW JOHN / HEROE’S RETURN (Parts I & II) CBS/SONY JPN 07SP 647
1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
12″ NOT NOW JOHN EMI PATHE FR 52943Z
1983 3 TRKS with pic sleeve
Also rather odd to note that I actually enjoy the post-Waters Floyd albums “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” and “The Division Bell” – especially the Anthony Moore lyrics! I always did like “Not Now John” as a 45 release, too.
I sat in a Toronto hotel room watching the re-formed Floyd perform live in summer 2005, somewhat disbelieving. Could these incredibly rich English guys put their differences aside – and make some money for charity? Uh, apparently for one day only.
Odd renewed interest in Pink Floyd came first with the 30th anniversary edition of “DSOTM” – that came with a lovely poster and beautiful vinyl re-mastering – yet with the original UK serial number! A short time thereafter, a hybrid SA-CD version of “DSOTM” appeared – a compulsory purchase for me. The mix is meant to have been ‘changed’, but…it just sounds extra ‘clear’ now.
I’ve tried the Roger Waters solo material, with varying degrees of effect; I prefer the solo albums of Nick Mason, actually! And I really enjoy the first two Dave Gilmour solo albums, and the two proper solo albums by the late Richard Wright.
So, the last frontier for me is the non-Barrett 60’s records: “A Saucerful Of Secrets”, “Ummagumma” and “Atom Heart Mother”. I actually own them all, but not on CD – I did find a super funky Quad version of the UK LP of “Atom Heart Mother”! My “Ummagumma” has the LP cover on the floor for “Gigi”. My “Saucerful” is a UK Columbia / EMI UK original. So, it’s not like I don’t have the proper versions to listen to.
I guess Pink Floyd were my introduction to Ron Geesin, on “Atom Heart Mother”. I’ve got loads of solo albums by Mr. Geesin – and I wish I could find a CD for “Right Through”, his masterpiece solo work. When I wrote to him, he answered! “A Raise Of Eyebrows”, indeed!
So, will any Pink Floyd titles make my “Ultimate Collection”? My favorite of the ones listed today is “Obscured By Clouds” – I’ll keep the original soundtrack LP, but I won’t be needing a copy of the film. But – “Ultimate Collection”? Likely only Syd Barrett “The Madcap Laughs”, but I’m not ready to add any British music to my “Ultimate Collection” yet. In due time, folks.
Of note to Barrett fans: Get the Pink Floyd CD called “The Early Singles”, as found in the first Pink Floyd CD boxed set. It’s great.