Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
1967 Singles Sampler (Limited Edition)
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Limited edition 1997 EMI release, part of the band's 30thanniversary. It features the A and extremely rare B-sidesto their first three singles, all from 1967: 'Arnold Layne'w/ 'Scarecrow', 'Candy And A Currant Bun' w/ 'App... more »
Limited edition 1997 EMI release, part of the band's 30thanniversary. It features the A and extremely rare B-sidesto their first three singles, all from 1967: 'Arnold Layne'w/ 'Scarecrow', 'Candy And A Currant Bun' w/ 'Apples AndOranges' & 'See Emily Play
The spirit of Barrett's Pink Floyd shines again
floydianrelic | 07/17/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With this single sampler, the spirit of the first Pink Floyd, led by Barrett, shines again. The 6 songs of the collector sound fresh and childlike, and at the same time are sometimes reflective of the late 60's English society and of the Floyd's early success (and the pressure that came with it). I would recommend it to Syd Barrett (the Floyd's first leader) fans, of course, as well as to anybody who know Pink Floyd's music a bit and want to know more about their psychedelic debuts in the London underground scene. Maybe you shouldn't begin to discover the Floyd's works with this one, though... NB the recording is mono, but the sound quality is perfect. The single sampler includes the first 3 singles of Pink Floyd and their B-sides, i.e. Arnold Layne, Candy and a currant bun, See Emily play, Scarecrow, Apples and oranges and Paintbox. All save one of these songs were previously available, either on Relics or Piper at the gates of dawn. This raises the important question:! the early singles have not all been released yet; Point me at the sky and It would be so nice have never been released outside the Shine on box set. When will EMI release all these singles on a single CD? Floyd fans all over the world are still waiting..."
floydianrelic | las vegas, nv USA | 06/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"LOOKIN FOR THESE 3 SINGLES YOULL EITHER HAVE TO BE A DIE HARD FAN , AND BUT THE SHINE ON BOX SET TO FIND THESE, OR GET THIS.....I GOT BOTH. IF YOU ARE A BARRETT FAN LIKE ME...GET THIS NOW....ITS ONLY A 6 SONG CD, BUT WELL WORTH IT FOR THE 2 UNRELEASED TRACKS...I LISTEN TO THIS 3 OR FOUR TIMES A DAY.....A++++"
4 1/2 Stars: Great Psychedelic Pop!
floydianrelic | 06/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I guess I'm something of an oddity, as I love the "classic" Floyd ('Dark Side of the Moon' etc.) as well as the Syd-Floyd. Two different animals i suppose -- like apples and oranges (sorry 'bout that). "Arnold" and "Emily" may sound dated (what doesn't from 1967) but hold up as great pop songs. And I love the lyrics -- "float on a river forever and ever" -- as well as Syd's voice, which often sounds vulnerable in the same way that Gram Parsons' did. "Candy And A Currant Bun" (originally titled "Let's Roll Another One") is typically great Syd and very catchy (Bowie "Rebel"-era fans, take note). "Scarecrow" is a folkier tune (albeit psychedelic folk) that doesn't quite fit in with the others, but is enjoyable nonetheless (early-Bolan and XTC fans, take note). "Apples And Oranges" is another excellent song marred by poor production and performance -- Syd's terrible sounding wah-wah (the single was released during the Jimi Hendrix tour) and Nick Mason's cymbals are mixed much too loudly, and the background vocals (Roger Waters?) are off-key (attention Dave and/or Roger: how about releasing a remixed version of this wonderful little song, along with the unreleased "Vegetable Man" and "Scream Thy Last Scream"). The Rick Wright tune "Paintbox," although very much "A Day In The Life"-derived, is quite good and fits in nicely with Syd's tunes - much better in fact than Roger Waters' songs from this period. Wright's contribution to the overall sound of these songs -- second only to Barrett's at this point -- should also be credited. The artwork for this CD is fairly simple but nicely done -- no high concepts here -- as opposed to some of the other similar Floyd collections. It's a nice companion piece to the 'Piper' mono box, although less elaborate, and was actually intended to be a part of that set, sort of a bonus EP of singles from the same period (1967) when Syd was in the band. That's why the other post-Syd singles from 1968 were not included. The front and back covers of the original 45's are displayed on the front and back of the CD cover. The gatefold cover opens to a colorful pastiche of individual and group photos from the period. The design on the disc itself is identical to the 'Piper' mono disc."