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1967 Singles Sampler

Pink Floyd Audio CD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars: Great Psychedelic Pop! June 22 2004
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea but it's way too short March 11 2004
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I tip my hat towards the company execs who thought this was a good idea. It really was but they could have easily added on the other two singles from 1968 and that would have practically rounded up the singles since Pink Floyd weren't going to make another single until " they built the wall "
As it is they're 6 brilliant songs that clock in at under 18 minutes. Just can't help but feel you need another 12 more minutes just to feel anyway satisfied. Still it is a nice memento in memory of Syd of the talent he had for writing rather odd pop tunes. Hats off to him
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5.0 out of 5 stars Syd's glory days Feb. 4 2003
By The Madcap - Published on Amazon.com
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This cd is a great example of the amazing 3min pop-psychedelic songs Syd could write in his glory.(minus paintbox, which is by Rick Wright)It was basically Arnold and Emily which made the floyd into pop stars in 1967 england. Though Arnold, Emily. scarecrow, and Paintbox can be found on other records, such as paintbox, this is only 1 of 2 places i know of to find Candy and a currant bun, which is awesome and shouldve been the a-side to their 1st single instead of the b-side. Then theres Apples and Oranges, which even though it flopped as a single, in the words of Roger Waters, "It's a fu!*ing good song", which it trully is, it was just recorded in to much of a hurry, the band diddnt even get to tune their instruments right. I recomend this for any fan of Floyd's early work, but if possible, look for "The Pink Floyd Early Singles" which was part of the Shine On box set, that disk contains the 6 songs here, but also the singles "It would be so Nice" and "Point Me at the Sky" with their b-sides, "Julia Dream" and "Careful With that Axe Eugene" which are trully classic floyd pieces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The spirit of Barrett's Pink Floyd shines again July 17 1998
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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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREATNESS June 28 2000
By "floydianrelic" - Published on Amazon.com
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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++++
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5.0 out of 5 stars its great July 15 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up this cd while in the UK on vacation and it has easily become one of my favorites. "Candy and a Currant Bun" and "Apples and Oranges" are great rare songs that are worth the cost of this sampler CD alone. These plus mono editions of "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", and more make this essential to anyone who likes early floyd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting to hear the progression... Oct. 8 2000
By A. Temple - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, let me say that there is some damn good music on here. "See Emily Play" is possibly my favorite Floyd song, and "Arnold Layne" is also great. Hell, everything on here is good, although it's not the most mind-blowingly amazing thing I've ever heard. But what I think is most interesting about this is that you can hear what happened to Syd over the course of 1967. On the first single, "Arnold Layne"/"Candy and a Currant Bun", he's already very good. The second single, "See Emily Play"/"Scarecrow", shows him experimenting more and doing some really strange and interesting stuff. (The distorted piano solo in S.E.P. is a wonderful moment). But "Apples and Oranges," while a good song, is already beginning to sound like what he would do in the '70s after his breakdown--silly, jumpy melody, fragmented lyrics, etc. etc. When you get to the b-side, "Paintbox," it's a shock. After five tracks of Syd Barrett, we have a Richard Wright song, the first non-Barrett single and the first indication of Barrett's fading from the group. The style is vastly different, almost sounding like The Wall at times--but, unlike the Floyd's 70s stuff, it's very good... Perhaps an even more interesting CD is the "early singles" CD from some box set that I got off Ebay, which includes the '68 singles as well. There you can hear the quality steeply drop off after Barrett's leaving, from Wright's pretty good "It Would Be So Nice", to Waters' nice-but-sappy "Julia Dream", to the mildly-irritating "Point Me At the Sky", to the tedious original version of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene."
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