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."