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Crazy Diamond (3CD) Box set, Best of


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  • Audio CD (July 25 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Best of
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000008D8N
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Terrapin
2. No Good Trying
3. Love You
4. No Man's Land
5. Dark Globe
6. Here I Go
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Baby Lemonade
2. Love Song
3. Dominoes
4. It Is Obvious
5. Rats
6. Maisie
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Opel
2. Clowns & Jugglers
3. Rats
4. Golden Hair
5. Dolly Rocker
6. Word Song
See all 20 tracks on this disc


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Culture on March 29 2002
Format: Audio CD
A good reason to buy "Crazy Diamond": You don't already have the three basic albums on CD. Syd's two official albums are loaded with great material, so have at it.
A bad reason to buy "Crazy Diamond": You are compelled to hear every goddam chord and cough Syd Barrett ever recorded.
Syd was a visionary who evoked chills even alone with his guitar ("Feel" and "Opel" particularly), but by and large, the quality of his two official solo albums is the result of producer Dave Gilmour's heroic struggle to organize Syd's chaotic performances into something sane musicians could accompany. The bonus tracks included here are not "alternates" -- they are justifiably rejects: solo performances which were not as good as the ragged takes which were eventually used.
If you found "Opel" -- the 80s compilation of stuff which was never good enough for release when Syd was still viable -- a disappointment, there is no reason to go further. This box set only serves to emphasize the (avoidable!) tragedy that was Syd Barrett.
But if you're like me, reading this review won't stop you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ron k. on June 6 2001
Format: Audio CD
I must say this is one hell of a box set, well worth the money for Syd fans. This appeared to be the whole sha-bang, but now they've come out with the compilation "wouldn't you miss me" or something similar that has a song that you can't find anywhere else, so I guess it's not as complete as it was supposed to be. The music however is great, the songs sound like they were either re-mixed or remasterd, and the out-takes (bunches and bunches included) kinda help you paint a more realistic picture of Syd's true personality. Hearing the alternate versions, and random starts and stops on the bonus tracks give you a good idea of what Syd was really like. Some are faster,some slower, some moodier and some where he couldn't figure out what key he wanted to start singing in. I think this is great. Also the booklet that comes with it is cool, focusing it's attention on Syd's life as a musican, rather than a madcap....Highly Highly recommeded, I mean why buy anything else?(except for the new cd I suppose!<G>)
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Long out of print in the USA, Crazy Diamond with its extra tracks and full color booklet gives an entirely complete look into the solo recordings of rock's most misunderstood man, Syd Barrett. A founding member of the Cambridge-based psychedelic pop group The Pink Floyd, Barrett left the band in 1968 after a series of mental breakdowns which led to his final demise as a recording artist in 1971. This box set compiles the known studio recordings, rehearsals and rough demos Barrett made for albums released on the Harvest label, "Madcap" - 1970, "Barrett" - 1970 and the "lost recordings album - "Opel" released in 1988.
Complete with new artwork and date/track listings - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! WOOF WOOF!!!
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In short, "Syd" Barrett WAS a simple man blessed/cursed with complex visions. His music, both with the Floyd and post-Floyd, is a tribute to that very fact. "Roger" Barrett IS a simple man that wishes to be himself. Please, listen to this music and realize that Syd/Roger isn't crazy, he's mortal. Isn't that enough to deal with?
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Although Syd Barrett's solo stuff isn't "psychadelic" like his stuff with Pink Floyd, the songs on this album are incredibly unique and original. Many of these tracks may seem simple (some are accompanied by nothing but guitar), but they become more complicated on repeated listening. And his lyrics can at times seem childlike, just like on Pipers at the Gates of Dawn and his other work with Pink Floyd, but accompanied by his haunted voice and versatile melodies, these child-like lyrics convey a gammit of images, emotions, and ideas. This is a must buy for anyone who listens to music with an open mind.
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Although Syd Barrett's solo stuff isn't "psychadelic" like his stuff with Pink Floyd, the songs on this album are incredibly unique and original. Many of these tracks may seem simple (some are accompanied by nothing but guitar), but they become more complicated on repeated listening. And his lyrics can at times seem childlike, just like on Pipers at the Gates of Dawn and his other work with Pink Floyd, but accompanied by his haunted voice and versatile melodies, these child-like lyrics convey a gammit of images, emotions, and ideas. This is a must buy for anyone who listens to music with an open mind.
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