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Relics [Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Pink Floyd Audio CD
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This compilation and "greatest hits" package has the odd distinction of being released well before the band hit its stadium-filling prime in the mid-to-late '70s. This album essentially bridges the considerable gap between original leader Syd Barrett's baroque psychedelic pop-single bent (exemplified here by the band's first chart hit "See Emily Play" and the cross-dressing mini-epic "Arnold Layne," both stellar singles left off the band's debut album) and the more ponderous musical pretensions of Roger Waters, the band's de facto leader after mental illness sidelined Barrett early on. It's a good introduction to the band's foundations for Floyd novices, and the inclusion of the early singles and two early outtakes ("Julia Dream" and "Biding My Time") make it a must for aficionados. --Jerry McCulley

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This collection of early Floyd singles and B-sides finally arrives on CD in the U.S. boasting a new remastering job, an expanded booklet with unseen photos, lyrics and new artwork from Storm Thorgerson and repeated doses of Syd Barrett brilliance. See Emily Play; Interstellar Overdrive; Careful with That Axe, Eugene; Arnold Layne; Remember a Day; The Nile Song; Cirrus Minor , and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Pink Floyd album June 9 2004
By krista
Format:Audio CD
Pink Floyd should really be divided into two bands, the early band and the big huge stadium band, and there's no need to compare the two. The first Pink Floyd album I ever got was "A Nice Pair" their first two albums in one handy package, after I heard Voivod's (a metal band) cover of Astronomy Domine. I was only 15 and somehow didn't realize this was the same band as did Another Brick in the Wall and Shine on you Crazy Diamond etc. Anyway I was blown over. And Relics is my favorite album by the band all together. Julia Dream, Cirus Minor and Remember a Day are three of my very most favorite songs ever, they are so beautiful, gentle, and meloncholy. I love much of the later PF stuff as well, I inadvertently collected more of their albums than of any other band. My least favorite is (other than part two of Ummagumma, though I love Grantchester Meadows) is Dark side of the Moon because it has so much gospel-like wailing in it and I don't like "money", and the saxophone, and all the long, irritating guitar solos. Perhaps I've heard too much of it on the radio. So forget the later stuff for a minute and just compare "this" band to perhaps other smaller, alternative groups, as they were when they made this music. For heaven's sake, it's not just a collection of rarities for enthusiasts.
The album is creative genius, at times variously wistfull, too lovely for words, frightening yet soothing, emotional, and thoughtfull. I gotta say I skip Interstellar Overdrive these days, it's a bit long and grating after a few years. This is sentimental music to get wrapped up in and attatched to, I hope droves more people with fresh outlooks will discover it for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb overview of pre-1970s Floyd June 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
Pink Floyd's sixth album entitled Relics was released in July of 1971 in the US. The album was a collection of early singles, B-sides, album tracks and one previously unreleased track. The album was only available on cassette, 8-track and LP for many years and not on CD(I first got this album on cassette in December of 1987). It wasn't until August of 1996 that the album was finally released on CD officially here in the US and was remastered by long time Floyd producer/engineer/friend James Guthrie and long time Floyd mastering engineer Doug Sax. The album is a good summary of Floyd in the 1960s. The album featured the A sides of Pink Floyd's first two singles Arnold Layne(which was the band's first single release and was banned by the BBC because of the lyrical content) which is classic Syd Barrett and See Emily Play(which was the band's second single and first track produced by Norman Smith) arguably Syd's finest track. Two songs from Piper at the Gates of Dawn appear(Interstellar Overdrive and Bike). The later three singles' B-sides Paint Box, Julia Dream(David Gilmour's vocal debut) and Careful With That Axe Eugene) all appear here in stereo versions(the mono mixes of these tracks were first issued on CD on the band's 1992 box set Shine On). One track from 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets is represented by Remember a Day, one of Rick Wright's best songs. Two tracks from 1969's More(Cirrus Minor and The Nile Song) appear. The major reason to buy Relics is for the song Biding My Time which was a part of Floyd's The Man and The Journey suite performance from 1969 and a studio version was never released until Relics. The track featured Rick Wright on trombone and Gilmour's soaring guitar solos. Relics hit #152 on Billboard in 1971 but the album is now regarded as a cult classic and a good taster of the Syd Barrett era Floyd. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relics Dec 1 2003
By "dozzn"
Format:Audio CD
I would recommend this cd for all Pink Floyd fans, and anyone thas just getting into Pink Floyd.
I feel as if this is a collectors cd because it has " relics"
on it from different Floyd era's.
I think anyone would be satified with ordering this cd. This was actually the second Pink Floyd cd that I ever owned. Dark side of the moon being first of course. When I heard Relics, I just wanted to go out and get every cd that Pink Floyd ever made!
I highly recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars an early floyd sampler June 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
the first time i ever heard this album was when i had a found it in a cabinet of my dad's old records a good while back...one of the crackly old harvest reissues with the strange bottle-opener/face album cover. i didn't think much of this album on the first listen, but being the floyd completist i am i eventually broke down and got my hands on the CD version. there are some true gems here, "julia dream" and "paintbox" being the two best tracks on the album. "see emily play" and "arnold layne" are two particulary tasty syd-era tracks that were hard to find during the vinyl era but were included here. the sprawling and lazy "cirrus minor" and stoned-out jam "the nile song" are included from the album "more," along with "remember a day" from "a saucerful of secrets." roger waters' "biding my time" is one of the less noteworthy tracks on the album. the album closes with barrett's eclectic "bike"; a song he and only he could have ever written. not a masterpiece, but if you want an insight into the early days of the floyd without buying a ton of albums, this is for you. "paintbox" and "julia dream" are worth the price of the album alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like this kind of music
Very psychadellic album by Pink Floyd. If you like this kind of music, go for it but personally I prefer Dark Side or wish you were here
Published 6 days ago by Arman
3.0 out of 5 stars What a Collection???
I don't understand this one! There's "Remember a Day" from the album "Saucerful of Secrets", "Intersteller Overdrive" and "Bike" from... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Reijo Piippula
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of pre-classic era Floyd
Pink Floyd's sixth album entitled Relics was released in July of 1971 in the US. The album was a collection of early singles, B-sides, album tracks and one previously unreleased... Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by Terrence J. Reardon
3.0 out of 5 stars A different Pink Floyd.
'Relics' shows the Pink Floyd most people (except die-hard fans) don't know about. This was before 'The Dark Side of the Moon' days, the days when the band was super weird. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars better than a washed-up Jackson
I'm no real fan of Pink Floyd, but at least they didn't have to flash their beef curtains to sell records, unlike a certain has-been named Damita Jo.
Published on April 8 2004 by Brandon L. Harlow
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Pink Floyd era
The only reason this album gets four star instead of five is the fact it is a collection(though released by the band). Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Olof Bouveng
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it solely for "See Emily Play"
This early Floyd album is one of the best albums they have created, i so wish that Sid Barret had not gone "mad" or i think Pink Floyd could have been even bigger than... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Ky Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars RELIC CD
Ever since I became familiar with Pink Floyd and listened to it I wanted Relics, but I only just got it recently and I love it. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by "ovaltenie"
5.0 out of 5 stars JULIA DREAM is worth the price of the whole album
"Julia Dream" is simply the most beautiful song in the world, period. I cannot understand for the life of me why many people don't agree. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by Josh H.
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