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RELICS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.53 | 275 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Their record company was so nicely surprised by the commercial success of "Atom Heart Mother" (Nr. 1 in the UK), that they decided to release a compilation of their earlier work. At least this one erases the ignominy of "The Best Of Pink Floyd" released a year before. The cover for the UK version was a drawing from Nick.

The full title of the project was : "Relics, A Bizarre Collection of Antiques and Curios". And that's exactly what we get.

Let's start with the well known Antique : "Arnold Layne" their first single, "Interstellar" an incredible psyche trip available on "Piper", "See Emily Play" another single and "Bike" from "Piper" as well (rather dull actually).

Some of not so Antique (at that time) : "Cirrus Minor" which is one of the very good tracks form "More" as well as "The Nile Song" (one of their hardest song ever).

Then some Curios. Too many curios, actually.

"Remember A Day" : this song was already written (by Rick) at the time of the "Piper" sessions but finally released on A"SOS". "Paintbox" : B-side for "Apples & Oranges" (this should say sufficient, no) ? "Julia Dream" : fourth Floyd single. It is the first song featuring David on guitar and vocals. Believe me, he will do much, much better later on. "Binding My Time" : unreleased Waters composition. It should have remained so. He is even playing trumpet in this track ! Awful.

Finallywith "Careful With That Axe..." we get THE great track from this compilation. Released as b-side for "Point Me At The Sky". The track was first recorded for some BBC sessions (June 1968). It was first called "Murderistic Woman" then "Keep Smiling People" and for some very short time "Beset By The Creatures Of The Deep". Finally, it will turned into the "Careful..." as we know. This is IMO one of the best song of the early Floyd (before "Meddle").

Since this effort is not called "Best Of", we can hardly complain that jewels like "Astronomy Domine", "ASOS", "Set The Control..." are not present. This album will peak at number 32 in the UK and will be almost unnoticed in the US.

I can not really recommend it. For completionist (even if I rate it two stars).

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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