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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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Queen By-Tor
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3 stars See Pink Floyd Play.

A collection of their early singles along with some other unreleased tracks, Relics is one of the better Pink Floyd compilations out there. Especially worthy for the people who love Barrett era Floyd freakout tracks, this is one that has caught many ears over its time of being released. Certainly not the most essential Floyd disc by any means, this is still one worth owning for many of the tracks that are difficult of find outside this record. It's still slightly annoying that other tracks that are readily available exist on here, because it would have benefited the disc to be entirely composed of non-album material.

Still hosting a number of the best early (and overlooked) Floyd tracks from some of their studio albums such as the aways fun Interstellar Overdrive, the wonderful Remember A Day, Bike and the two best tracks from More, The Nile Song and Cirrus Minor. But if you already have these tracks in your collection you won't be hearing anything new in these songs.

Among the unreleased stuff (on cd albums anyways) there's a bunch of gems. See Emily Play is a fun, Beatle-esque track that shows the band before their first album, as does Arnold Layne, the latter of which grows fairly tiring after a few listens. A little bit later in the cd Julia Dream is a spaced out track that would've sounded great on A Saucerful of Secrets and paired with Paintbox they make for a great six minutes. Biding My Time is another good lost track, but the most attractive track has yet to be mentioned.

While the other tracks would soon justify the purchase, the biggest buying point for this reviewer was the studio version of Careful With That Ax, Eugine. Unfortunately, this track is actually the most tedious part of the cd! Shorter than it's live counterpart and lacking the energy that the Ummagumma version possesses, this track was better left alone than recorded.

This is a good one for fans of early Floyd fans, but for the rest of the world it's just another compilation. Also good if you want to hear the best of the early Floyd stuff without actually going out and buying it. However, if you don't like Floyd very much (or at all) then give this one a miss. 3 stars - good, but not essential. A worthy compilation disc.

Queen By-Tor | 3/5 |


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