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RELICS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.53 | 274 ratings

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daveconn
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3 stars "Relics" unearths some artifacts from the not-too-distant '60s, including such indelible moments of spaced-out psychedelia as "Interstellar Overdrive" and "Careful With That Axe, Eugene." You don't have to be high to enjoy this collection, but you might have to be to drop forty bucks for the Japanese remaster. Believe it or not, "Relics" was originally a cheap way to sample the band's early music. Not so nowadays; "Relics"'ll cost you as much as "Piper At The Gates of Dawn" or "Saucerful of Secrets", which are frankly better investments. The selection is excellent, combining album cuts with singles like "Arnold Layne" and "Paintbox" that had yet to appear on an album. While "Relics" might get you off the hook from buying the soundtrack to More ("Cirrus Minor" and "The Nile Song" are two of the best tracks on there), it's suffered the fate of most premature compilations, which pull the trigger too early or become obsolete in the wake of more comprehensive packages. Had someone elected to expand "Relics" to take advantage of CD technology, then you might have a treasure worth saving. Instead, this has been preserved as if it were some sacred icon. If you haven't heard PINK FLOYD's earliest music, you really should. "Relics" is one way to do that, but I'm not convinced that it's the best way. Note that, over the years, "Relics" has featured a few different covers including a black-and-white drawing by NICK MASON.
daveconn | 3/5 |

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