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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.57 | 352 ratings

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3 stars With the success of "Atom Heart Mother" some clever soul at the record label company decided it was high time to release a compilation for all the best material produced in the early years of 1967 to 1970 and here is the result. It is indeed a compilation of Floyd relics that captures some of the trippiest space rock that the band executed. These were experimental years of course and the raw psychedelic sound pervades the album throughout.

On offer is the awesome 'Interstellar Overdrive' that runs for about 10 minutes and is never dull. Highlights abound with Syd Barrett's cross dresser anthem 'Arnold Layne' and the dreamy 'See Emily Play'. The bone chilling mesmirising ambience of 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene' is here, as well as classic spaced up 'Julia Dream' and powerful 'Cirrus Minor'.

Other tracks are okay and of course there is nothing new for the Floyd fan who has everything, and it would take the most impoverished Floydian to not have everything here. The best bits of "Piper" and "Saucerful" is here though the title track is missing.

This album is best picked up on vinyl as it has a classic quality, especially the packaging and cover art. It is a product of its time but perhaps enough to satiate the appetite of music listeners interested in the dark mysterious early years of the band. There are better compilations such as "Echoes" but none with this much early psych from Pink Floyd so for that reason alone this is a curio worth snavelling up.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |


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