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2.76 | 70 ratings | 8 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Chapter 24 (3:36)
2. Mathilda Mother (3:03)
3. Arnold Layne (2:51)
4. Candy And A Current Bun (2:38)
5. The Scarecrow (2:07)
6. Apples and oranges (3:01)
7. It would be so nice (3:39)
8. Paint box (3:27)
9. Julia dream (2:28)
10. See Emily Play (2:50)

Total Time 29:40

Line-up / Musicians

- Syd Barret / guitars, vocals
- Roger Waters / bass, vocals
- Richard Wright / keyboards, vocals
- Nick Mason / drums

Releases information

Released in a few European countries in 1974, most songs are from singles, exept those marked with a *. Labeled "vol 1" but no second volume was ever released.

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PINK FLOYD Masters Of Rock Vol. 1 ratings distribution

(70 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (23%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

PINK FLOYD Masters Of Rock Vol. 1 reviews

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Review by Cluster One
2 stars Released only on vinyl as an LP in the mid-seventies, this little known compilation by the FLOYD is out of print and fairly rare to find. Containing almost essentially the same songs as that found on "The Early Singles" bonus CD in the 1992 "Shine On" Boxset, this release is purely for collectors and completely non-essential.

The only difference from the aforementioned "Early Singles" CD is that "Masters of Rock Vol. 1" has two "Piper At The Gates of Dawn" songs, 'Matilda Mother' and 'Chapter 24' instead of the much superior and harder to find 'Point me At The Sky' and 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene'.

For collecting purposes this is great to have, but if you're looking for an 'early' FLOYD compilation, go and pick up the more appreciated fan favourite "Relics".

Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars This is insanity !

I already mentioned on my review for "Best Of Pink Floyd" released in 1970 that I was going to post the same review for "Masters Of Rocks" not to count one more review but only with the purpose that this fact will have more exposure amongst Floyd fans.


This scandalous "thing" was already released in 1970 with another cover still with Syd unfeatured under the title of : "Best Of Pink Floyd".

The track list of this "compilation" is rather poor. It consists more of B-sides, poor album number (from "Piper") and some great hit singles than anythong else.

I know how David and Roger were close to Syd, so how could have they accepted such a thing ? I have no clue. This should deserve zero star for this scandalous approach, but since it is not possible I will raise my rating to one star.

Avoid this one like pest.

RIP Syd.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars A rare 30 minute blast of Prog Rock's finest sees the Floyd machine banging out one old psych nugget after another. The rarity of the vinyl is the only drawcard as the songs are not the band at their best by any stretch of the imagination. Chapter 24, Mathilda Mother, come from the debut, and then Arnold Layne, Candy And A Current Bun and The Scarecrow are perhaps the most well known from the follow up.

The songs are well known and not rare at all but the packaging is. Julia dream and See Emily Play are the highlights for me though this is a raw unrefined Pink Floyd. The compilation has Barrett's batty banter looming over proceedings. The album comes in many packages, various sleeves and track orders but really this is a treasure from the 70s vault and only for collectors who must have anything associated with the band.

Latest members reviews

4 stars A better comilation than Relics, although it's missing "Biding My Time" and the studio version of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene." I had Masters of Rock Vol. 1 on vinyl (as far as I know, it hasn't been released on CD), and it's a joy to listen to. Even though it repeats a few tracks from Pi ... (read more)

Report this review (#699147) | Posted by 7headedchicken | Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars When I bought this album in the early 90's it was far more sought after due to the fact it was one of the few ways you could obtain Syd's "Apples and Oranges" without searching for the single or dealing with dodgy bootlegs. As this track and most of the single tracks are now officially availab ... (read more)

Report this review (#377508) | Posted by KMacNutt | Monday, January 10, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A Rock Artifact Prior to being eclipsed by th 1992 box Shine On Pink Floyd`s lead-off installment in EMIs Masters Of Rock series was signifigant back in `74 when it was first issued. Obviously trying to cash in on the success of Dark Side Of The Moon it introduced fans who had probably missed ... (read more)

Report this review (#217419) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Friday, May 22, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I had waited years to hear Apples and Oranges and when I finally tracked it down on this release it was a major disappointment. Relics is a better selection than this although it certainly brings together a few of the rare early pink Floyd tracks. This record is also extremely short even by th ... (read more)

Report this review (#101630) | Posted by burgersoft777 | Tuesday, December 5, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I have a vinyl copy made by Emi Italy. It's a record you must have. It shows what Pink Floyd were with Barret. Withuot him they were another band. For me Pink Floyd history ends with their first album. In this compilation you find only jewels. If you find it, buy as soon as you can. ... (read more)

Report this review (#40800) | Posted by | Friday, July 29, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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