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3.11 | 80 ratings | 9 reviews | 20% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Arnold Layne (2:55)
2. Candy and a Currant Bun (2:46)
3. See Emily Play (2:54)
4. Scarecrow (2:09)
5. Apples and Oranges (3:05)
6. Paintbox (3:47)

Total Time 17:39

Line-up / Musicians

- Syd Barrett / guitar, vocals
- Nick Mason / drums
- Roger Waters / bass, vocals
- Richard Wright / organ, piano

Releases information

CD EMI CDEMD 1117 (1997)

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PINK FLOYD 1967: The First Three Singles ratings distribution

(80 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

PINK FLOYD 1967: The First Three Singles reviews

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Review by frenchie
3 stars Sydorama! This is a neat collectors package. The songs here are really decent and are classic Syd fronted Pink Floyd tunes. However this compilation is under twenty minutes long and there are really only 2 tracks that most floydians wouldn't have heard much of before, ("Candy and a Current Bun" and "Apples and Oranges"). This collection is limited yet only full of great tunes. Definitely not an essential item but those who do get this will be pleased i expect.
Review by Cluster One
2 stars Good little Mono Singles compilation from the Floyd, but what is on here that you can't find on "The Early Singles" disc from the "Shine On" Boxset? If you don't own "The Early Singles", then maybe this short 20 minute offering is of more interest to you, as three of the songs on here are pretty tough to find elsewhere. 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play' however are not and are found on almost every Floyd compilation ever produced! 'Scarecrow' can easily be found on "Piper".

This product was released in a flimsy cardboard gatefold sleeve (like a little LP gatefold sleeve) and while of interest to collectors, the inside artwork is cheesy, as is the CD artwork. Seems like just another moneymaking venture by EMI Records...

Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars Like so many progheads on this site I grew up with the Pink Floyd albums "Dark side of the moon", "Wish you were here", "Animals" and "The wall". In the late Eighties I discovered the beauty from the Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd because of a friend who was very much into the Sixties. In fact you cannot compare the music from the late Sixties PF and the mid- Seventies PF, there are hardly similarities.

This special CD showcases the talents from Syd Barrett and the exciting and unique blend of pop, rock and psychedelia from The Pink Floyd. The contribution from Syd Barrett is huge: catchy, melodic, tasteful and varied compositions ("Candy and a currant bun" is clocking only 2.46 but what a compelling atmosphere and great shifting mood!), pleasant and distinctive vocals, simple but strong guitar work (R&R inspired) and humorous but sometimes also a bit weird lyrics. The rhythm- section sounds creative and often propulsive and a special flavor is added by the psychedelic sounding organplay, many times halfway culminating into short but excellent soli.


Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is a nice small packet with the early Syd Barrett era songs, which were originally released as vinyl singles. Many of these tracks are available on other compilations too, so one should consider carefully what albums are ideal to buy in order to avoid getting different albums with same songs. For example, if you have the studio releases as vinyl albums, this could be an easy choice to get the related singles cheaply on a CD. These original vinyl singles have reached unbelievable prices in the markets, hundreds, even over thousand euros. The first two singles are the best in my opinion. "Arnold Layne" is a silly story about a transvestite who steals his drag outfits from the clothes lines during the nights. The B-side song's name "Candy and a Currant Bun" was first named as "Let's Roll Another", but the record company didn't buy it. "See Emily Play" is truly a brilliant psych song, also having a sexual theme in lyrics referring to mysteries of feminine masturbation. The overall mood of the song is hazy and dreamlike, one of the band's greatest achievements. The B-side is a cut from "Piper at The Gates of Dawn" album then.
Review by memowakeman
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2 stars Psychedelic pop Rock Barrettīs Era!

Pink Floyd : The First 3 Singles, as you can imagine is somthing like a compillation of some of their earliest tunes, when Syd Barrett was the lyricist, guitarist, singer and leader of the band. Because of that, here you will find 6 Barrettīs songs, except for "paintbox" which was written by Wright.

All these songs were done in the late 1967 , in that period when "Interestellar Overdrive" was a psychedelic hymn, 15 minutes of acid sound, but these songs are not in the same way, the songs here are more pop oriented of course with the classic psychedelic sound. all of them are short songs, (in fact the albumīs lenght is less than 20 minutes), with crazy and at the same time beautiful lyrics, musically is not the best of Pink Floyd of course, but here we can appreciate their earliest works, their earliest ideas, their unique 1967 sound.

Musically i have nothing more to say, short songs, my particular favorite is "Candy and a Currant Bun", i like it so much, it has a very special sound, with great tnes and that acid and insane guitar and keys as a background, "Arnold Lane" and "See Emily Play" are both classic Floydīs songs, you can find them in "Relics" or "Echoes". If you are a new Floyd fan, i know that probably you love them because of DarkSide, The Wall or Wish You, but if youīre a real fan, then try this album,and you will know that particual and early Pink Floyd sound.

I like it, but i recommend it only for fans, maybe prog lovers could enjoy it, but itīs not that good, thatīs why i think 2 stars is good for this album. Only for Fans.! But Good!

Latest members reviews

4 stars These are a few of my favorite things. We are no longer looking at stuff that's mostly from the mold of "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn", in case if you were curious about the band's musical direction at the time. We are now looking at somewhat more normal material here. The band is really sti ... (read more)

Report this review (#701451) | Posted by Dayvenkirq | Friday, March 30, 2012 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Package of 6 songs from the days of Syd with Pink Floyd although the title makes it seem 3 songs are here. I would say this is my least favorite incarnation of the band. Way too much psychodelia for my taste. 4 of the songs here can be found on the original albums or in other packages. The exc ... (read more)

Report this review (#433634) | Posted by mohaveman | Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Review Permanlink

2 stars THE BARRETT DAYS This compilation by EMI joins 6 very enjoyable songs of the Barrett Era which contains the particular Early Floyd Sound in a very poppy way. Contrasting to their instrumental psychedelic epic "Interstellar Overdrive", these six songs barely reach the 17 minutes and have a ... (read more)

Report this review (#113068) | Posted by MadcapLaughs84 | Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Only something you would pick up if you are a Barrett or Floyd fan, although four of the tracks can be found in Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Relics, what makes this of interest to fans is Apples and Oranges and Candy and a Current Bun; neither of these two tracks impressed me that much, but ... (read more)

Report this review (#86396) | Posted by Cheesecakemouse | Thursday, August 10, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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