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Syd Barrett

Barrett

    'On his second solo album, Barrett was joined by Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and Pink Floyd members Rick Wright (organ) and Dave Gilmour (guitar). Gilmour and Wright acted as producers as well. Instrumentally, the result is a bit fuller and smoother than the first album, although it's since been revealed that Gilmour and Wright embellished these songs as best they could without much involvement from Barrett, who was often unable or unwilling to perfect his performance. The songs, however, are just as fractured as on his debut, if not more so. "Baby Lemonade," "Gigolo Aunt," and the nursery rhyming "Effervescing Elephant" rank among his peppiest and best-loved tunes. Elsewhere, the tone is darker and more meandering. It was regarded as something of a charming but unfocused throwaway at the time of its release, but Barrett's singularly whimsical and unsettling vision holds up well'. - All Music.

    Syd Barrett

    Opel

      'For several years, the existence of "lost" material by Syd Barrett had been speculated about by the singer's vociferous cult, fueled by numerous patchy bootlegs of intriguing outtakes. The release of Opel lived up to, and perhaps exceeded, fans' expectations. With 14 tracks spanning 1968 to 1970, including six alternate takes and eight songs that had never been officially released in any form, it is equally as essential as his two 1970 LPs. The tone is very much in keeping with his pair of solo albums; ragged, predominantly acoustic, melodic, and teetering on the edge of dementia. At the same time, it's charming and lyrically pungent, with Barrett's inimitable sense of childlike whimsy. The production is generally more minimal than on his other albums, even bare-bones at times, but if anything, this adds to the music's stark power. Highlights are the lengthy brooding title track, the multi-layered swirl of "Swan Lee," the alternate take of "Dark Globe" (with much better, more restrained vocals than the previous version), and the exuberant, infectious "Milky Way." Meticulous liner notes and excellent sound complete this lovingly archival package'. - All Music. 

      Wire

      Chairs Missing

      1978's "Chairs Missing" represented perhaps the biggest conceptual leap made during Wire's time on Harvest, and it remains, to the band and production crew Wire's favourite 70s album. If "Pink Flag" proposed an almost cut and paste approach to deconstructing rock history "Chairs Missing" proposed something more radical, a definite futurism with much less influence from it's antecedents. It was at once more stark and more lush than it's predecessor and has exerted it's own influence on the course of cultural history having laid down one of the earliest (if not the earliest) blueprints for the genuinely post-punk aesthetic. Includes arguably the best Wire song ever: "Outdoor Miner".

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      CD Info: Remastered reissue.

      Kevin Ayers

      Joy Of A Toy

        After leaving Soft Machine in 1969 Kevin Ayres returned from composing new songs in Ibiza to London to record sessions that eventually became his classic debut album "Joy Of A Toy". It's his characteristically eccentric mix of lyrical ballad ("Lady Rachel"), the psychedelic ("Stop This Train (Again Doing It)" with a mad organ solo from Mike Ratledge) and on "Song For Insane Times" true progressive rock with the Soft Machine providing the backing track. This remastered edition now features six rare tracks including the long lost session featuring Syd Barrett on guitar on Ayers's aborted debut single "Religious Experience (Singing A Song In The Morning)".

        Barclay James Harvest

        BBC In Concert

        The legendary "BBC In Concert" broadcast from 1972 by symphonic prog rockers Barclay James Harvest comes as a limited edition double CD with mono and stereo versions. It includes some of their most famous songs "Mocking Bird" and "Galadriel" amongst them. BJH and a full orchestra, conducted by Martyn Ford. Radio 1 In Concert, recorded 16.11.72 at the Paris Theatre, Lower Regent Street, London. Oh and you get a Harvet label badge too. Nuff said.

        Barclay James Harvest

        Mocking Bird : The Best Of The Harvest Years

        This compilation covers the early Harvest label period of the bands career and has by far the bands best pieces: "Mocking Bird", "After the Day" and "She Said" to name but three.

        The Edgar Broughton Band

        Out Demons Out! The Best Of....

        Live the Edgar Broughton Band brought their brand of Beefheartesque blues rock to heights they rarely acheived on record but this excellently compiled collection really does have some great songs and for once there are no real omissions this really is the only Broughton album you'll need.


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