Pink Floyd, Relics (1971)
One of the first Pink Floyd tapes I bought – so it was a bit of a head-fuck at first; lined up next to The Wall and A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. But shortly after – I persisted with Relics – I bought Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. And it all fell into place. In that sense Relics was formative – the bridge between the Syd Barrett-era and some of the curios before the excess of Dark Side and everything post-Dark Side; don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of the material from the Roger Waters and David Gilmour-led versions of the band (in fact I own all of it). But everything up to Dark Side is far more interesting for me now. And Relics is the perfect snapshot, a compilation of singles, B-sides and obtuse album tracks. I still see this as a great go-to for the early Floyd, even though I’m happy with all of the early albums and singles. And when I play this now, the LP’s been in my collection for a few years (half a dozen or so) I think of when I was having my mind blown at 12-13-14 years old listening to Cirrus Minor and Careful With That Axe Eugene and Interstellar Overdrive. Of course you can’t go wrong with See Emily Play and Arnold Layne and nowadays I gravitate more to the gentler, beguiling material. Julia Dream: excellent. And I love Paintbox. Superb song. Great compilation. Worth it for the Syd material, sure. But shows off more of Richard Wright too I reckon. And I like that. Always thought his contribution/s (as the best musician in the group) has been under-valued/underrated somewhat. Superb compilation. Love it.
Sample Track: Remember A Day
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