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Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (1970)

Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (1970)

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Side one
1. "Terrapin"   5:04
2. "No Good Trying"   3:26
3. "Love You"   2:30
4. "No Man's Land"   3:03
5. "Dark Globe"   2:02
6. "Here I Go"   3:11

Side two
7. "Octopus"    3:47
8. "Golden Hair"   1:59
9. "Long Gone"   2:50
10. "She Took a Long Cold Look"   1:55
11. "Feel"   2:17
12. "If It's in You"   2:26
13. "Late Night"   3:10

Total length: 37:47

Syd Barrett – acoustic and electric guitar, vocals, production
David Gilmour – bass guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, drums (on "Octopus"), production
Jerry Shirley – drums (track 4, 6)
Willie Wilson – drums
Robert Wyatt – drums (tracks 2, 3)
Hugh Hopper – bass guitar (tracks 2, 3)
Mike Ratledge – keyboards (tracks 2, 3)

The Madcap Laughs is the debut solo album by the English singer-songwriter Syd Barrett. It was recorded after Barrett had left Pink Floyd in April 1968. The album had a chequered recording history, with work beginning in mid-1968, but the bulk of the sessions taking place between April and July 1969, for which five different producers were credited − including Barrett, Peter Jenner (1968 sessions), Malcolm Jones (early-to-mid-1969 sessions), and fellow Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Roger Waters (mid-1969 sessions). Among the guest musicians are Willie Wilson from Gilmour's old band Jokers Wild and Robert Wyatt of the band Soft Machine.

The Madcap Laughs, released in January 1970 on Harvest in the UK but not released in the US until 1974, enjoyed minimal commercial success on release, reaching number 40 on the UK's official albums chart. It was re-released in 1974 as part of Syd Barrett (which contained The Madcap Laughs and Barrett), which saw the first US issue of the two LP's. The album was remastered and reissued in 1993, along with Barrett's other albums, Barrett (1970) and Opel (1988), independently and as part of the Crazy Diamond box set. A newly remastered version was released in 2010.

In the second half of 1967 and through to early 1968, when still part of Pink Floyd, Barrett's behaviour became increasingly erratic and unpredictable. Many report having seen him on stage with the group during this period, strumming on one chord through an entire concert or not playing at all. In August 1967, Pink Floyd were forced to cancel their appearance at the prestigious National Jazz and Blues Festival, informing the music press that Barrett was suffering from nervous exhaustion. Band manager Peter Jenner and bassist Roger Waters arranged for Barrett to see a psychiatrist (an appointment he failed to attend), while a stay on the Spanish island of Formentera with Sam Hutt, a doctor well established in the underground music scene, led to no visible improvement in Barrett's behaviour. A few dates in September were followed by the band's first tour of the United States. At this point, Barrett's condition grew steadily worse. At a show at The Fillmore in San Francisco, during a performance of "Interstellar Overdrive", Barrett slowly detuned his guitar; the audience seemed to enjoy such antics, unaware of the rest of the band's consternation. Sometime in October, Jenner transferred tapes of "In the Beechwoods", two takes of "Vegetable Man", and a 5-minute backing track called "No Title", which Jenner hoped Barrett would finish eventually.

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