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The Madcap Laughs

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Syd Barrett's first studio album

Syd Barrett's first solo studio album.  David Gilmour, Roger Waters and members of Soft Machine worked on several of the tracks.      Track List: 1. Terrapin 2. No Good Trying 3. Love You 4. No Man's Land 5. Dark Globe … see full wiki

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Syd's first solo album.

  • Aug 12, 2009
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Syd Barrett in 1968 set out to record some tracks for a solo album.  His erratic behavior drove the producers and studio musicians bonkers.  He would constantly change notes and record several different versions of the same song. It took almost two years to release the album.  Syd would often disappear for long periods of time. Members of Soft Machine and Syd's former Pink Floyd band mates David Gilmour and Roger Waters also assisted in producing and playing on the album.  The lyrics are very haunting and Syd's really into the recording.  My favorite tracks are Octopus (a whimsical song).
No Good Trying (a haunting psychedelic song). Golden Hair (Syd's adaptation of a James Joyce poem).  An excellent album and if you enjoy Pink Floyd or psychedelic music i highly recommend the album.  Syd Barrett only made two albums but he left an impact on a lot of musicians.

Track listing

"Terrapin" – 5:04

"No Good Trying" – 3:27

"Love You" – 2:29

"No Man's Land" – 3:03

"Dark Globe" – 2:02

"Here I Go" – 3:13

"Octopus" – 3:48

"Golden Hair" – 2:00 (Barrett, Joyce)

"Long Gone" – 2:50

"She Took a Long Cold Look" – 2:06

"Feel" – 2:36

"If It's In You" – 1:57

"Late Night" – 3:12

All songs written by Syd Barrett (except Golden Hair)
Syd Barrett vocals and guitar
David Gilmour bass and 12 strring guitar
Roger Waters bass
Soft Machine plays on No Good Trying and Love You.

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Release Date: January 3, 1970
Label: Harvest, EMI
Artist: Syd Barrett

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