One of the main components to Pink Floyd during their startup years on through to the recording of their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). Although his contribution to that album was small, he left behind such a legacy that he was often admired by other Rock luminaries of the time. After his departure from Pink Floyd, he recorded a solo effort, The Madcap Laughs, which was eventually released in 1970. It provided interest among the Pink Floyd faithful although it hardly lit much of a fire beneath the mass record buying public. Shortly after the debut release, Barrett’s second – and last – solo album, Barrett, was released. It was produced by David Gilmour, and Richard Wright.
Not long afterwards, a streamlined volume appeared called Syd Barrett. Released in 1974, it contained both original albums in a 2-fer package in the hopes to create an interest in Barrett given the attention lavished on him from Pink Floyd via their album, The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973). Much later, a collected set of unreleased songs and alternate takes recorded during he sessions for his two solo sets was released. Issued in 1988, Opel seems to complete a a full run of Barrett offerings outside the womb of Pink Floyd.
In late Spring, Legacy Recordings reissued the three Barrett essentials as digital downloads. Now, for those that still have an interest in Syd Barrett and his music, Legacy Recordings will be reissuing the three albums on CD.
On November 25, you’ll be able to acquire The Madcap Laughs, Barrett, and Opel on CD.
The juggernaut known as Pink Floyd is not even close to being finished although their recording together as a band ceased long, long ago. That includes the avid interest in the once prominent member of the band, Syd Barrett. As they say, Shine on, you crazy diamond.