Sunday, May 3, 2009

Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (1970)

The Madcap Laughs is Syd Barrett's first solo album after being replaced in Pink Floyd by his old school friend David Gilmour. The title of the album comes from a line in the song Octopus. After leaving the group, Barrett began recording sessions with former Pink Floyd-turned-Syd Barrett manager Peter Jenner in May 1968. Although the sessions were brief, and they produced some fine material, the project was abandoned for almost a year while Barrett spent much of the year as a recluse. In April 1969, Malcolm Jones took over the project and Barrett began working on newer material, while reworking the 1968 recordings. Session musicians, namely, members of The Soft Machine, as well as Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley were also called in to augment Barrett's songs. It is still a mystery why Jones abandoned production responsibilities, at the end of May, so soon after having assumed them. Jones' recollections of the sessions are that he and Barrett got on well together and had in fact completed half of the album before the new producers took over. Roger Waters and David Gilmour were in the process of completing Pink Floyd's ambitious Ummagumma album when they got involved with The Madcap Laughs that July and helped Barrett finish his album, "in a two-day sprint" according to Rick Sanders author of Pink Floyd (Futura Publications, 1976). - Wikipedia

Syd Barrett - Guitar, Vocals
David Gilmour - Bass, Guitar
Roger Waters - Bass
Hugh Hopper - Bass
Mike Ratledge - Keyboards
Jerry Shirley - Drums
John Wilson - Drums
Robert Wyatt - Drums

1. Terrapin (5:04)
2. No Good Trying (3:27)
3. Love You (2:29)
4. No Man's Land (3:03)
5. Dark Globe (2:02)
6. Here I Go (3:13)
7. Octopus (3:48)
8. Golden Hair (2:00)
9. Long Gone (2:50)
10. She Took a Long Cold Look (2:06)
11. Feel (2:36)
12. If It's in You (1:57)
13. Late Night (3:12)


Coisa Feita said...