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My favourite Pink Floyd album
Relics - Pink Floyd
Member Name: dangaroo
Relics - Pink Floyd
Advantages: Great range of styles, some early Barrett tracks
Disadvantages: Some tracks could be considered a bit wimpy sounding lol
I grew up listening to early Pink Floyd as it was my father's favourite era of the band and he was always playing albums that my mother described as "loony", Relics was one that I really grew to like and I still prefer the Syd Barrett stage of Pink Floyd to any other and this compilation released in 1971 features quite a few tracks from the extremely early time.
It's a very varied album with playful tracks with fun, innocent and almost childish qualities musically yet brave lyrics for the time like "Arnold Layne" (a track about a bloke who goes to prison for nicking women's underwear from washing lines) or "See Emily Play" (supposedly about LSD) or all out instrumentals like Interstellar Overdrive (awesome guitar riff) or the full out psychedelia of "Careful With That Axe Eugene".
There's also the unique love song "Bike" with odd and amusing lyrics and a mouse called Gerald, the dreamy hippyish "Julia Dream", the heavy "The Nile Song" and perhaps the track seemingly most out of place the jazz-rock infusion with poppy McCartney sounding Roger Waters vocals "Biding My Time"
For me my least favourite tracks on this album are the Nick Wright written "Remember A Day" and "Paintbox" - just a bit too weedy for me but it's a matter of taste and I'm sure it's many a hippy's favourites!
I think this is probably one of the best albums ever made and one of the appealing things about it is that unlike any other psychedelic band of the time, they have an extremely clear sound devoid of chaos and distortion. Between the bursts of powerful riff on Interstellar Overdrive, the song is ridiculously minimalistic for several minutes but it works exceptionally well.
1 Arnold Layne
2 Interstellar Overdrive
3 See Emily Play
4 Remember A Day
6 Julia Dream
7 Careful With That Axe Eugene
8 Cirrus Minor
9 Nile Song
10 Bidin' My Time
Summary: A classic album