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Syd Barrett : Wouldn't You Miss Me? (The Best Of...)
You can't help thinking what might have been had he been able to hold himself together.
LSD - was shot to pieces.
The material on this new compilation is taken from the
two albums ('The Madcap Laughs' and 'Barrett') he recorded in the aftermath, and features the bonus of one previously unreleased track (the whimsical 'Bob Dylan Blues'). It also offers a reminder that these sessions yielded some of the rawest and most poignant music ever committed to tape, not least because it's basically the sound of someone having a nervous breakdown right in front of you.
Compared with the expansive effects-heavy sound that Barrett pioneered with Pink Floyd, the songs here are sparse and haphazard. Their naive, structures and fractured guitar parts are only saved by the sheer vulnerability in his voice. It's a frequently beautiful - albeit unsettling - experience, and you can't help thinking what might have been had he been able to hold himself together.
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