1967: The First Three Singles

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1967: The First Three Singles
1967 Singles Sampler.jpg
EP by
Released 4 August 1997
Recorded 1967 at Sound Techniques and Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 17:39
Language English
Label EMI
Producer Joe Boyd and Norman Smith
Pink Floyd chronology
London '66–'67
(1995)
1967: The First Three Singles
(1997)
Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81
(2000)

The 1967 Singles Sampler, or 1967: The First Three Singles, is a compilation album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released in 1997 as a limited edition CD to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band.

Contents

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

1967: The First Three Singles contains digitally remastered versions of all three of the band's 7" singles from 1967, mostly written by then-frontman Syd Barrett, presented in their original 7" mono mixes.[2] The album cover features a collage of the original three single sleeves.

Singles reception

"Arnold Layne," released on 11 March 1967, reached #20 in the charts,[3] while "See Emily Play," released 16 June 1967, made it to #6,[4] their highest charting single in the UK until the release of "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" in 1979. Conversely, "Apples and Oranges," released 18 November 1967, was largely overlooked, with Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters blaming its poor sales on bad production.[5][6]

Other appearances

With the exception of "Candy and a Currant Bun" and "Scarecrow," all tracks were previously compiled on the Pink Floyd compilation album Relics in 1971 (albeit with some mixing variations). The duophonic mixes of "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" from Relics would later resurface on the 1983 compilation Works. The proper mono mixes of these two tracks would later appear on Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd in 2001, with the latter reappearing on The Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot in the Door in 2011.

The original mono mixes of all six of these songs were first compiled on The Early Singles, a bonus disc in the 1992 Shine On box set. They would later be issued again on the three-disc, 40th anniversary edition of Piper at the Gates of Dawn in 2007, with "Scarecrow" appearing on the album and the other five tracks appearing on the third disc.

Track listing

All tracks written by Syd Barrett, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Arnold Layne" 2:55
2. "Candy and a Currant Bun" 2:46
3. "See Emily Play" 2:54
4. "Scarecrow" 2:09
5. "Apples and Oranges" 3:05
6. "Paint Box" (Richard Wright) 3:47

Personnel

Pink Floyd
Additional personnel

References

  1. ^ 1967: The First Three Singles at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Pink Floyd - 1967 / The First 3 Singles". Discogs. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ "UK chart info for "Arnold Layne"". Chart Stats. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  4. ^ "UK chart info for "See Emily Play"". Chart Stats. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  5. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas (2005). "Interstellar Overdrive". Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey (New ed.). London: Helter Skelter. p. 98. ISBN 1-905139-09-8.
  6. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "The Underground". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 43. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
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