Syd Barrett (album)

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Syd Barrett
Compilation album by Syd Barrett
Released 14 November 1974
Recorded Abbey Road, May 1968 – July 1970
Genre Rock
Length 76:30
Label Harvest/EMI
Producer Syd Barrett, Peter Jenner, Malcolm Jones, Roger Waters and David Gilmour
Syd Barrett chronology
Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett:
The Peel Sessions

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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]

Syd Barrett is a 1974 double-album pairing of Syd Barrett's two solo albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, both originally released in the UK in 1970.


During the summer of 1965, Barrett had his first acid trip in the garden of his friend Dave Gale,[3][4] with Ian Moore and Storm Thorgerson.[3] While on the influence of the acid, Barrett had placed an orange, plum and a matchbox into a corner, while staring at the fruit, which he claimed symbolized "Venus and Jupiter".[3][4] Thorgerson used this imagery when he added these items to the cover of Syd Barrett.[3]


After the unexpectedly massive success of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, EMI re-issued the Barrett-era albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets as A Nice Pair in the hope that fans would be interested in the band's earlier work with Barrett. Once that was a success, primarily in the US where both albums had initially flopped, Syd Barrett was compiled to meet demand.[1]

As a result, The Madcap Laughs/Barrett (as it was titled in the US) made number 163,[1] giving Barrett his only US chart album.

Track listing

All songs by Syd Barrett, except where noted.

Disc 1 – The Madcap Laughs

Side one
  1. "Terrapin" – 5:04
  2. "No Good Trying" – 3:26
  3. "Love You" – 2:30
  4. "No Man's Land" – 3:03
  5. "Dark Globe" – 2:02
  6. "Here I Go" – 3:11
Side two
  1. "Octopus" – 3:47
  2. "Golden Hair" (Syd Barrett/James Joyce) – 1:59
  3. "Long Gone" – 2:50
  4. "She Took a Long Cold Look" – 1:55
  5. "Feel" – 2:17
  6. "If it's in You" – 2:26
  7. "Late Night" – 3:11

Disc 2 – Barrett

Side one
  1. "Baby Lemonade" – 4:11
  2. "Love Song" – 3:05
  3. "Dominoes" – 4:09
  4. "It is Obvious" – 3:00
  5. "Rats" – 3:02
  6. "Maisie" – 2:51
Side two
  1. "Gigolo Aunt" – 5:47
  2. "Waving My Arms in the Air" – 2:07
  3. "I Never Lied to You" – 1:52
  4. "Wined and Dined" – 2:59
  5. "Wolfpack" – 3:41
  6. "Effervescing Elephant" – 1:54


Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 163[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Thompson, Dave. "The Madcap Laughs/Barrett - Syd Barrett : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "CG: Syd Barrett". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Manning, Toby (2006). The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 17. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  4. ^ a b Chapman, Rob (2010). Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head (Paperback ed.). London: Faber. pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-0-571-23855-2. 
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