Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pink Floyd - 1967: The First Three Singles

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The 1967 Singles Sampler, or 1967: The First Three Singles, is a limited edition compilation album by Pink Floyd which was released in 1997 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band. It features the bands first three singles and b sides, which were written mostly by their band leader, Syd Barrett. "Arnold Layne" reached number #20 in the charts while "See Emily Play" made it to number #6, their highest charting single in the U.K until the release of Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) in 1979. "Apples and Oranges" was largely overlooked, with Roger Waters blaming its poor sales on bad production. "Paintbox" had been released previously along with "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" on the Relics compilation album. "Scarecrow" also featured on the band's debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn". The album cover includes the original artwork which was found on each of the singles. 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play' both later appeared on the Echoes compilation album in 2001.
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01 - Arnold Layne 02 - Candy and a Currant Bun
03 - See Emily Play 04 - Scarecrow
05 - Apples and Oranges 06 - Paintbox
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"... "Arnold Layne" was the unmistakable first single released by Floyd about a man who stole laundry (or something like that) resulting in a 20 spot on UK charts. Then there's "See Emily Play" as probably one of the best 2:50 songs ever recorded. The rest of the tracks all contain the soaring, ultra-intense trademarks of psych rock that made Floyd so easy to fall in love with; anyone with an interest of delving into Floyd's earlier works and the unconditional brilliance of Syd Barrett should definitely start with this album. ... " (Lara ...)
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