Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs

Syd Barrett	 - The Madcap Laughs
Syd Barrett	 - The Madcap Laughs
Format: Vinyl (LP) 
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Label (Code): Harvest (0825646310791)
Special Attributes: Glossy & Gatefold cover
Release Date: 06/2014 (1970)
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"At their best, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett can be entrancing. Against muted backdrops that suggest a warmer, more bucolic answer to the Pink Floyd’s epic psychedelia, Barrett strums a guitar and gently sing-speaks lyrics that combine nursery-rhyme innocence with nightmare visions" (

Wisely, The Madcap Laughs doesn't even try to sound like a consistent record. Half the album was recorded by Barrett's former bandmates Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour, and the other half by Harvest Records head Malcolm Jones. Surprisingly, Jones' tracks are song for song much stronger than the more-lauded Floyd entries. The opening "Terrapin" seems to go on three times as long as its five-minute length, creating a hypnotic effect through Barrett's simple, repetitive guitar figure and stream of consciousness lyrics. The much bouncier "Love You" sounds like a sunny little Carnaby Street pop song along the lines of an early Move single, complete with music hall piano, until the listener tries to parse the lyrics and realizes that they make no sense at all. The downright Kinksy"Here I Go" is in the same style, although it's both more lyrically direct and musically freaky, speeding up and slowing down seemingly at random. The solo tracks are what made the album's reputation, though, particularly the horrifying "Dark Globe," a first-person portrait of schizophrenia that's seemingly the most self-aware song this normally whimsical songwriter ever created (More info:

Track list

A1 Terrapin         
A2 No Good Trying         
A3 Love You         
A4 No Man's Land         
A5 Dark Globe         
A6 Here I Go         

B1 Octopus         
B2 Golden Hair         
B3 Long Gone         
B4 She Took A Long Cold Look        
B5 Feel        
B6 If It's In You        
B7 Late Night  

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