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Syd Barrett


Syd Barrett
I always liked and still like Syd Barrett’s music. I’m very fond of the early Floyd singles and the 1st Floyd album, which definitely is the ultimate Syd Barrett album, even more than his solo albums IMHO. 

Early Floyd and many other British late sixties bands almost ‘out-psychedelic-ed’ westcoast bands like the Dead and the Airplane.

I’m still a fan too of the subsequent ‘legacy’ albums like ‘Saucerful of Secrets’, ‘More’, ‘Ummagumma’, ‘Obscured by Clouds’, even ‘Atom Heart Mother’.

When the Floyd became a stadium rock band, I lost interest all together.

This youtube track ‘Jugband Blues’ is the closing song on ‘Saucerful’ and the interview with producer Norman Smith and Peter Banks sheds some light on how it was created.

Photo: yesterday.


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The Owl and the Nightingale


The Owl and the Nightingale
(Manchester University Press, 1972, edited by E.G.Stanley)
Photos: today.
The Owl and the Nightingale is a twelfth- or thirteenth-century Middle English poem detailing a debate between an owl and a nightingale as overheard by the poem’s narrator. It is the earliest example in Middle English of a literary form known as debate poetry (or verse contest).
(Manchester University Press, 1972)
In between lectures on “The Owl and the Nightingale’, back in my private heady days (say 1968-1972), I was buying Soft Machine Vol.1 & 2 or Anthems of the Sun, and Then Play On and so on and on: see photo.

Please notice that, in said halcyon days, I was an avid student of old-English literature too. To no avail. Uneasy match…

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