Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
If my memory serves me correctly, this was the second Pink Floyd record I ever got, second hand, the first being a second hand copy of “Atom Heart Mother”. Fashionable thought changed quickly in those days, 1970-71, and we schoolboys had little cash to play with. It was easy to wait until things were no longer cool and then buy them cheaply, for £1 or £2; but bear in mind that £2 represented 3 weeks newspaper delivering then.
I think this one of the rarest records I have. It is the only Pink Floyd LP to feature Syd Barrett as a full member of the band other than “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn”. It was manufactured in Holland.
The tracks on it are not special, unique or particularly rare:
Mathilda mother [sic: not “Matilda Mother”]
Arnold layne [sic: not “Arnold Layne”]
Candy and a current bun [sic: just one capital letter]
The scarecrow [sic: not “Scarecrow”]
Apples and oranges
It would be so nice
See Emily play [sic]
The first two tracks are from “Piper…”, and the rest are all the A and B sides of all the singles released by the band while Syd Barrett was the main man in it. What I found odd about it, and still find odd, is that it was released in 1969, as is apparent from the back cover:
Four albums are here advertised, the latest being “Umma Gumma”, which was released in 1969; but Syd Barrett only appeared on one and a bit of them; so why did a “Best of” LP limit itself to that original 4 man band?
I mentioned in an earlier post that loads of photos of Pink Floyd exist; I end this post with a closing selection of that extraordinary original group: