- Unreleased Pink Floyd
yd Barrett-era unreleased songs
"Lucy Leave" is one of the first songs of
Pink Floyd. It was written in 1965 by Syd Barrettand was recorded in late 1965 from the original line-up of Pink Floyd - Barrett, Bob Klose, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. At that time, Pink Floyd was called "Architectural Abdabs". This song is not part of any official single or album. The only known recording is a rare demo version of the song, which can be found on various bootleg recordings. This song was recently released in the mini-CD that came with the book "A Fish Out of Water".
Several other bands have covered the song, including The Wellwater Conspiracy and
Pink Stainless Tail.
(I'm A) King Bee
(I'm A) King Bee" is one of the first songs recorded by Pink Floyd. It was written by blues musician Slim Harpoand was recorded by Pink Floyd in late 1965 by the original line-up: Syd Barrett, Bob Klose, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. This song is not part of any official single or album. The only known recording is a rare demo version of the song, which can be found on various bootleg recordings. This song was recently released in the mini-CD that came with the book "A Fish Out of Water".
Double O Bo
"Double O Bo" is one of four songs recorded by
Pink Floydduring the sessions in 1965 when they also recorded Lucy Leave, (I'm A) King Bee, and Butterfly. It was written by Syd Barrett, and has yet to see official release.
The song's title describes its influences: "
Bo Diddleymeets the 007 theme."cite book |title= Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd |first=Nick |last=Mason |authorlink=Nick Mason |pages=p. 26]
"Butterfly" (aka Flutter By Butterflycite book |title=Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett & the Dawn of Pink Floyd |first=Mike |last=Watkinson |coauthors=Pete Anderson |pages=p. 32] ) is one of four songs recorded by
Pink Floydin the sessions in 1965 where they recorded Lucy Leave, (I'm A) King Bee, and Double O-Bo.cite book |title= Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd |first=Nick |last=Mason |authorlink=Nick Mason |pages=p. 26] It was written by Syd Barrett, and has yet to see official release.
You're the Reason Why
"You're The Reason Why" is a 1965 song written by Richard Wright. It has not been released officially.
Syd Barrettsong written in 1966. Very little is known about the song, apart from its opening line "Sitting Here All Alone/I Get Stoned". The song may have been performed by the band, but it was never recorded.
In the Beechwoods
"In the Beechwoods" is a 1967 song written by
Syd Barrett. The song is 4 minutes and 47 seconds and it has yet to see official release. In The Beechwoods is an extremely rare song and is only available on a few bootlegs including the ten disc set, "Have You Got It Yet". According to Nick Mason, "In The Beechwoods" was written right after the single, "See Emily Play", came out.
Reaction in G
"Reaction in G", sometimes referred to as "Stoned Alone", is a song performed by the
Syd Barrettera Pink Floydin 1967. The song itself was performed as a cynical response to audiences and promoters pressuring Pink Floyd to play their hit singles (such as Arnold Layneand See Emily Play), rather than the long, free-form jams they preferred at the time.
"No Title" is the backing track of an unreleased Syd Barrett song that was recorded by Pink Floyd at Sound Techniques in September of 1967. It has not officially been released but the first 90 seconds of the 5 minute recording is available on various bootlegs. The title "Sunshine" is only used on bootlegs, and the piece itself never had a title.
he Was A Millionaire
"She Was A Millionaire" is a Syd Barrett song, originally planned a possible follow-up single to
See Emily Play, and announced as such in July 1967. It is described as one of Syd's best songs by those who remember it, the song is in 3/4 time,and it's opening lines were "She Was A Millionaire/She Had Some Time To Spare". It was never completed by Pink Floyd, and the master tapes for the song no longer exist, however elements from the song would later become part of Syd's solo song "Opel", and "She Was A Millionaire" would be attempted by Syd again during the sessions for the Barrettalbum in 1970. But once again the song wasn't completed in a releasable form, although this version still exists in EMI's tape archive.
One in a Million
"One in a Million", also known by the titles "Rush in a Million", "Once in a Million", "Rust in a Million", and "Brush Your Window" is an early song written by
Roger Waters. It was written in 1967 and was apparently recorded on time at the concert, Copenhagenon September 13, 1967, by the Syd Barrettled lineup: Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. This song is not part of any official CD but is available on the Pink Floyd bootleg, "Starclub Psycho". It appears that the song was never attempted in the studio.
"Vegetable Man" is a song recorded from October 9-12 1967, and was an attempt to record a follow-up single to "
See Emily Play", as well as the beginning of sessions for the album which would eventually become " A Saucerful of Secrets". Among the songs considered were " Paint Box", " Scream Thy Last Scream", " Jugband Blues" and "Apples and Oranges". The latter was chosen for the single release with "Paint Box" as the B-Side and "Jugband Blues" appearing on their next album " A Saucerful of Secrets". To date, the song (along with "Scream Thy Last Scream") has not had an official release. Peter Jennercalled it "a song Syd wrote describing himself as he sat in the room of the studio". Many cite it as a document of Syd's monumental breakdown as a recording artist and as a person. Jenner wanted the song to be released on the Syd Barrett rarities album "Opel", however the band blocked its inclusion.
Soft Boysrecorded a version of the song, which is included as a bonus track on the Attic RecordsCanadian release of their album Underwater Moonlight, as well as on a later CD version of the same album. Also, the Scottish band The Jesus And Mary Chaincovered "Vegetable Man" on their early demo tapes, as well as their debut single "Upside Down", released on Creation Records.
cream Thy Last Scream
"Scream Thy Last Scream" is an attempt by
Syd Barrettto record a follow-up single to See Emily Play. It was recorded in the same sessions as Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, on August 7-8th 1967.The song is noted for a number of changes in tempo, a sped-up double-tracked vocal part by Barrett, while drummer Nick Masonsimultaneously sings the normal part (one of the rare moments he ever sang on a Floyd record),Mason, Nick. "Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd" (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004) ISBN 978-0-29784-387-0.] an instrumental section that continually increases in speed featuring wah-wah guitar solos and keyboards, and surreal lyrics. Syd Barrett is only clearly audible on one line in the song, "she'll be scrubbing bubbles on all fours."
A final studio cut of "Scream Thy Last Scream" was completed along with a somewhat different BBC radio version and even some live recordings. All are widely available on bootleg recordings.
An unreleased instrumental, recorded in October 1967. It has never even been released on bootleg.
John Latham, Speak, 1962, colour, sound, 11m
"Latham's second attack on the cinema. Not since Len Lye's films in the thirties has England produced such a brilliant example of animated abstraction. Speak is animated in time rather than space. It is an exploration in the possibilities of a circle which speaks in colour with blinding volume. Speak burns its way directly into the brain. It is one of the few films about which it can truly be said, "it will live in your mind.""
(Ray Durgnat, London Film-Makers' Co-operative distribution catalogue, 1968)
"In 1966 Pink Floyd were playing their free-form, experimental rock at the Talbot Road Tabernacle (a church hall), Powis Square, Notting Hill Gate. On several occasions, Latham projected his film Speak as the group played. Since the film had a powerful flicker effect, the result was equivalent to strobe lighting Film and music ran in parallel - there was no planned synchronization. Thinking to combine movie and music more systematically, Latham asked Pink Floyd to supply a soundtrack. The band agreed and a recording session took place. The artist explained that he wanted music that would take account of the strong, rhythmical pulse of the film. This the acid rock group proved unable or unwilling to provide; consequently, the association was terminated. A soundtrack was eventually added to one print of Speak: Latham placed a contact mike on the floor to pick up the beat of a motor (rhythm) driving a circular saw (musical note) while it was being used to saw up books (percussion and bending note) The film reaches a tremendous climax as the increasingly harsh whine of the electric saw combines with the frenetic sequence of images and flashes of light."
(John A. Walker, John Latham - The Incidental Person - His Art and Ideas, 1995)
Have You Got It, Yet?
"Have You Got It, Yet?" is an unreleased song written by
Syd Barrettduring the short time in which Pink Floydwas a five-piece. At the time, David Gilmourhad been asked to join as a fifth member and second guitarist, while Barrett, whose mental state and difficult nature were creating issues with the band, was intended to remain home and compose songs, much as Brian Wilsonhad done for The Beach Boys.
Barrett's unpredictable behaviour at the time and idiosyncratic sense of humour combined to create a song that, initially, seemed like an ordinary Barrett tune. However, as soon as the others attempted to join in and learn the song, Barrett changed the melodies and structure, making it impossible for the others to follow, while singing the chorus "Have you got it yet?" This would be his last attempt to write material for Pink Floyd before leaving the band. In fact,
Roger Watersstated, in an interview for " The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story", that upon realising Syd was deliberately making the tune impossible to learn, he put down his bass guitar, left the room, and never attempted to play with Syd again. In telling the story, Waters hummed and sang what he remembered of the chorus, which may be the only clue fans have as to what the song sounded like.
Post-Syd Barrett songs
"Moonhead", sometimes known as "Trip on Mars", is an unreleased song played by the
BBCin between broadcast coverage of the Apollo moon landing on July 20, 1969. The BBC called this programme "But what if it's made of green cheese?" The song was written in 1969 for this specific purpose and has never been released or performed live. It can be found on various bootleg recordings.
"Seabirds" is a song written by
Roger Watersfor the soundtrack to the film More (film). While the song is used in the actual film, during a party scene, it does not appear on the soundtrack album (which was released as a full Pink Floyd album). It can be found on bootleg recordings, but is generally very rare.
"Hollywood" is a song written and recorded in 1969. It was intended to be included in the soundtrack for the film More, but was cut from both the film and the soundtrack album. It can very rarely be found on bootleg recordings.
"Pink Blues" is a song that was recorded in 1971. It has yet to see official release but has been released on various bootleg recordings.
"Oenone"/"Fingals Cave" are actually two songs that were written for the film
Zabriskie Pointbut never released. The songs are commonly stuck together and are usually only heard in this format, generally on bootleg recordings. "Fingal's cave" takes its name from a geographical feature, Fingal's Cave.
The Merry Xmas Song
"The Merry Xmas Song" is a song written by
Nick Masonfor a one-off joke performance on BBC radio. It is notable as the fourth song of only four Pink Floydsongs to feature Mason on vocals (the first was Syd Barrett's Scream Thy Last Scream, also unreleased, the second was Corporal Cleggand the third was One of These Days). It can be found on a number of bootleg recordings, but is generally considered very rare.
Written by Roger Waters, the song is about the bad experience Pink Floyd had after agreeing to appear in magazine advertisements for a bitter lemon drink called "Gini". Lyrically, the song describes Roger Waters selling his soul in the desert. The song is also known as "How Do You Feel?".
Drift Away Blues
"Drift Away Blues" is a
bluesimprovisation that was played live on 6 July 1977 as an encore, picked in response to an aggressive audience. Roger Waters introduced the song by telling the audience that "since we can't play any of our songs, here's some music to go home to." Allegedly, David Gilmour was upset at this and slipped off the stage rather than play. It appears on the "Azimuth Coordinator Part 3" bootleg.
"Overture" is a song that was written by
Roger Watersfor The Wall movie. Pink Floyddecided not to include the song and it is unknown if it was ever recorded.
Peace Be With You
"Peace Be With You", was written by David Gilmour, as a farewell to the recently departed Roger Waters. It was recorded during the sessions for
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, but was not included on the album due to the lawsuits that were going on at the time between Waters and his formers bandmates. It is said to be one of the better Pink Floyd songs written after Roger Waters left the band, but it was never bootlegged.
Live at Montreux Casino
"Pink Floyd Live at Montreux Casino" is a currently unreleased live double disk acetate
EP. The double album contains performances from shows which took place on the 21 and 22 November 1970, at the Casino De Montreux in Montreux, Switzerland. The EP was intended as a promotional marketing tool and it entered the collectors market in the late 1980s. A longer version of the recording was released on the "Smoking Blues" bootleg, including performances of " Fat Old Sun", " Atom Heart Mother Suite", and " Cymbaline". [ [http://pinkfloydhyperbase.dk/unreleased/index.html Unrealesed Live Albums and songs] ]
Astronomy Domine" (Barrett) 10:35
More Blues" (Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason) 9:17
#"The Embryo" (Waters) 13:09
#"Just another 12 bar" (Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason) 5:30
#Interview with David Gilmour (conducted in French)
After the success of "
The Dark Side of the Moon", the band were unsure of their future direction and worried about how they would be able to top that record's huge popularity. In a return to their experimental beginnings, they began work on a project entitled "Household Objects", which would consist of songs played literally on household appliances. Instruments consisted of old hand mixers, rubber bands stretched between two tables, wine glasses, etc. However, the planned album was soon shelved after the band decided that it was just easier and better to play the songs on actual musical instruments. No finished recordings of these sessions exist, however some of the recorded effects were put to use on "Wish You Were Here"
The Big Spliff
An album of
Ambient Musicrecorded during the sessions for The Division Bell. The band seriously considered releasing itFact|date=October 2008, but the idea was abandoned.
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