Relics Review

artist: pink floyd date: 07/25/2007 category: compact discs
pink floyd: Relics
Release Date: May 1971
Label: Capitol
Genres: Psychedelic, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, British Psychedelia, Album Rock
Number Of Tracks: 11
This CD is an essential part of the band's discography, not to be disregarded in lieu of its overlap with studio album material.
 Sound: 8.5
 Lyrics: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 8.5
 Overall rating:
 8.2 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.5 
 Users rating:
 7.9 
 Votes:
 7 
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overall: 9
Relics Reviewed by: Johnny Blade, on june 21, 2006
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Sound: This is a compilation CD featuring 11 of the Pink Floyd songs recorded throughout the '60s and early '70s. The songs include: Arnold Layne, Interstellar Overdrive, See Emily Play, Remember A Day, Paintbox, Julia Dream, Careful With That Axe Eugene, Cirrus Minor, The Nile Song, Biding My Time and Bike. Songs like Interstellar Overdrive and Careful With That Axe Eugene are quite strange but also highly listenable. These are mostly all songs from when Floyd were going through there experimental phase. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics are a little bit strange, but that goes with the somewhat strange music. The lyrics to Arnold Layne are actually pretty funny, its about some man stealing womens underwear from backyard washing lines. Most of the vocals are sung by Roger Waters, Syd Barret and Richard Wright. Very nice sounding vocals. // 9

Overall Impression: This CD is very similar to the Early Singles compilation, which is also a very good CD. The most impressive songs on this CD for me are Interstellar Overdrive, Paintbox, Careful With That Axe Eugene and Bike. If it were lost or stolen I would buy it again for sure and I also reccomend this to any Pink Floyd fan, it's a good listen. // 9

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overall: 8
Relics Reviewed by: someone_not_you, on july 25, 2007
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Sound: This compilation album was released in 1971, and almost all of the content here is great, containing some singles, B-sides, and relatively obscure songs. However, even if wish to give this a ten, I can't because they didn't released all the B-sides so you could own something similar to The Beatles' "Past Masters" collections, which put all the B-sides available in two precious CDs. Instead, they go ahead and re-release "Interstellar Overdrive" (too long to even be considered for being released as a B-side), "Bike", "The Nile Song" (duh), "Remember a Day" (do you really hear poor songwriting by Wright again), and "Cirrus Minor". And sadly, all the early singles with their B-sides were released in a compilation of that name ("The Early Singles", I mean) only included in the expensive "Shine On" box set. Anyway, the unreleased stuff is great for most of the time. There's the classic "Arnold Layne", an amazing example of psychedelia by Syd Barrett, and a fundamental addition to a Floyd collection, along with another classic Barett track: "See Emily Play". Then we have the catchy Wright number "Paintbox", and the dreamy "Julia Dream". And the studio cut of "Careful with That Axe, Eugene", which is inferior to the live version, but is not bad. And finally, an underrated gem, a pseudo jazz rock number "Biding My Time", which wasperformed live at the "The Man/The Journey" suites, but was scrapped ultimately after Ummagumma studio section was conceived. Great guitar, piano, and horn section. // 8

Lyrics: Two words: "Arnold Layne". One of the funniest lyrics I ever heard, about a transvetite who steals women clothes. Ha ha. Go figure. And "See Emily Play", apparently inspired in a girl Barrett saw in an acid trip. And "Paintbox", which was about drinking. And the menacing screams of "Careful with That Axe, Eugene", which, of course, aren't as shocking (or surprising) as the amazing live version of "Ummagumma", but is nevertheless menacing. // 8

Overall Impression: OK, unless they decide to compile all the early rarities and B-sides in a single release, this is a fundamental purchase, and, along with "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn", a good place to start with your sixties Floyd. Even though the half is already available on studio albums, it may be a good introduction/overview of the early band. And no true Floyd fan can live without "See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne". // 8

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