Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett

Real Name:
Roger Keith Barrett
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Born: January 6, 1946, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Died: July 7, 2006, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

A key figure in the development of London's underground music scene during the late 1960s and -- despite his rather brief period of activity -- a continuing influence on popular (and unpopular) music onward into the 21st century, Syd Barrett also has the unfortunate distinction of being one of rock music's early drug casualties. His combined talents for eccentric pop songwriting and bold sonic exploration insured his rapid rise to fame and enduring legacy, but the equally rapid decent into chemically-induced mental illness sadly leaves us with the never-to-be-answered question of what Barrett would have accomplished had circumstances allowed him to achieve his full potential as a musician.
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Syd Barrett Discography

Albums

SHSP 4007 Syd Barrett Barrett (Album) Harvest SHSP 4007 UK 1970 Sell This Version
SHVL 765 Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs (Album) Harvest SHVL 765 UK 1970 Sell This Version
C4 91206 Syd Barrett Opel (Album, Comp) Harvest C4 91206 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
SFPS043 Syd Barrett The Peel Sessions (MiniAlbum, EP, Comp) Strange Fruit SFPS043 UK 1988 Sell This Version
SFRSCD127 Syd Barrett The Radio One Sessions(CD, Album) Strange Fruit SFRSCD127 UK 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HAR 5009 Syd Barratt* Octopus / Golden Hair (Single) Harvest HAR 5009 UK 1969 Sell This Version
SCONC 006 Syd Barrett / Anthony Moore / Peter Sellers & The Hollywood Party* Syd Barrett / Anthony Moore / Peter Sellers & The Hollywood Party* - Where Is The Madcap Called Syd... (EP) Stampa Alternativa SCONC 006 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
SPRO-79606 Syd Barrett Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe)(12", Promo) Capitol Records SPRO-79606 US 1988 Sell This Version
NR 7243 8 58186 7 Syd Barrett Crazy Diamond(7", EP, Ltd, Pin) Capitol Records NR 7243 8 58186 7 US 1993 Sell This Version
7-547637 (K1), R7-547637 Syd Barrett / R.E.M. Syd Barrett / R.E.M. - Dark Globe(7", Single, Ltd, Pur) Parlophone, Warner Bros. Records, Parlophone, Warner Bros. Records 7-547637 (K1), R7-547637 UK, Europe & US 2015 Sell This Version

Compilations

8XVV-11314, 8XVV 11314 Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs / Barrett (Album, Comp) Harvest, Harvest 8XVV-11314, 8XVV 11314 US 1974 Sell This Version
CLEO 57712 Syd Barrett Octopus. The Best Of (Comp) Cleopatra CLEO 57712 US 1992 Sell This Version
SYD BOX 1, SYDBOX 1, 0777 7 81412 2 8 Syd Barrett Crazy Diamond (Album, Comp) Harvest, Harvest, Harvest SYD BOX 1, SYDBOX 1, 0777 7 81412 2 8 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
7243 5 32320 2 3 Syd Barrett The Best Of Syd Barrett - Wouldn't You Miss Me? (Comp) Harvest 7243 5 32320 2 3 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
50999 9 07736 2 4 Syd Barrett An Introduction To Syd Barrett (Comp) Harvest 50999 9 07736 2 4 US 2010 Sell This Version

Videos

none Syd Barrett Syd Barrett's First Trip Vexfilms none UK 1994 Sell This Version
DAVID0103 Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett - The Pink Floyd And Syd Barrett Story Umbrella Music DVD DAVID0103 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
DVD - CVIS398 Syd Barrett Under Review(DVD) Chrome Dreams DVD - CVIS398 UK 2006 Sell This Version

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silks

silks

December 1, 2007
Everyone knows who Syd Barrett (Roger Keith Barrett). Without Syd there would have been no Pink Floyd. Syd Barrett lead the band during their beginning years, writing most of their music and lyrics, playing lead guitar and singing lead vocals. In March of 1967 Syd's association with the Pink Floyd band that he created ended.

Syd went on to record two solo albums, 'The Madcap Laughs' and 'Barrett'. Syd later performed with the group Stars, a band located in the Cambridge England area, but left them after 3 gigs, hence virtually vanishing from the public till his death July 7, 2006.

Some of Syd's music has a whimsical childlike feel, almost stories, then it hits you, the play with words, various meanings to a line, mysteryous lyrics spiraling thru your mind whilst his guitar sings surreal notes, using very unique special effects, the outcome, trance like riffs would quickly errupt into intense, slightly off kilter strumming, obscure chanting vocals, tense verses with explosive choruses. Syd is thought to be musical virtuoso. Syd's style was described by critics in several ways, 'clumsy and anarchic', 'adventurous and distinctive', 'idiosyncratic', 'revolutionary', also 'brilliant' and 'painful' but do not be fooled by some of the negativity. Syd uses every concievable style of guitar mastering one can imagine, quite frankly he knew his instrument intimatly and pushed it to the limit.

Syd is considered the originater of psychedelic music in the 60's. Psychedelia is the term used to describe his hauntingly captivating sound.

Syd's obvious influence on Pink Floyd can still be felt long after he was gone from the group. Continueing without Syd Barrett was difficult, since the public as well as music industry thought Syd was the band.

Syd Barrett did not get his fair share of the recognition that should be bestowed upon him, for without Syd Barretts influence and genious, Pink Floyd would not exist today. Syd's time with Pink Floyd still hails as some of rock and rolls most
sensational, and expressive, playing recorded by a guitarist.
baroema

baroema

December 19, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
Despite his early passing away, and having been a ghost for the last thirty years, he will rest an icon for psychedelic music and indeed one of the founder of that kind of rock.

The first album with Pink Floyd, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" when came out in 1967 was something never heard before and nowadays it's still an amazing masterpiece.

Rest In Peace, Crazy Diamond.

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