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Syd BarrettOpel

Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Acoustic
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Tracklist

Opel6:24
Clowns & Jugglers (Octopus)3:25
Rats3:10
Golden Hair (Vocal Version)1:42
Dolly Rocker2:58
Word Song3:17
Wined And Dined3:02
Swan Lee (Silas Lang)3:11
Birdie Hop2:27
Let's Split2:20
Lanky (Part I)5:30
Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe)2:57
Milky Way3:05
Golden Hair (Instrumental)1:49

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    Cover of Opel, 1988, VinylOpel
    LP, Album
    Harvest – 064 7 91206 1, Harvest – 1C 064-7 91206 1, Harvest – 7 91206 1
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    Europe1988Europe1988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Opel, 1988, CDOpel
    CD, Album
    Harvest – CDP 79 1206 2, Harvest – CZ 144Europe1988Europe1988
    Cover of Opel, 1988-10-17, VinylOpel
    LP, Album
    Gatefold, EMI Records Pressing
    Harvest – SHSP 4126UK1988UK1988
    Cover of Opel, 1988, VinylOpel
    LP, Album
    Gatefold
    Harvest – 64 7912061Italy1988Italy1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988, CassetteOpel
    Cassette, Album
    Harvest – TC SHSP 4126UK1988UK1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988, VinylOpel
    LP, Album
    Gatefold
    Harvest – 064-7912061Greece1988Greece1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988, VinylOpel
    LP, Album
    Gatefold
    Harvest – 7912061, Harvest – 79 1206 1Portugal1988Portugal1988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Opel, 1988, CassetteOpel
    Cassette, Album
    EMI – 64 7912064Italy1988Italy1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988, VinylOpel
    LP, Album
    Harvest – 064 791206 1Brazil1988Brazil1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988-12-21, CDOpel
    CD, Album
    EMI – CP28-1052, Harvest – CP28-1052Japan1988Japan1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988, CassetteOpel
    Cassette, Album
    Harvest – 262-7912064Greece1988Greece1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988-12-21, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Promo
    EMI – CP28-1052, Harvest – CP28-1052Japan1988Japan1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988, VinylOpel
    LP, Album
    Single sleeve
    Harvest – 54 7912061Italy1988Italy1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988, VinylOpel
    LP, Album, Test Pressing, White Label
    Harvest – 7 91206 1Europe1988Europe1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1988-09-00, VinylOpel
    LP, Album, Misprint
    Gatefold, EMI Records Pressing
    Harvest – SHSP 4126UK1988UK1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1989-04-18, CDOpel
    CD, Album
    Capitol Records – CDP 7 91206 2, Harvest – CDP 7 91206 2US1989US1989
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    Cover of Opel, 1989-04-18, VinylOpel
    LP, Album
    Capitol Records – C1-91206, Harvest – C1-91206US1989US1989
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1989, CassetteOpel
    Cassette, Album
    XDR
    Capitol Records – C4-91206, Harvest – C4-91206US1989US1989
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1989, CassetteOpel
    Cassette, Album, Promo
    XDR
    Capitol Records – C4-91206, Harvest – C4-91206US1989US1989
    New Submission
    Opel
    Cassette, Album
    Capitol Records – C4 91206, Harvest – C4 91206Canada1989Canada1989
    New Submission
    Cover of  Opel , 1989, CD Opel
    CD, Album
    Longbox
    Capitol Records – (CD Cover):CDP 7 91206 2, Harvest – (CD Cover):CDP 7 91206 2, Capitol Records – (Longbox):C2 91206, Harvest – (Longbox):C2 91206
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    US1989US1989
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1989, CassetteOpel
    Cassette, Album
    Dolby HX Pro XDR
    Capitol Records – C4 91206, Harvest – C4 91206Canada1989Canada1989
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1994-05-03, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Harvest – 7243 8 28908 2 9, Harvest – CDGO 2055Europe1994Europe1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Opel, 1994, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Harvest – 7243 8 28908 2 9, Harvest – CDGO 2055UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
    Cover of Opel, 1998, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release
    Oldis – JPCD9806283, Harvest (2) – JPCD9806283Russia1998Russia1998
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1998-06-24, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue, Stereo
    EMI – TOCP-3432Japan1998Japan1998
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1998-06-24, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Promo, Reissue, Stereo
    EMI – TOCP-3432Japan1998Japan1998
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 1999, VinylOpel
    2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
    Gatefold
    Simply Vinyl – SVLP 153, Harvest – SVLP 153UK & Europe1999UK & Europe1999
    Cover of Opel, 1999-12-00, VinylOpel
    2×LP, Album, Reissue, Test Pressing, White Label
    Gatefold
    Simply Vinyl – SVLP153UK1999UK1999
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 2000, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    Aziя Records – SV-716Russia2000Russia2000
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 2006-09-24, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue
    EMI – TOCP-53784, EMI – 7243 8 28908 2 9Japan2006Japan2006
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 2006-09-29, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue
    追悼盤
    EMI – TOCP-53784, EMI – 7243 8 28908 2 9Japan2006Japan2006
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 2010, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Harvest – 5099991755629Australia2010Australia2010
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 2010, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Harvest – 5099991755629UK & Europe2010UK & Europe2010
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 2010, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release
    Harvest (2) – 5099991755629Russia2010Russia2010
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 2010-11-17, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue
    EMI – TOCP-54056, Harvest – TOCP-54056Japan2010Japan2010
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 2014, VinylOpel
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Gatefold
    Harvest – SHSP 4126, Harvest – 0825646310777Europe2014Europe2014
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Opel, 2014-06-30, VinylOpel
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Gatefold
    Harvest – RPI-543313, Harvest – SHSP 4126US2014US2014
    New Submission
    Cover of Opel, 2015-04-08, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Stereo, Mono
    SHM-CD, Cardboard Sleeve
    Parlophone – WPCR-16396Japan2015Japan2015
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Opel, 2016, CDOpel
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Legacy – 88985385082US2016US2016
    New Submission

    Reviews

    • justingvavala's avatar
      What’s here:

      Some interesting alternative takes of some material that was released on the Madcap Laughs or Barrett, including a particularly charming earlier take of “Octopus”, listed here as it’s working title “Clowns and Jugglers”. As with on the album, Syd is joined on this song by Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper and Mike Ratledge of the Soft Machine and this earlier take is a little more shambolic and whimsical. I personally like it more than the finished “octopus”.

      We are treated to a few single take recordings of songs they didn’t do further work on and left off the albums, such as “Let’s Split”, “Milky Way”, “Dolly Rocker”, and “Word Song”. While “Word Song” was probably best left on the shelf, the other songs suggest that with a little coaxing and some work these could’ve turned into great songs, but as is are rough sketches of what could have been.

      We also get the instrumental jam “Lanky pt 1” which has some of the noisier, free form elements that defined much of Syd’s time with Pink Floyd.

      Finally, the title track of this compilation “Opel” is a song worked on (at least 9 takes) for the Madcap Laughs during the Malcolm Jones sessions that Gilmour and Waters ultimately left off the album when they were tasked with completing the album in a mere few days. What is particularly mystifying about this is the fact that they had at least one good take in the can and didn’t use it while rushing to record several half baked songs in order to have enough material.

      In the end, the final sequence songs that end the album are tossed off and pressed onto the album with false starts, confused mumbling, and embarrassingly off key singing…all lending to the “Syd’s insane” storyline while leaving off perhaps his best work as a solo artist. “Opel” is pure Syd brilliance. The lyrics paint a vivid picture, with some of Syd’s most clever poetic writing while the music and melody convey the desperation of fading out of reach with Syd’s repeated “I’m trying…” bridge that drives home the point of a person “trying to find you”, with allusions to isolation on a deserted island and being pushed out to sea, leaving behind the scavengers feeding on carcasses on the beach, hoping to be rescued but ultimately resigned to being lost forever and ultimately drowning.

      The song is an absolute gem.

      There were attempts to include “Vegetable Man”, and “Scream Thy Last Scream”, even being given fresh mixes in 1987, but the Floyd ultimately nixed it.

      We were told at the time that there was nothing left in the archives, that this was it.

      Well since 1988 we have learned that there was a lot left.

      Subsequently “Bob Dylan Blues” was unearthed, though the other song from this confiscated tape “Living Alone” is still in David Gilmour’s possession and unheard by the public.

      Furthermore, through the Crazy Diamond box set and reissues we learned there were some very interesting alternate takes of songs such as the multiple different arrangements of “It is Obvious”.

      We have heard the “choral version” of Dark Globe, with several vocal tracks singing in harmony to great effect, a thrilling juxtaposition to the final version’s stark beauty.

      We’ve always known “Lanky pt 2” is out there, but based on what we know of it (Congo drums and motorcycle noises for entirely too long), it’s just as a well that it hasn’t seen the light of day.

      The 20 minute plus free form jam “Rhamadan” finally showed up with another repackaged Greatest Hits album.

      Unfortunately there still seems to be stuff languishing in the dustbin of history, particularly regarding Syd’s work with Pink Floyd, even after a huge “Early Years Boxset” that finally gave the world “vegetable man” and “scream thy last scream” along with a vocal-less backing track for “She Was A Millionaire” and the legendary “John Latham sessions” (which elicited mixed reactions).

      But there’s still “Intremental”, 10 minutes long in length, which is intriguing to fans of the improvisation heavy elements of early Floyd. “Early Morning Henry” (which may feature Floyd as a backing group for a pop singer’s Norman Smith produced shot at a single).

      There’s alternate takes and mixes of Bike, possibly with alternate lyrics.

      There’s strong evidence that “Reaction in G” was recorded properly.

      We know Nick Mason is in possession of alternate takes of “Vegetable Man”, including a improvised “Vegetable Man Jam”.

      He also has confirmed he has Super 8 footage of the 5 man Pink Floyd backstage.

      There’s the druggy lyrics version of “Candy and A Currant Bun”, then titled “Let’s Roll Another One”.

      There’s alternate takes/mixes of “Lucifer Sam” and “Chapter 24”.

      Perhaps the supposed Pink Floyd demo of “Silas Lang” exists and could be cleaned up.

      There’s whatever “experiment/sunshine” is culled from.

      There’s often references to songs such as “Candy and a Currant Bun”, “Astronomy Domine”, “See Emily Play”, and “Matilda Mother” having their sprawling noise experiments literally cut out of the songs to keep them more commercially viable. And it’s extremely plausible this method was implemented to reel in gratuitously long versions of “Pow R Toc H”, “Take Up Thy Stethoscope…”, or “Interstellar Overdrive”.

      I genuinely doubt it’s existence, but there’s long been rumors of a recording of “Stoned Alone” being done during or around the time of the “Arnold Layne” sessions.
      • StaticWednesday's avatar
        Edited 7 months ago
        I received Opel the first time while working at a college radio station. It was totally unacceptable to play even on the classic rock format even after midnight. LOL. But being the program director I decided to play the entire album....When they finally put out this album version it was a must buy. Syd Barrett gets a bum rap..Lennon was in the same boat at the same time and he is a genius..lol.not a crazed maniac right?. I always said the material he did without Roger/David and Richard was better ...and IMO as a Syd fan it is absolutely true. He basically had no support system and no producer that knew the job. How about practicing the songs before the drummer plays and records it? Nonetheless...what we have here is a collection of works that IF NURTURED would have been beyond. Imagine actually working on these songs ...adding orchestration...real players...not being rushed ..etc etc... Well you cant go back in time..but I wish I could.
        • inkfingers's avatar
          inkfingers
          This is the vinyl version of Opel that you want. This is a double lp that has an additional six tracks on it and is the only vinyl pressing that features those tracks (they're good ones too!)
          It sounds great and is similarly priced to the single lp version. Same gatefold packaging as the other pressings.
          • JBurns999
            Dude, I have this on a CD issued by Legacy in 2016. I also have Madcap and Barrett.
            • psykool8's avatar
              psykool8
              All details match my copy except: 'Both sides of the record are denoted as being 'Side 1' - mine correctly says Side 1 & 2.

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