Thursday, November 24, 2005

Lost Syd Barrett Recording Found

Interesting, but personally I don't hold my breath for this, Syd having badly lost his marbles already by 1972, so this might be of interest to hardcore Syd fans only.

From http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/news/0511193.html


Last-Minute Put-Together Boogie Band tape

An incredibly rare recording of Syd Barrett, performing live on 27th January, 1972, with the Last-Minute Put-Together Boogie Band, at a show in Cambridge, has recently been unearthed, and plans are underway for a release!

Naturally, this news has spread like wildfire and anticipation is huge amongst the legions of Syd fans. Should the release of this show come to fruition (and the people behind it have outline permissions from all concerned to go ahead), it will be a fascinating, historical document for Pink Floyd fans.

The sound on the recording is uneven in parts and will require 'tweaking' in a studio before it will be suitable for release. Any release is therefore some months away.

The Last-Minute Put-Together Boogie Band's set consists of 5 blues songs before Syd comes on stage for a long jam ("Number Nine") followed by 3 blues songs/improvs ("Gotta Be A Reason", "Let's Roll" and "Sweet Little Angel"). The Hawkwind and Pink Fairies sets on the reel are also reported to be worth hearing.

Syd is on stage for 29 minutes in total - the jam "Number Nine" is around 9 minutes long but segues directly into "Gotta Be A Reason". None of the songs are Syd's or Pink Floyd's. Alan Barrett (Syd's brother who makes decisions on Syd's behalf) was pitched the story of the recording and the hopes to release it, and he has contacted PF Music Publishing to give them the "OK".

The story of this recording is interesting, and can be found by visiting: www.nsblog.co.uk/FraKcman and also www.spacewardstudios.ukf.net/stories.htm. The people behind the release are asking for as many people as possible to email them a one-liner stating 'I support this release', sent to: sydbarrettslostgig at hotmail.co.uk in order to exert extra leverage on the company that they are hoping will release it. Please note that emails will not be answered, and it's an inbox only facility. This could be a potentially historic release and your voice can help.

More news on this as we get it...

Date news posted: 19 November 2005


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