Syd Barrett

Peel Sessions

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In February 1970, Syd Barrett performed five songs for John Peel's show on the BBC, accompanied by Jerry Shirley on drums and Dave Gilmour on guitar. Besides reprising "Terrapin" from his first album, the session featured three of the strongest tunes from his second LP, "Gigolo Aunt," "Baby Lemonade," and (a very brief) "Effervescing Elephant." This five-song EP also includes the bouncy, easygoing "Two of a Kind," which doesn't appear on any other release; it's since been claimed that this was actually a composition by Pink Floyd organist Rick Wright. The rest of the songs don't differ much from the officially released versions; they're somewhat sparer and looser. A decent if not absolutely essential relic for the Barrett/Floyd fan, with excellent sound.

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