There is a huge demand for Syd Barrett material, and, alas, a very limited supply. This is probably the best compilation of unreleased Barrett-era Floyd, though the material and sound quality are erratic. "Lucy Leave" and "I'm a Kingbee" are the band's very first demos, showing a much more R&B-oriented outfit, and the live version of "Astronomy Domine" is pretty good. The BBC sessions contain a bunch of songs from the classic Piper at the Gates of Dawn album, in muffled, hissy fidelity that is nonetheless an improvement on many previous bootlegs. These include two of the most coveted Barrett-Floyd treasures, the unreleased songs "Vegetable Man" and "Scream Thy Last Scream," chaotic but fascinating pieces which illustrate Syd's descent into madness more vividly than anything else he recorded with the group. Be on the lookout, though, for much clearer studio outtakes of these two songs (perhaps recorded with Floyd, perhaps solo) that have appeared on bootlegs throughout the years.
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