Syd Barrett's catalogue available on Spotify, lost recording to be released + unseen footage found

Syd Barrett’s entire catalogue has been made available via Spotify for the first time

The launch marks the 40th anniversary of the release of double album Syd Barrett, which combined the late Pink Floyd genius’ two solo albums under one title.

His 1970 records The Madcap Laughs and Barrett can both be streamed, along with a John Peel Session from the same year, his 1988 rarities album Opel and 2010 retrospective An Introduction To Syd Barrett.

Floyd’s catalogue was launched via Spotify in June after the band announced it would become available once their track Wish You Were Here had been streamed one million times. It took only four days to reach the target.

Boss Ken Parks said at the time: “It’s a great day for fans of prog, but it’s also a great day for younger fans who have yet to be turned on to the magic. That’s a lot of what this is about – bringing a new generation of fans.”

A rare live recording of Syd Barrett is to be released.

The performance dates from January 27, 1972, at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge.

The tapes were originally put up for auction at Bonham's in June 2010, listed as "1/4 inch reel-to-reel tape on 10inch BASF spool in Agfa PE36 box with handwritten recording details, with statement of provenance". They were later sold to the Easy Action label.

The label’s managing director, Carlton Sandercock, said: “We have indeed purchased and are preparing to release a live set by The Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band featuring Bruce Pain, Jack Monk and Twink. Guesting is Fred Frith and, on two maybe three songs, Syd Barrett.

“The music played in this set is a million miles away from anything Pink Floyd have ever done,” he adds.
According to additional reports, Barrett appears on the last three tracks - "Number Nine (Gotta Be Reason", "Let's Roll" and "Sweet Little Angel".

The tracklisting for the release is:
Sea Cruise
L.A. To London Boogie
Drinkin’ That Wine
Number Nine (Gotta Be Reason)
Let’s Roll
Sweet Little Angel

Lost Pink Floyd treasures found

The drummer of Pink Floyd has discovered unseen footage of the band. Nick Mason came across the black and white film while he was piecing together archive footage to be used at exhibitions about the rock band.

The 69-year-old said the clips show himself backstage with band members David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett at some gigs in the late-60s.

He said: “There are some unseen bits and pieces. We have got a bit of backstage black and white footage – 8mm film – that we took ourselves.”

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