If Its In You - Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (Vinyl, LP, Album)

A flurry of ideas, expressions, and impressionistic details. Iconic, simple cover art. Pink Floyd's seventh album, Obscured by Clouds, was originally recorded as the soundtrack to the French LP La Vallee the band's second Barbet Album) soundtrack following 's Morebut was also released as a standalone album in and anchored.

Shine on you, crazy diamond. To play the original, tune your guitar HALF step down. The acoustic version is the same, but I think Syd tuned his guitar half step down to make the original. The original version is the same, but half step lower. Don't be fooled, they're not played in the normal frets, they're played up in the higher frets. F F sus4 Isn't it good to be lost in the wood F F sus4 F G 3rd fret isn't it bad so quiet there, in the wood Ab Absus4 twenty even less to me than I thought Ab Absus4 with a honey plough of yellow prickly seeds Ab Absus4 Bsus4 add Bb clover honey pots and mystic shining feed B Bsus4 LP madcap laughed at the man on the border G5 C7 hey ho, huff the talbot B Bsus4 the winds they blew and the leaves did wag B Bsus4 and they'll never put me in their bag B Bsus4 the seas will reach and always see B Bsus4 so high you go, so low you creep B Bsus4 the winds it blows in tropical heat B Bsus4 the drones they throng on mossy seats B Bsus4 the squeaking door will always creep B Bsus4 two up, two down we'll never meet B Bsus4 so merrily trip for good my side F F sus4 Please leave us here F F sus4 F sys4 add A Bsus4 close our eyes to the octopus ride!

That should clear up any complications. This is not a very hard song, if you know where the chords are. Michelle Crazy Diamond sarahc cybernet. And I Album Reviews Song Reviews. Song Lyrics. Album: The Madcap Laughs 0. Octopus Lyrics 2. No Man's Land Lyrics 3. If It's In You Lyrics 4. No Good Trying Lyrics 5. Late Night Lyrics 6. Golden Hair Take 5 Lyrics 8. Love You Take 1 Lyrics Love You Take 3 Lyrics Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.

Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. Advanced Search. Track Listing. No Good Trying. Syd Barrett. Love You. No Man's Land. But at least we had checked each other out and we returned to Earls Court ready to start afresh the LP evening.

The next evening we got down to business proper. Syd was in a great mood and in fine form, a stark contrast to the rumours and stories I'd been fed with. In little over five hours we laid down vocal and guitar tracks extra backings on most came later for four new songs and two old. The first we made the engineer was Peter Mew was 'Opel', at Syd's request. I was nevertheless very sad that 'Opel' was left out, especially in the light of what I thought to be lesser songs being included.

I assume it was Syd's decision. Nevertheless it had a stark attraction to it, and most of the early takes were merely false starts. Anyone who has experience of studio techniques will appreciate that it takes several attempts to get the right feel and LP feel totally relaxed. Many of the unsuccessful takes are merely lapses of memory, technical faults, popping the letter 'p' at the microphone, squeaky chairs, etc.

Syd always had lyric sheets in front of him, and turning the pages was often caught on tape it was left in on 'She Took A Long Cold Look'.

Two complete takes were made, the rest were false starts similar to the ones Dave and Roger left in on 'If It's In You'. Most of the tracks on this were just with Syd and his guitar.

I felt that, with his guitar alone we could put down some songs and overdub backings later as necessary contrary to usual policy of making backings and adding vocals afterwards. Next we did 'Love You' - again just guitar and voice. We did several takes of this. The first was fast, in fact VERY fast faster than the issued one. The second was very slow! Take three was a false start, and take four was the one we later overdubbed and issued. All three good takes were perfect, and in fact we weren't sure which take to use.

The studio note says 'Best to be decided later'. All takes took less than twenty minutes to do. This was Syd at full tilt! At this session Syd was in great form, and very happy. No matter what people may say to the contrary, Syd was very together, and this was his first session with the new songs. Although LP needed 9 attempts, Love You needed only one re-take.

The next track we did, 'It's No Good Trying' was much the same. The very first take, with Syd and his blue speckled Fender Telecaster, was good. Take two was a false start, and take three was the version we used although at 5 minutes 14 seconds it needed a little shortening. I kept Syd on the move, refusing too many retakes. And it was working. In the two hours between 7.

During the tea break we discussed going back to some of the songs started the previous year, in particular 'Golden Hair', and perhaps 'Late Night' although the original version of that had been destroyed, it seemed. We returned to the studio and started work on another new song, 'Terrapin'.

In one take Syd laid down a guitar and vocal track that was to be the master! At my suggestion Syd double tracked his vocal part, and that was it! He later overdubbed the solo. When we resumed Syd overdubbed slide guitar using his cigarette lighter as a slide on the backing track of 'Late Night', plus the vocal. The vocal took no time at all, and we swiftly moved on to 'Golden Hair' which we had transferred from the original 4 track to an 8 track master. I do not know who the musicians were on this track, but the instrumentation was identical to the re-made version that Dave and Roger were to produce later - vibes, bass, drums and guitar.

The version I worked on with Syd was not the one used on the album, although the remake was a direct copy of mine.

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Many suspended notes, and strange chord progressions. But that's the incredible Barrett style, which should be appreciated.

I've been requesting this song for a long time on the alt. I finally decided to let my perfect-pitch hearing do it. And sure enough, it worked. To play the original, tune your guitar HALF step down. The acoustic version is the same, but I think Syd tuned his guitar half step down to make the original.

The original version is the same, but half step lower. Don't be fooled, they're not played in the normal frets, they're played up in the higher frets. F F sus4 Isn't it good to be lost in the wood F F sus4 F G 3rd fret isn't it bad so quiet there, in the wood Ab Absus4 twenty even less to me than I thought Ab Absus4 LP a honey plough of yellow prickly seeds Ab Absus4 Bsus4 add Bb clover honey pots and mystic shining feed B Bsus4 The madcap laughed at the man on the border G5 C7 hey ho, huff the talbot B Bsus4 the winds they blew and the leaves did wag B Bsus4 and they'll never put me in their bag B Bsus4 the seas will reach and always see B Bsus4 so high you go, so low you creep B Bsus4 the winds it blows in tropical heat B Bsus4 the drones they throng on mossy seats B Bsus4 the squeaking door will always creep B Bsus4 two up, two down we'll never meet B Bsus4 so merrily trip for good my side F F sus4 Please leave us here F F sus4 F sys4 add A Bsus4 close our eyes to the octopus ride!

That should clear up any complications. This is not a very hard song, if you know where the chords are. Michelle Crazy Diamond sarahc cybernet. And I She was long gone, long, long gone she was gone, gone, the bigger they come the larger her hand, tell no one, understand, why for so long she'd been gone.

And I stood very still by the window sill and I LP for those I love still I cried in my mind where I stand behind the beauty of love's in her eyes On the one hand I didn't want to book the wrong studio, and on the other I didn't want to hold valuable studio time with no real Album).

Syd eventually said that he had no new songs but would quite like to see if there was anything we could do with one of Pete Jenner's old tracks, 'Rhamadan'. This was a long even boring track, lasting about 18 minutes, which Syd or, at least, I have always presumed it was his playing had made the previous May. It featured several conga drum overdubs, with no apparent theme or direction. Reluctantly I agreed to check it out, but said that we really didn't need a studio for that, we could use one of the mixing rooms.

Just in case, I arranged for a stereo machine to be set up so we could mix it for reference later at home or in my office. On the morning of April 23rd. Syd was carrying a small, portable cassette player, which I assumed he was bringing so that we could make him a copy of 'Rhamadan'. I was very wrong. They are all ready to put onto the 'Rhamadan' four track. Not only was it poor quality for casual listening, it was certainly no good for professional recording. Syd was quite insistent, so I said nothing more until we got to Abbey Road.

I planned to let engineer Peter Mew, I believe reinforce my feelings. For almost an hour we struggled to wire Syd's machine into the 4 track master machine.

The trouble with such an operation is that professional electrical fittings are bigger, better and more complex than those purchased over the counter of the average hi-fi shop. Someone in the workshop at Abbey Road had to actually make a connecting lead from Syd's cassette machine to the Studer 4 track.

When we eventually wired the two together cassette players are more common place in studios today with the increase in quality achieved over the last five yearsit was apparent to all of us that the quality was not good enough. Even mixed into the conga drums If Its In You - Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (Vinyl low level the tape hiss and extraneous noises were unacceptable. Fortunately, E. When the Beatles wanted to record in their newly opened Apple studios, it was E.

All Apple Studios started with was an empty room! And it wasn't long before they were back recording in Abbey Road. The next hour was spent selecting the right combination of starting up, revving, starting off and various gear changes, etc. Exactly what Syd intended to do I shall never know, because he later changed his mind and abandoned the project. Maybe it still lies, rejected, in the archives. The session we planned for two days later was almost abandoned due to illness on my part.

I had suffered from colitis for some time, and a recurrence of the illness prevented me from attending the session. All that we planned to do was transfer all the tracks originally made on 4 track to 8 track for more overdubs, and I suggested to Syd that he might like to go ahead on his own and mix them down himself. Studio Three was now just able to cope with 8 track machines, although it still had the old 4 track mixing desk.

Nevertheless it was an improvement which we wished to take advantage of, especially as we had decided to overdub backings onto 'It's No Good Trying', 'Clowns and Jugglers', 'Love You', and several others see appendix. I noticed when preparing the appendix that 'Opel' was among them. Syd had obviously, at this stage, not decided to exclude it from the album.

I still think, to this day, that this is one of his best and most haunting tracks, and it was tragic that, for reasons unknown to me, it was not included on the final album. On May 3rd Mike Ratledge and Robert Wyatt of the Soft Machine overdubbed various parts onto the 8 track copies made the previous session.

In contrast to their own recordings, Syd's tracks were very erratic and unpredictable. Although Syd booked them he wasn't very good at explaining to them what he wanted.

Lack of adequate rehearsal gave the Soft's performances a rather ragged aspect, for which I must take responsibility. If I had been able to give them more studio time they would have delivered better backings, although I must add that over the years the erratic quality of these tracks has been what endeared them to Barrett fans.

I can't help feeling, 'though, that the Soft Machine themselves were not very proud of their own contributions! We had done 'Love You' first because it was the easiest. Next came 'It's No Good Trying'. This was not a particularly easy track to overdub. Between lines, or verses Syd had varying passages of blank guitar chords with no regular form to them. At one moment there would be 8 bars between verses, at the next maybe 6 or seven, very hard for a musician other than the composer to follow!

A drummer likes to be able to 'lead into' the next verse with either a roll or a pause, or anything to announce the arrival of another new verse. Without written parts charts it had to be done from memory, and given such a task they fared extremely well. Syd had, before the session, taken copy tapes of many of these tracks which I had presumed were to give to the musicians he was booking to learn ahead of the session. Unfortunately I was wrong. He kept them! It was in a higher key than the issued one and Syd had to sing really forcefully to make it work, but it still rates as one of my favourite unissued If Its In You - Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (Vinyl recordings, after 'Opel'.

Unfortunately he wished to overdub bass and drums as was done, in a further re-make, for the version Dave and Roger produced that eventually appeared on the album. I liked it as it was, with Syd's voice and several guitar tracks to back him up.

It had some very effective sounds, made by Syd, by half speaking words and sounds, during the solo. Unfortunately, the contributions at this overdub session by the Soft Machine were, in all honesty, pretty dire, and it must have been THIS version that Dave Gilmour heard and which led him to persuade Syd to remake it later.

Mike Ratledge was required to improvise long passages of organ chords which, frankly, didn't work, and Robert Wyatt ended up playing tambourine. It was easier than trying to follow Syd's erratic bar structures!

The following day we had a further session and Syd overdubbed his backwards guitar track on 'It's No Good Trying', and the lead guitar line on 'Terrapin', and 'No Man's Land'. During most of the later sessions Dave Gilmour had been taking a casual interest in what Syd was doing in the studios. The Soundtrack for Barbet Schroeder's 'More' film had been completed it was, out of interest, not made at Abbey Road as it was not a regular Pink Floyd album, being made as a commission for someone other than E.

The royalty rate was consequently higher than usual as the recording costs were born by the film makers and the Floyd. With 'More' out of the way, Dave was back at Abbey Road with the rest of the Pink Floyd recording material for 'Ummagumma', their first major album without Syd at all he does play on several tracks on 'A Saucerful Of Secrets', contrary to stories stating otherwise.

Syd had been seeing Dave a lot, and had even been to see him backstage at a Floyd show in Croydon. It was only a short step to Dave with Roger Waters suggesting to Syd that he should produce some tracks as well as myself. At the time I never felt any sense of being ousted from my role as producer.

I had fared pretty well, and I still feel that there was enough already made to complete an album. Much of what David and Roger were to produce was little more than guitar and voice tracks which any of us could have supervised. I have referred to 'Opel' and the early versions of 'Clowns and Jugglers' and 'Golden Hair', both of which later were re-made, with minor improvements.

But I had no objections at the time. My original ambition had been fulfilled - to get Syd back on record. Add your review. Epic, explorative, expressive: Pink Floyd's ambitiously atmospheric Meddle lingers as an unforgettable masterpiece drenched in resplendent textures and pointillistic details.

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8 thoughts on “If Its In You - Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (Vinyl, LP, Album)

  1. Released in a front laminated gatefold sleeve with the disc housed in the rear opening and the front opening is glued shut with no inner flap. The backcover states printing date (November ). This was clearly in advance of the release date. Variation 1: 'PATENT APPLIED FOR' and 'MADE IN ENGLAND'.

  2. Jun 27,  · View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "The Madcap Laughs" on Discogs.

  3. ‘The Madcap Laughs’ is the debut solo album by the English singer-songwriter recorded after Syd Barrett had left Pink Floyd. That appears to be the pre-release g vinyl reissue gatefold LP .

  4. The Madcap Laughs is a highly eclectic collection of songs by ex-Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett. He was a free spirit both in life and in the studio, and his songs have a tinge of weirdness that some may find unsettling. This was what made 60s rock music a breath of fresh air for many young listeners - its refusal to follow conventions or rules /5().

  5. ‘The Madcap Laughs’ is the debut solo album by the English singer-songwriter recorded after Barrett had left Pink Floyd. That appears to be the pree release we were given. It is, intermittently, one of the finest albums of its era.

  6. Jun 15,  · Syd Barrett ‎– The Madcap Laughs - UK SHVL 2G/2G Very rare! Not many copies made or sold of this first release (unboxed EMI) of this solo album. Original first press in a well kept condition with clean labels too. EMI end of to early gatefold release with 2G/2G matrix endings. Specific to this release and not found on subsequent releases are: .

  7. The Madcap Laughs is a music studio album recording by SYD BARRETT (Prog Related/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette/5(35).

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