All posts tagged 1967

Scarecrow

The Scarecrow is a song by Pink Floyd on their 1967 debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, though it first appeared as the B-side of their second single “See Emily Play” (as “Scarecrow”) two months before. It was written by Syd Barrett and recorded in March 1967.

The song contains nascent existentialist themes, as Barrett compares his own existence to that of the scarecrow, who, while “sadder” is also “resigned to his fate”. Such thematic content would later become a mainstay of the band’s lyrical imagery. The song contains a baroque, psychedelic folk instrumental section consisting of 12-string acoustic guitar and cello.

Record Company: Columbia Records
Catalog Number: DB 8214
Matrix: 7XCA 30214-1 HL 1 KT / 7XCA 30215-1 HA 3 KT  (both stamped) (solid center)

See Emily Play

See Emily Play is the second single by English psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd. Written by original frontman Syd Barrett and recorded on 23 May 1967, it featured “The Scarecrow” as its B-side.

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Arnold Layne

Arnold Layne was the first single released on 10 March 1967 in the UK by British psychedelic rock band The Pink Floyd, shortly after landing a recording contract with EMI. It was written by Syd Barrett, their co-founder and original frontman. Although not originally included on the band’s debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, “Arnold Layne” is featured on numerous Pink Floyd compilation albums. “Candy and a Currant Bun” was the B-side to the single.

The song’s title character is a transvestite whose primary pastime is stealing women’s clothes and undergarments from washing lines. According to Roger Waters, “Arnold Layne” was actually based on a real person: “Both my mother and Syd’s mother had students as lodgers because there was a girls’ college up the road so there were constantly great lines of bras and knickers on our washing lines and ‘Arnold’ or whoever he was, had bits off our washing lines.”

The song regularly ran for ten to fifteen minutes in concert (with extended instrumental passages), but the band knew that it had to be shortened for use as a single. It was a complex recording involving some tricky editing, recalling that the middle instrumental section with Richard Wright’s organ solo was recorded as an edit piece and spliced into the song for the final mix.

The song was mixed into mono for the single. It has never been given a stereo mix though the four-track master tape still exists in the EMI tape archive.

Record Company: Columbia Records
Catalog Number: DB 8156
Matrix: 7XCA 27877-1 G / 7XCA 27878-1 G (both stamped) (solid center)

Candy and a Currant Bun

Candy and a Currant Bun was the B-side to Pink Floyd’s first single, Arnold Layne, recorded 29 January 1967 at Sound Techniques Studios in London.

When performed live in 1967, the song was known as “Let’s Roll Another One” and contained the line “I’m high – Don’t try to spoil my fun”, but the record company forced Syd Barrett to rewrite it, at the suggestion of Roger Waters, without the controversial drug references. Nevertheless, the recorded version added the line “Oh don’t talk with me/Please just fuck with me”, which the BBC censors missed.

Record Company: Columbia Records
Catalog Number: DB 8156
Matrix: 7XCA 27877-1 G / 7XCA 27878-1 G (both stamped) (solid center)

Mystery Tracks

Pink Floyd | Mystery Tracks

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With / Without

Pink Floyd | Rare Live Recordings

Title: With/Without on blue vinyl.
Rare live recordings with Syd Barret playing on side one only.

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Disraeli Gears (Full Album)

Cream – Disraeli Gears (Full Album)
Disraeli Gears is the second album by British supergroup Cream. It was released in November 1967.
The cover art was created by Australian artist Martin Sharp who lived in the same building as Clapton, The Pheasantry in Chelsea. Sharp would go on to create the artwork to Cream’s next album Wheels of Fire and co-wrote the songs “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and the Savage Seven Theme “Anyone for Tennis” with Eric Clapton. The photography for the album was taken by Bob Whitaker who is known for the photography for several works by The Beatles including the controversial Yesterday and Today.