Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Pipers at the Gates of Dawn I'm watching VH1's Behind the Music on Pink Floyd. The show has given me a new appreciation for Syd Barrett, the band's original lead guitar and creative founder. Barrett drove much of the band's sound and wrote all of the music for their first album. By the second album, he was too far gone to be part of the band. What brought him down were the drugs and scizophrenia. I think the show really does a great job dealing with the origins of the band. I don't think you can understand Pink Floyd unless Barrett's seminal contributions are considered. What the show completely ignores is a body of music between 1968 and 1973 which in my mind was the some of the band's greatest music. Its a shame they just leap from "Saucer full of Secrets" to "Dark Side of the Moon" because there are some great songs getting lost in the rush. The albums missed are: More, Ummagumma, Zabriskie Point, Picknick, Atom Hear Mother, Relics, Meddle, and Obscured By Clouds. If anyone out there is a fan and you haven't heard this music please do yourself a favor, run out and buy some of these CDs. You'll be glad you did.

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