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14.05.21 50 лет со дня выхода сборника "Relics"

Пятьдесят лет тому назад, 14 мая 1971 года на британском лейбле Starline вышел первый официальный сборник ранних композиций Pink Floyd "Relics".

Mention Pink Floyd to the casual listener and they're likely to suggest an "albums-oriented" band producing lengthy musical offerings with dreamy, obscure lyrics. However, this is certainly not what's on offer with this compilation from 1971. Although this album draws from the band's first two studio albums plus the soundtrack to the seldom seen 1968 film "More" this is not really representative of what the band were producing at the time or the direction they were taking. Altogether, this is a much livelier, enthusiastic affair without any of the rambling self-indulgence which the band later lapsed into. A wide variety of styles is in evidence here and may surprise a first time listener or someone who joined the band around the time of Ummagumma, Dark Side of the Moon or even later. "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" evoke psychedelic memories of the summer of ‘67 and reminders that Pink Floyd once released singles – the latter a number 6 hit in the UK and the former banned for its smutty lyrics. "Remember a Day" and "Paintbox" are two short but very original songs by Rick Wright. Often forgotten and rarely played live, the former conjures up wistful and nostalgic memories of a long gone innocent world while the latter was a psychedelic B-side from 1967. Equally unforgettable are the mysterious and dreamy "Julia Dream" whose haunting, ethereal lyrics are open to a variety of interpretations and the most bizarre track on the album, "Bike" – which is a bright slice of eccentric, English whimsy — predictably penned by Syd Barrett – which appears like a nursery rhyme and contains the sound of clocks, gongs, bells and gears. Two very different tracks come from the soundtrack of the 1968 film "More." "The Nile Song" is very "unFloyd-like" and as well as having been released as a single, is probably the band’s heaviest ever song; "Cirrus Minor" with its otherworldly lyrics, backed by a solitary birdsong, drifts into to a majestic organ based sound which then gradually fades away. "Biding My Time" is yet another complete change of direction. A lazy, bluesy guitar-led track with a 1920’s feel which, like much of the material on this compilation, evokes memories of a bygone time, and includes full brass support. Prog rock fans are unlikely to be disappointed either, as two lengthy instrumental tracks are also included: the dramatic "Interstellar Overdrive": which sounds as if it could have been used as the soundtrack for a film about space travel, and the equally atmospheric and intriguing "Careful with that Axe, Eugene" – surely a contender for the most original and/or bizarre track title of all time. Whether a newcomer to Pink Floyd or a stalwart fan, anyone listening to this compilation is unlikely to be disappointed and if it occasionally sounds dated, it is all the better for it...


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