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Classic Album Review: Syd Barrett | The Best of: Wouldn’t You Miss Me?

This anthology from Pink Floyd's madcap leader features one unburied treasure.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


This album exists for one simple reason: The previously unreleased song Bob Dylan Blues. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has been holding onto this buried treasure — an informal acoustic demo of ex-Floyd leader Syd Barrett playfully parodying Dylan’s talking-blues style — for more than three decades. Now, apparently, the time (or, more likely, the price) was finally right.

So here it is, along with a few other rarities and a host of classic cuts (Baby Lemonade, Gigolo Aunt, Terrapin, Dark Globe, Octopus) from the two albums of rambling, shambling folk psychedelia Barrett was able to squeeze out after the toxic combination of drugs, fame and mental instability got him turfed from the band he started, but before his demons drove him into seclusion. The catch-22 of this 73-minute CD, of course, is that only Barrett fans will care enough to buy it — even though they already own about 70 minutes of it. Even Syd might think that was crazy.