For such an influential figure, Syd Barrett's legacy rests on very little music. He was the driving force of Pink Floyd in its earliest incarnation as a psychedelic, space-rock band who produced a masterpiece of the ear in "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn." But his drug use and behavior got him booted from the band and he only appeared sporadically on "A Saucerful of Secrets." While plenty of compilations have been released, he only put out two official solo albums, "The Madcap Laughs," and "Barrett."
Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters were both involved with "Madcap" and, along with "Piper," it's his definitive work, a mix of child-like whimsy, raw folk, and cracked psychedelia. "Dark Globe" is my favorite song. "Golden Hair" takes its lyrics from Joyce. This reissue includes some alternate takes, which more get in the way of the original album than enhance it.
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