The Madcap Laughs

Artist: Syd Barrett
Label: Harvest, EMI
Catalog#: SHVL 765, 1E 062-04 261
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1970-01
A1 Terrapin 5:00
A2 No Good Trying 3:26
A3 Love You 2:25
A4 No Man's Land 3:50
A5 Dark Globe 2:10
A6 Here I Go 3:13
B1 Octopus 3:45
B2 Golden Hair 1:56
B3 Long Gone 2:47
B4 She Took A Long Cold Look  
B5 Feel  
B6 If It's In You  
B7 Late Night 3:12

Composed By - Syd Barrett
Engineer - Jeff Jarratt
Engineer - Mike Sheady
Engineer - Peter Mew
Engineer - Phil McDonald
Engineer - Tony Clark
Lyrics By - James Joyce
Lyrics By - Syd Barrett
Producer - David Gilmour
Producer - Malcolm Jones
Producer - Roger Waters


Released in a gatefold sleeve. The backcover states as printing date november 1969.
The very earliest pressings had the green/yellow Harvest Label with no EMI Logo (this entry). Mid to late 70s Pressings had the green/yellow Harvest Label with a boxed EMI Logo added. 80s Pressings have the Harvest label in Silver/Black.
Tracks B4 to B6 have a combined running time of 7:59.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Syd Barrett’s departure from Pink Floyd was unceremonious: The band simply failed to pick him up before a gig in Southampton in January 1968. Later that summer, manager Peter Jenner took Barrett to EMI Studios for a few sessions; nothing came of them, and it would be a year until Malcolm Jones, head of the newly formed Harvest label, took Barrett on again—Jones’s 1982 memoir The Making of The Madcap Laughs is essential reading. But by May, Barrett decamped with Pink Floyd to Ibiza, where David Gilmour agreed to finish the album. Along with Roger Waters, they spent the next few months between Pink Floyd commitments completing The Madcap Laughs with Barrett. Mick Rock’s cover photo—Barrett crouching in a bare room with striped floors—suggests a stripped-down Barrett, and rightly so. Some of his former glory reveals itself in the “band” tracks: Recorded with Soft Machine members, “No Good Trying” is ripe with psychedelia, despite its sloppy timing, while “No Man’s Land,” with Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie) on drums and Willie Wilson (Joker’s Wild) on bass, is a lo-fi masterpiece. But the Gilmour-produced tracks, mainly recorded with just guitar and vocals, are closer to a singer-songwriter style, and convey his fragile post-Floyd mental state. Barrett flashes his lyrical charm throughout, but the amateurish performance, deadpan vocals and subpar guitar tone are unsettling to listen to; the start/stop of “If It’s in You” and languor of “Terrapin” are prime examples of both. While the straightforward “Here I Go” interjects a little levity, “Golden Hair” and “Long Gone” present haunting, evocative moments of sheer genius, that also borders on madness. As the album entered the UK Top 40, EMI then opted for a second album. Barrett was still difficult to record, but Gilmour (now with Rick Wright) again helped him complete the record. Ultimately, Barrett, released in November, offered more of the same. In 1972, Barrett teamed with Twink (ex-Pink Fairies) and Jack Monck (ex-Delivery) for the short-lived Stars and a disastrous gig at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge in February proved to be his last. By the late 70s, he reverted to his given name, Roger, and lived out his days in his hometown of Cambridge.
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