Release date
29 Mar 2004
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Arnold Layne (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:56 287
2 Interstellar Overdrive (1996 Digital Remaster) 9:40 223
3 See Emily Play (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:53 292
4 Remember A Day (1996 Digital Remaster) 4:28 205
5 Paintbox (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:32 214
6 Julia Dream (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:36 222
7 Careful With That Axe Eugene (1996 Digital Remaster) 5:44 243
8 Cirrus Minor (1996 Digital Remaster) 5:17 329
9 The Nile Song (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:26 346
10 Biding My Time (1996 Digital Remaster) 5:17 328
11 Bike (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:21 344

About this album

Relics is a compilation album by Pink Floyd released in 1971. The album was released on 14 May in the UK and 15 July in the United States. A re-mastered CD was released in 1996 with a different album cover; a three-dimensional version of the original sketch drawn by drummer Nick Mason for the initial release. Initially released by Starline, the compilation was reissued by Music for Pleasure in the United Kingdom; Harvest and Capitol distributed the album in the United States.

The release of Relics was sparked by the success of Atom Heart Mother which peaked at #1 on the British charts. The album has been released on numerous occasions, and at times without the proper authority. One such incident involved EMI Australia releasing the album without the band’s consent. This led to the LP being withdrawn and the album as a result became a rarity. A reissue of the album in 1996 meant that it could be purchased easily again.

Until the more definitive release of The Early Singles (1992), Relics was most noted for its inclusion of Syd Barrett-era hit singles, “Arnold Layne” and “See Emily Play”, as well as B-sides to three other singles. It is notable that the Relics versions of “Paintbox”, “Julia Dream” and “Careful with That Axe, Eugene” are mixed in stereo. Relics has the only CD release of “Paintbox” that has the same length (3:33) that the original single version had; on the albums The Early Singles (1992), 1967: The First Three Singles (1997), and the 40th anniversary edition of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (2007), it fades out about 13 seconds later.

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