"Chapter 24" is the title of a song from Pink Floyd's 1967 album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd. It was the second song recorded for the album.An Introduction to Syd Barrett (2010)
An Introduction to Syd Barrett is a 'best of' compilation featuring the work of Syd Barrett spanning the period 1967–1970, including both materials written during his time with Pink Floyd and his post-band solo career.
The album was released in the UK and Europe on 4 October 2010, with different release dates for the rest of the world. The album features a series of new remasters and remixes, all overseen by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. The cover art, featuring various images relating to songs contained within the album, was designed and created by long-term Pink Floyd conceptual artist Storm Thorgerson. The album reached 104 in the UK charts.
An extra track for CD and iTunes buyers is the previously unreleased 20-minute-long instrumental "Rhamadan", available with a link to download it.
The late Syd Barrett was the creative fulcrum of the first line-up of Pink Floyd. While the Floyd embraced the emergent genre of prog-rock after his 1968 departure, Barrett engaged in music far less easy to categorize and with far less commercial success, before drifting into complete inactivity after two albums.
This release compiles together for the first time Barrett tracks from both his Pink Floyd days and his solo career. Previously unreleased 20-minute instrumental Rhamadan can be downloaded by purchasers via a dedicated webpage. This will all go down well with his fan base. Not so likely to provoke universal appreciation is the remixing of five tracks and the overdubbing of a new bass part on one cut by Barrett's ex-Floyd colleague David Gilmour (although as production member on both Barrett's albums, if anybody has the right to make the latter call, he probably does).
The six Pink Floyd tracks (which naturally include his two most famous songs, Arnold Layne and See Emily Play) are far smoother than Barrett's post-Floyd selections but far less likeable, being rather chilly and know-it-all. Solo, Barrett had an erratic charm, demonstrated by Here I Go, a good-humoured denunciation of a girl who had the bloody cheek to prefer big bands to his songs. However, what we now know about Barrett's psychological deterioration also makes that erratic nature borderline disturbing. His wobbly mental state seems reflected in his melodies, which by now frustratingly wander in and out of catchiness (Love You, Dominoes, Gigolo Aunt). The false starts and the dialogue between Barrett and his producer that begin If It's in You are symptomatic of the chaotic nature of Barrett's talent, as is the fact that on the take proper his singing is painfully out of tune.
Barrett has often been bracketed with Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green in that he was the leader of a band that went on to far greater success without him after he became an LSD casualty. Green, though, was infinitely more talented as an instrumentalist, singer and composer. That Barrett would not be as well-regarded as he is if it weren't for the myth-making seclusion in which he spent the bulk of his life is proven by 'An Introduction to Syd Barrett', a compilation that is discomforting in more ways than one.
Arnold Layne" – 3:48
"See Emily Play" – 3:14
"Apples and Oranges" – 3:08
"Matilda Mother" (alternative version; 2010 mix) – 3:14
"Chapter 24" – 3:45
"Bike" – 2:00
Tracks 1–6 are performed with Pink Floyd
"Terrapin" – 5:11
"Love You" – 2:49
"Dark Globe" – 3:01
"Here I Go" (2010 remix, added bass by Gilmour) – 3:25
"Octopus" (2010 mix, added bass by Gilmour) – 3:54
"She Took a Long Cool Look" (2010 mix, added bass by Gilmour) – 1:46
"If It's in You" – 2:23
"Baby Lemonade" – 4:10
"Dominoes" (2010 mix, added bass by Gilmour) – 4:06
"Gigolo Aunt" – 5:45
"Effervescing Elephant" – 1:55
"Bob Dylan Blues" – 3:14
"Rhamadan" – 20:09
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