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    Unhappy RIP Syd Barrett

    Very sad news,the death of a rock'n'roll legend Syd Barrett founding member of Pink Floyd.
    He was the influence behind Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You were Here.
    Very creative and original character,yet his contribution to the work of Pink Floyd as well as to rock n roll in general was vastly and criminally neglected.
    He was the one who gave the band it's name and it's sound.
    Hi died at the age of 60.
    Shine on you crazy Diamond.
    RIP

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    Syd Barrett was a genius, although he was ultimately replaced by a genius guitarist in David Gilmour who joined before Barrett left in 1968.

    Although he inspired Dark Side of The Moon and Wish You Were Here he had nothing to do with the making of those albums having left the band in 1968. The song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" on the Wish You Were Here Album was specifically written about him.

    I personally enjoyed Barrett's music, and it's too bad that drug use effectively terminated his productivity as a musician. I have read that he did major acid (LSD) in the 1960s which can cause brain damage, catatonia, dementia and other symptoms such as what he showed.
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    Unhappy death of a legend

    i did heard that he did die 3 years ago
    but the news just got out

    David Gilmour in concert his latest DVD filmed in 2002
    he dedicate Shine on you crazy Diamond a song from him to him
    and then he say's,
    that Syd HAD a a glitter is his eye's
    talkin' in passed tents.

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    He died last Friday,of a cancer.
    He was a recluse since the early 70's.
    Very influencial character,Bowie,R.E.M,The Damned,Starnglers,and many others owes him alot for their sound and attitude.

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    After Syd left, Pink Floyd was never again as good - much more commercially successful (the U2 way - pander to the masses and get mainstream success) but without the genius. "See Emily Play" remains their greatest moment. As for Syd, it was truly sad - his body died at 60 but his mind and soul were gone before he hit 25 - very similar to the Skip Spence (of Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape) story. Skip was another off-kilter genius who flew too close to the sun. His story was even sadder: violence, mental institutions, and death in his early 50s. Somehow it's not in the grand design for guys like Syd and Skip to be around for long, which is why we instead get saddled with greedy ambitious careerists like Saint Bono and Elvis Costello (who showed HIS true colours back in 79 when he made drunken racist comments about Ray Charles). RIP Syd.

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    Some things never change

    Quote Originally Posted by joelcairo
    After Syd left, Pink Floyd was never again as good - much more commercially successful (the U2 way - pander to the masses and get mainstream success) but without the genius.
    Still hating on U2 huh Joel? I must admit that after hearing you insult Bono the way you did it doesn't surprise me to hear you echo the same gibberish about Roger Waters. Congratulations, you have further put yourself on the fringe of musical "taste" by insulting not just one, but two of the greatest songwriters of all time.

    Pray tell, what obscure quotes from so called music critics like yourself will you offer this time in support of your claim that, like Bono, Roger Waters sucks. Better yet, spare me, I'll just take your word for it and immediately trash my entire collection of Floyd. Wish You Were Here, trash, Dark Side of the Moon, trash, The Wall, trash, etc, etc...Happy? Sadly I don't see you as being a happy guy Joel. Anyone else care to agree with Joel that Roger Waters sucks?? How about Elvis? While were at it, does anyone here hate John Lennon?

    I imagine Rogers upcoming Dark Side of the Moon Tour will have a moving tribute to Sid worked into it. One can only wish that Gilmour and Waters would give it one more go.
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    The only reason that Waters is doing a Dark Side tour is due to the incredible success of the Australian Pink Floyd that have been doing this for a few years now. In fact I doubt that Waters' own performance will be their equal.
    Both Waters and Gilmore should let the Floyd sleep in peace, other than performing the occasional song. Unless through some miracle they decide to tour one last time as Pink Floyd. Waters has grown money hungry in the last few years. After Live 8, there was a resurgence of interest in Pink Floyd and Gilmore wished to give all the extra profits to charity but Waters refused. At least Gilmore has continued to tour on his own merits but Waters can't seem to survive without invoking the ghost of Pink Floyd whenever he needs to make some cash. All of that being said, he did seem to be deliriously happy to be performing with the re-united group at Live8 while Gilmore looked like a grumpy sob.

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    Joelcairo,

    To say that PF were never as good without Barrett is your opinion, wich I respect.
    But,I beleive it's a matter of taste.I tend to prefer their ''cosmic'' years,roughfly 1968-72.Pre Dark side,when the band were experimenting with instruments,sounds,drugs,ect...
    Very influential,even today's bands like Radiohead,Portishead,have claim being influenced by PF.
    Between 1968 and 1979 the band never released any singles!
    So maybe they had commercial success,but they've never succombed to the record executives that wanted them to become a pop band a write singels.
    Even their ''less'' experimental albums are far more experimental and progressive than many if not most other rock bands of the day.
    I have nothing agaisnt Costello or U2,but it's just not my type of music.
    I prefer progressive bands,and Floyd with or without Barrett have always been original,creative,forward thinking,progressive and adventurous.
    Just my 3¢
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    When I was growing up in the 1970s Pink Floyd was possibly my favorite rock band, along with the Moody Blues and Led Zeppelin. I personally believe Dark Side of The Moon is one of the 5 greatest rock albums of all time, and I think most rock critics would agree. I don't believe there was another album I ever listened to more than Dark Side of the Moon. It is original, creative and atmospheric, as is "Days of Future Passed" by the Moody Blues.

    David Gilmour is possibly one of the most underrated guitarists of all time. His work on Dark Side of the Moon is nothing short of brilliant.

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    EB, I heartily agree with your band choices and I would like to add King Crimson, Supertramp who were popular in Quebec long before the US knew they existed, the original Genesis with Peter Gabriel and the Strawbs who few here have probably ever heard of. Their albums Hero & Heroine and Ghosts are two of my favorite progressive rock albums of all time.

    One of my favorite Floyd albums is Meddle. I love to listen to Echoes when I'm reading a good book or just trying to relax. I have 5 GB of Pink Floyd tunes on my system and I think I'll revisit some of it tonight.

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    Wow!

    I never thought I,d come across progressive rock fans here on MERB!
    Techman,I'm into all of the bands you've mention and then some...
    King Crimsonionneers of prog rock.Dramatic and pompous,Robert Fripp is another uncredited genious.
    The 1972-74 were their best IMHO,with such players as Bill Bruford and John Wetton and his monstruous bass playing.
    The Strawbs:Pionneers of prog-folk.The albums you've mention are quite representative of their best period.The song AUTUMN sends shills down my spine everytime I ear it!
    Their first keybordist was Rick Wakeman,then future yes kbds.
    Supertramp:their first and second albums criminally underestimated,are my faves.
    The Moodies;pioneers of the mellotron.They,ve created orchestral sounds with just the 5 of them,thanks to said mellotron.
    And the list goes on....

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    Cosmo, how about Emerson, Lake and Palmer? The Moog synthesizer!
    Karn-evil9! When music was actually more than background tracks for the latest cute vocalizer enhanced singer.

    Did you ever listen to Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds album? Narration by Richard Burton and songs by the Moody Blues among others. Amazing disc. Listening to it is better than watching any movie. In fact the last Tom Cruise movie stole the sound of the alien walkers from that album.

    By the way, the Strawbs were in town a few months ago, at the Medley I believe, but they've gone back to being a folk music group which is where they came from.
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    ELP?
    Of course!
    Emerson was to the organ what Hendrix was to guitar!
    He had it cutom made,even the cabinets.
    Yet another pioneer.
    The were rumors back in 70 when the band was coming apart that Hendrix would have join them.
    Would have been HENDRIX,EMERSON LAKE and PALMER=HELP!
    As for the moog synth,same thing he worked closely with Bob Moog,the inventor who sadly passed away too,not long ago.
    You know that R2D2's sqweeking sounds in Star Wars was made by a moog?
    Btw,Carl Palmer was here too,at the medley.last May with his own band.a power trio,WITHOUT keyboards.
    They played ELP stuff as well as classical stuff(no surprise)
    jEFF Waye,yeah lots of bif names on this epic double album.
    Heard it many moons ago,unfortunately can't remember.
    As for the Strawbs,I know they have different configurations,amongst them a folk trio of guitarist,and the full-rock band.
    Most of the current band is from the Hero and Heroin line-up.
    Cronk,Cousins,Lambert,Hawkens,and the third whose name eludes me.(damn Halzheimer!).
    Rock on!

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    btw, any one going to see Roger Waters at the Bell Centre in September?
    Bière Froide, Cold Beer! Tricolore jusqu'au bout!
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    Arrow

    Not me,I'll be at the Gèsu for the ''Festival des Musiques progressives de Montréal''.
    6 acts will be playing the first edition:Echolyn from USA,Hatfield and the North from UK,as well as quebecers Kaos Moon,Miriodor,Karcius and former Maneige pianist Jerome Langlois.
    Those are independent artists making great forward thinking music and they need support.
    Nothing against Waters btw,but I had to make a choice.

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