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1967: The First 3 Singles

Pink Floyd — 1967: The First 3 Singles (1997, January 6, 2004) EP

  Pink Floyd — 1967: The First 3 Singles (1997, January 6, 2004) EP
φ   The 1967 Singles Sampler, or 1967: The First Three Singles, is a limited–edition compilation album by Pink Floyd.
φ   Limited edition 1997 EMI release, part of the band's 30th anniversary. It features the A and extremely rare B–sides to their first three singles, all from 1967: 'Arnold Layne'w/ 'Scarecrow', 'Candy And A Currant Bun' w/ 'Apples And Oranges' & 'See Emily Play.
Location: Cambridge, England
Album release: January 6, 2004
Record Label: EMI Records Ltd.
Duration:     17:40
01. Arnold Layne      2:56
02. Candy And A Currant Bun      2:47
03. See Emily Play      2:54
04. Scarecrow      2:09
05. Apples And Oranges      3:06
06. Paint Box      3:48
φ   Written by Syd Barrett
φ   Track 6 written by Richard Wright
φ   Tracks 1 and 2 produced by Joe Boyd
φ   Tracks 3–6 produced by Norman Smith
The Band
•   Syd Barrett — Guitar, Vocals
•   Roger Waters — Bass and Backing vocals
•   Richard Wright — Keyboards, Lead and Backing vocals
•   Nick Mason — Drums and Percussion
℗ 1997 The copyright in this compilation is owned by EMI Records Ltd.
© 1997 EMI Records Ltd.
φ   Released in a foldout cardboard sleeve.
φ   The album cover includes the original artwork which was found on each of the singles. "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" both later appeared on Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd in 2001. All of these appear on the 40th anniversary, three–disc edition, of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, as "Scarecrow" appears on the album and the third disc has the others.
φ   In 1997, EMI Records issued Pink Floyd's first three singles along with their respective B–sides as a CD EP entitled "Pink Floyd/1967: The First 3 Singles." Collectors take note: The songs here are in their original, mono format.
The 1967 Singles Sampler, or 1967: The First Three Singles, is a limited edition compilation album by Pink Floyd which was released in 1997 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band. It features the bands first three singles and b sides, which were written mostly by their band leader, Syd Barrett. "Arnold Layne" reached number #20 in the charts while "See Emily Play" made it to number #6, their highest charting single in the U.K until the release of Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) in 1979. "Apples and Oranges" was largely overlooked, with Roger Waters blaming its poor sales on bad production. "Paintbox" had been released previously along with "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" on the Relics compilation album. "Scarecrow" also featured on the band's debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn". The album cover includes the original artwork which was found on each of the singles. 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play' both later appeared on the Echoes compilation album in 2001.
Review by Andy Kellman;  Score: ****½
φ   1967: The First Three Singles compiles exactly what it advertises. While four of the six songs can be found on the far more substantial (and indispensable) Relics compilation and The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the EP does provide a service by making "Apples and Oranges" and "Candy and a Currant Bun" available to those who didn't purchase the Shine On box set. (The box contained a bonus disc entitled "The Early Singles," which essentially functions as a hybrid of this EP and Relics without including everything offered by both.) The big question is why this particular disc doesn't bother to include the fourth and fifth singles, released a year later. After all, it would have made for a more serviceable release, making "Point Me at the Sky" and "It Would Be So Nice" available to non-Shine On owners. Not only that, but after 1968 the band didn't release another single for an entire decade. Outside of the nit picking, "Apples and Oranges" and "Candy and a Currant Bun" are worth the budget price for those who love the Syd Barrett era of the band, just as loopy and melodic as anything on Piper. The chipper "Candy and a Currant Bun," the B–side to "Arnold Layne," was originally titled "Let's Roll Another One" until the BBC made it clear that they wouldn't play a song with that title. A song about dope smoking, the band opted to make the title relatively innocuous. "Apples and Oranges" was the third A–side (following the great success of "See Emily Play"), viewed accurately by the band to be a fine song marred by bad production. :: http://www.allmusic.com/
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