Just been listening to some early (very early!) Pink Floyd music from 1967 and it honestly sent shivers down my spine. The two most obviously ‘popular’ are Arnold Layne and See Emily Play which are just amazingly ‘complete’ as songs, not least because they came from the mind of that poor twisted soul, the late Syd Barrett.
Ok their voices aren’t particularly great, and their arrangements weren’t fully developed, yet there was something special about the lyrics that you can still feel today. Well *I* can anyway, it was after all ‘my era. 🙂
There’s a peculiarly perhaps aptly, strange version of See Emily Play on YouTube if you’d like a listen. It isn’t as good as the single (mainly because of the sound reproduction) but you’ll get the idea. There’s also an ‘interesting’ video of sorts of Arnold Layne for you to puzzle over. Last I’d suggest having a look at my all time favourite ‘early Floyd’ track which was one of Syd’s last creations… it’s “Bike” and is in my opinion quite exceptional. 😀
Clearly these kids were on something special back then, but whatever it was it affected Syd so badly his mental deterioration caused him to withdraw from the group, and from life in general. Still, long before Dark Side of the Moon was even considered, he’d made his mark.
For a few minutes entertainment you could do worse than type ‘Pink Floyd’ into the search bar of You Tube and see what turns up.