Pink Floyd, Relics

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 06.09.11 in Reviews


Pink Floyd
Non-LP singles and other hard-to-find tracks

Originally released in 1971 after Atom Heart Mother topped the charts in the U.K., Relics is an intriguing curio box of singles, b-sides and album cuts from the 1960s, including several tracks from the original lineup with Syd Barrett. For many years, Relics was the only place a Pink Floyd fan could find the brilliant non-LP singles "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" — two of the finest singles to burst forth from the first British psychedelic era — or "Paint Box," the Rick Wright-penned b-side of Barrett's "Apples and Oranges" (sadly not included here) without paying a collector's ransom. Though those three songs remain the most essential cuts on this compilation, other hard-to-find Relics tracks include Roger Waters's lovely, mellotron-wrapped lullaby "Julia Dream" (originally the flip of 1968's "It Would Be So Nice"), and "Careful With That Axe, Eugene," the slow-building instrumental b-side of the 1968 single "Point Me at the Sky" that would later be re-recorded for the Zabriskie Point soundtrack as "Come In Number 51, Your Time Is Up." Rarest of all, if not exactly mandatory listening, is the Waters-penned "Biding My Time," a song that had previously been performed by the band on their 1969 tour, but had never been released before Relics, and has never been officially made available anywhere else.