EXTREMELY RARE - (POSSIBLY) SYD BARRETT (STARS) - CIRCA 1972 (UNRELEASED)

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***BEFORE FLAMING THIS SONG OR VIDEO, I MAKE NO CLAIMS THAT THIS IS IN FACT SYD BARRETT OR NOT, BUT PRESENT TO YOU THE SONG AND INFORMATION THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME IN REGARDS TO THE RECORDING!!! I'VE SHARED THIS OUT OF INTEREST TO FANS OF SYD, SINCE WHETHER THIS IS HIM OR NOT, THE SONG HERE IS CERTAINLY IN THE VEIN OF HIS WORKS - THANK YOU!*** -Andy WItmyer

---ABOUT SYD BARRETT AND STARS---

SYD BARRETT (Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett - January 6 1946 -- July 7 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and painter, best remembered as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd. He was the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter during the band's psychedelic years (aka the band's first two albums: mainly their debut, ''The Piper At The Gates of Dawn" - he also appears on a handful of tracks on their second album, "A Saucerful of Secrets") and is credited with creating their name. Barrett left the The Pink Floyd in April 1968 amid speculations of mental illness exacerbated by drug use, and was briefly hospitalized. Barrett would go on two produce two solo albums in the absence of Pink Floyd.

However...

STARS was a short-lived British supergroup that played a small number of live concerts in Cambridge in February 1972. Its members were Syd Barrett on guitar, Twink on drums, and Jack Monck on bass.

---ABOUT THE SONG---

INSTRUMENTAL (Stars - Recorded 1972?)

Replete with heavily distorted guitar tracks - including a semi-distorted, incredibly detuned and feedback-laden acoustic backing track (presumably due to having been run through a bad mic or amp), this untitled 12 minute "jam" appears to have been produced from a basement session that was recorded sometime during in the early months of 1972. Although Twink contributes mid-song with some hand percussion, Syd's numerous overdubs make it difficult to say whether or not bassist Jack Monck was present during this session.

Here, Syd returns to a sound that is not unlike the early Pink Floyd classic Interstellar Overdrive in that the guitarist forgoes any vocals in favor of multiple layers of atonal, spaced out guitar lines - some of which are laden with the kind of aggressive slide techniques that were previously all but missing from the majority of Syd's post-Floyd output.

---MY OWN CONCLUSIONS---

I am not 100% certain that is from the Stars-era, or if this was from a performance recorded earlier - or perhaps even later (possibly during or prior to what might have been Syd's third, but ultimately aborted, 1974 solo album). But, my source, whom I consider to be trustworthy, stands by his original claim. He received a copy many years ago and has done his best to preserve it - by not listening it again until quite recently. There it has sat, until now - or so he says.

I, myself, being a longtime fan of Syd Barrett, am of the opinion that Syd definitely appears on this, regardless of when or where this was produced - I can't say that I've ever heard it before!

I just hope that anyone who has an interest in Syd Barrett or the Pink Floyd take a listen and decide for themselves.

Sincerely,
Andy WItmyer

Additional info on the mystery surrounding this the lost tapes added by Busky42 - follow the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUpawN...

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