, the iconic, ephemeral, sadly recently-deceased founder and original frontman of Pink Floyd, recorded several singles and an LP (plus at least one song on their second LP) with the band before his genius was amputated by mental illness and they became an arena rock dinosaur. He also recorded two solo albums, the making of which
was almost as interesting as the gentle, crystalline, almost fractal-like music contained on them. However, as Barrett aficionados have long known, the solo sessions produced many more recordings than were eventually released. Now, though, all known Barrett material that wasn't commercially released has been assembled in a fan-made collection: Have You Got It Yet?, version 2.0
of which has just been released to the world. More download links inside.
The collection was compiled by the Laughing Madcaps
Yahoo group. If you join, you can alternatively ask a member to send you the collection via mail rather than downloading it.
Basically, volumes 1, 2 and 3 cover his time with the Floyd (including their ultra-rare first recording, King Bee b/w Lucy Leave, and several versions of his equally rare last recordings with them, Vegetable Man and Scream Your Last Scream), volume 4 is never-before-heard outtakes from his solo recording sessions (none of which were released on Opel, bonus tracks for the rerelease of Madcap, etc.), and the rest of the volumes contain various interviews and other odds and ends. Version 2.0 consists of better quality versions of the tracks on volumes 1&2 of version 1. The whole collection is a large download, and if you're not interested in all of it I would recommend grabbing version 2.0, then using a BitTorrent client such as Azureus which allows you to select individual files and grabbing just volumes 3 and 4 from version 1.
Complete track listing and download link for volumes 1-10 of version 1
And, just as a bonus:
Legendary interview with Rolling Stone, 1971
Trouser Press article, 1978
- probably the best article ever written about Syd