|Produced by Norman Smith, The Pink Floyd, Joe Boyd|
|Released on May 14, 1971|
|UK CHART POSITION #32 . . . US CHART POSITION #152|
|Find it at GEMM|
|4M 034-52150 cover
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F or those who like their Pink rare and well done, I suppose. Relics collects nonalbum A sides and B sides plus a few popular album cuts, which has it at cross purposes: shallow archaeology and the pick of Pink. Since you were more likely to run across a cutout or budget price copy of Relics in the record bins than most Pink Floyd works, I’ve never given it much respect. The junky version I own (Sounds Superb, my royal cantaloupe halves) doesn’t help matters. And yet there’s no getting around the fact that “Arnold Layne” and “See Emily Play” are must-owns in the Pink canon that couldn’t be found anywhere else. (Fast-forward to 1983 and Works relegates Relics to the dust of ages again.) As for the three non-album B sides, they’re interesting but not exactly essential moments. “Paintbox” is a fair approximation of Peppers-era Beatles, “Julia Dream” pink narcosis, “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” a psychedelic instrumental more notable for its label than its contents. The essential moments actually number four: the opening trio (“Interstellar Overdrive” is and ever shall be amazing) and the closing “Bike.” What’s sandwiched in between is a mix of white fluff and reddish meat. Two tracks from More is more than necessary, while the heretofore unheard “Biding My Time,” unique to this album, is only a modestly good use of it (time, that is). Of course, I’ve never encountered a satisfactory Pink Floyd compilation. The albums are wondrous worlds, the compilations simply star matter stuck together.
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||May 14, 1971||Starline||LP||SRS 5071|
|US||May 14, 1971||Harvest||LP||SW-759|
|EEC||October 1978||M.f.P./Sounds Superb||LP||4M 034-52150||b&w cover|
|AUS'L||EMI||CD||CDAX 701290||unique "coin" cover|
|EUR||1996||EMI||CD||835603||digital remaster w. unique cover|
|US||August 6, 1996||Capitol||CD/CS||35603||digital remaster w. unique cover|
|JPN||May 16, 2001||EMI/Toshiba||CD||TOCP-65556||digital remaster|
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