This Pink Floyd article was written by Ben Kendall, a GIGsoup contributor.
Pink Floyd have confirmed the official release of their very first recordings, on an EP entitled ‘1965: Their First Recordings’ via Parlophone. A statement reads: “To mark 50 years since the tracks were recorded, Pink Floyd have released a limited edition set of two seven-inch singles containing the band’s first recordings.”
The EP consists of six songs recorded between December 1964 – January 1965, previously unreleased by the band. Featuring five original songs written by Floyd’s first frontman Syd Barrett and Roger Waters, and a cover song of legendary blues musician Slim Harpo.
The seven-inch singles were released with no publicity, and were limited to only 1,000 copies. However, the band have stated that they “hope to make them available in some physical form towards the end of next year.”
As well as Barrett, Waters, and long-time band members Richard Wright and Nick Mason, the EP is the only official release of the band to feature guitarist Bob Klose, and Juliette Gale (vocals on ‘Walk with Me Sydney’) who would later be Wright’s first wife.
It’s strongly speculated that the band released ‘Their First Recordings’ to extend the copyright of the recordings. Due to the United Kingdom’s 50-year copyright law, the tracks were in danger of expiring, so they were likely released as an act of the band to keep hold of the rights to their material, and keep them away from the public domain.
The following is the track listing (title and writers) of ‘1965: Their First Recordings’:
- ‘Lucy Leave’ – Syd Barrett
- ‘Double O Bo’ – Barrett
- ‘Remember Me’ – Barrett
- ‘Walk with Me Sydney’ – Roger Waters
- ‘Butterfly’ – Barrett
- ‘I’m a King Bee’ – Slim Harpo