After prodigious LSD intake warped his psyche and cost him his creative leadership in Pink Floyd, the fragile Syd Barrett was helped into the studio by Floyd's new overlords, David Gilmour and Roger W

After prodigious LSD intake warped his psyche and cost him his creative leadership in Pink Floyd, the fragile Syd Barrett was helped into the studio by Floyd's new overlords, David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Twenty-two tracks from those 1969-1970 sessions are compiled here, including beloved favorites such as "Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe)," "Octopus," "Gigolo Aunt," "Terrapin," "Effervescing Elephant," and "Baby Lemonade." Barrett frequently teeters between lucidity and madness, but his off-kilter ingenuity shines through on the sweet "Here I Go," where he takes up with the sister of an old girlfriend who prefers "a big band" to Syd's own creations. Also included is the sly "Bob Dylan's Blues," available for the first time here. Essential listening from a man who, despite having not released one note of new music in almost 30 years, remains one of the most compelling and enigmatic figures in psychedelic rock, if not all of pop music.—JC