Syd Barrett 1972 live recording gets official CD release
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 28 June 2014

Six Hour Technicolor Dream - Last Minute Put Together Boogie BandSix Hour Technicolor Dream, a legendary live recording of a show by the Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band, which for many Syd Barrett fans has been seen as "the Holy Grail" as it is probably the last recorded live performance by Barrett, has this month had an official CD release on the Easy Action label.

The show took place at Cambridge Corn Exchange on January 27th, 1972, and includes as part of the show, Syd (along with Fred Frith) jamming with the band which consisted of Jack Monck, Twink, and Bruce Paine. Syd had attended their show the previous evening, and jammed with them. Clearly taken by the experience, he joined them again for this show, which was captured on tape. A couple of days after this show, the band - including Syd - transformed into the short-lived Stars, which focused on Barrett material and some blues jamming.

The release is well packaged, using a gatefold cover, featuring the rare poster for the show that reveal tickets were a mere 60p in advance, or 70p on the door. The poster is repeated inside, as the cover of the booklet which gives more information on the show, and a revealing interview with Twink, talking about those days with Syd. The CD label itself is rather droll, with the spindle hole replacing the big cat's open mouth.

Syd and Fred don't appear until track five, Drinkin' That Wine, and they also appear on the subsequent Number Nine and Gotta Be A Reason. Sound quality throughout the CD is pretty variable with the occasional tape and recording drop-out (with the tape deck on stage, cables were occasionally caught and pulled out!). Despite this, you can hear the clear difference musically on the three Syd-featuring tracks. His playing can be easily heard and for me, make for a very interesting third of this recording. Don't, however, expect too much - this is more aimed at the hardcore Syd fans amongst you.

An amount from the sale of this release has gone to the Syd Barrett Estate. If you wish to add this CD to your collection, you can order it now through these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.