Pink Floyd's Eccentric Founder To Release Hits Collection

The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me? to hit stores September 11.

Right before Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd in 1969, he probably thought of asking his bandmates, "Wouldn't you miss me?" Perhaps they did, at least at first, but his absence didn't stop them from recording another 12 albums together. Now, Barrett again is asking the question on his 22-track greatest hits collection, The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?, which comes out September 11.

The Brian Jones of Pink Floyd, Barrett was an eccentric, creative and erratic individual who conceived of the band's name and helped shape its early psychedelic pop sound — he wrote most of the group's first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). However, too many drugs and an unstable personality made him unpredictable. In 1969 he dropped out of the group and entered a mental hospital, and was replaced by David Gilmour, who remains in the group today.

After Barrett's release from the psychiatric facility, he recorded two studio albums, both released in 1970. Madcap Laughs was produced by Floyd members Gilmour and Roger Waters, and Barrett was produced by Gilmour. Barrett's rarities record, Opel, was issued in 1989.

Wouldn't You Miss Me? compiles seven songs from Madcap Laughs, nine from Barrett and four from Opel. The disc also features the BBC Session track "Two of a Kind" and the previously unreleased "Bob Dylan Blues," according to a Capitol Records spokesperson.

Track list for The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?:

  • "Octopus"

  • "Late Night"

  • "Terrapin"

  • "Swan Lee (Silas Lang)"

  • "Wolfpack"

  • "Golden Hair"

  • "Here I Go"

  • "Long Gone"

  • "No Good Trying"

  • "Opel"

  • "Baby Lemonade"

  • "Gigolo Aunt"

  • "Dominoes"

  • "Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe)"

  • "Wined and Dined"

  • "Effervescing Elephant"

  • "Waving My Arms in the Air"

  • "I Never Lied to You"

  • "Love Song"

  • "Two of a Kind (BBC Session Track)"

  • "Bob Dylan Blues"

  • "Golden Hair (Instrumental)"