Pink Floyd fans have been eagerly awaiting an archival release of early material for years. Although the CD reissues for Syd Barrett were generous and the CD containing the 1967 Floyd singles were great, the Floyd have been releasing tiny droplets of material since that 1997 CD. The odd instrumental track and Bob Dylan Blues are quite good, but they have not been enough to satiate our appetites.
Black Friday. November 4th, 2015.
Out of nowhere, appears Pink Floyd 1965: Their First Recordings with Syd Barrett, a double 7" boxed set for Record Store Day. 1000 copies are pressed. 4 unreleased songs now available. I am excited. Where do I buy a copy?
A Cavalcade of Bad News
Pink Floyd 1965: Their First Recordings was only available in Europe. This means that folks on my side of the pond had no shot. 4 days later, 4 copies have sold for over $300 on eBay. This was £24 new. I'd prefer to jump for joy, but I'll have to settle for beating my head against the wall (get it?) in frustration. Why such a limited release? A pal noted that this was probably a panicked last minute decision made by the Floyd to extend the copyright on these songs, which will likely run out at the end of the year. That makes sense.
I'd love to own a copy, but not for $300 from a scalper the weekend this was released. It is probable that very few fans were in the right place at the right time to score this one. I hope a few genuine fans paid retail for this. Most didn't and will never be able to. Bummer.
11/30/15 Update from the Pink Floyd Facebook Page:
"On Friday, a special limited edition set of two 7" singles was released, featuring previously unreleased Pink Floyd tracks. There were just over 1000 of these sets available. "Pink Floyd 1965 – Their First Recordings" included Lucy Leave, Double O Bo, Remember Me, Walk With Me Sydney, Butterfly and I'm A King Bee. If you weren't one of the lucky ones to come across one of these in your local record store (the only place they were available from), don't worry, Pink Floyd hope to make them available in some physical form towards the end of next year."