1967: The First Three Singles

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1967: The First Three Singles
1967 Singles Sampler.jpg
EP by
Released4 August 1997
Recorded1967 at Sound Techniques and Abbey Road Studios, London
GenrePsychedelic rock
Length17:39
LanguageEnglish
LabelEMI
Producer
Pink Floyd chronology
London '66–'67
(1995)
1967: The First Three Singles
(1997)
Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81
(2000)

The 1967 Singles Sampler, or 1967: The First Three Singles, is a compilation album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released in 1997 as a limited edition CD to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band.

Contents[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

1967: The First Three Singles contains digitally remastered versions of all three of the band's 7" singles from 1967, mostly written by then-frontman Syd Barrett, presented in their original 7" mono mixes.[2] The album cover features a collage of the original three single sleeves.

Singles reception[edit]

"Arnold Layne," released on 11 March 1967, reached #20 in the charts,[3] while "See Emily Play," released 16 June 1967, made it to #6,[4] their highest charting single in the UK until the release of "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" in 1979. Conversely, "Apples and Oranges," released 18 November 1967, was largely overlooked, with Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters blaming its poor sales on bad production.[5][6]

Other appearances[edit]

With the exception of "Candy and a Currant Bun" and "Scarecrow," all tracks were previously compiled on the Pink Floyd compilation album Relics in 1971 (albeit with some mixing variations). The duophonic mixes of "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" from Relics would later resurface on the 1983 compilation Works. The proper mono mixes of these two tracks would later appear on Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd in 2001, with the latter reappearing on The Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot in the Door in 2011.

The original mono mixes of all six of these songs were first compiled on The Early Singles, a bonus disc in the 1992 Shine On box set. They would later be issued again on the three-disc, 40th anniversary edition of Piper at the Gates of Dawn in 2007, with "Scarecrow" appearing on the album and the other five tracks appearing on the third disc.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Syd Barrett, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Arnold Layne"2:55
2."Candy and a Currant Bun"2:46
3."See Emily Play"2:54
4."Scarecrow"2:09
5."Apples and Oranges"3:05
6."Paint Box" (Richard Wright)3:47

Personnel[edit]

Pink Floyd

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1967: The First Three Singles at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Pink Floyd - 1967 / The First 3 Singles". Discogs. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Official Charts Company for "Arnold Layne"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Official Charts Company for "See Emily Play"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  5. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas (2005). "Interstellar Overdrive". Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey (New ed.). London: Helter Skelter. p. 98. ISBN 1-905139-09-8.
  6. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "The Underground". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 43. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.