Dyolf Wrote:1. The Grand Vizier's Garden Party
3. Pow R Toc H
5. Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast
6. The Happiest Days of Our Lives (should never have been included on "Echoes")
7. A New Machine
9. Julia Dream
I'm with you on several of these tunes, but Julia Dream and Paintbox are actually two of my all-time fave Floyd songs. I love some of the early Syd-like stuff that Roger and Rick wrote... Remember a Day and Cirrus Minor are a couple of other obvious examples. Obviously, they were trying to emulate Syd, but I think they did a great job of it, resulting in great little acid-pop tunes. Relics rules!
I actually like Seamus, too--it would be really annoying if it went on for very long, but at 2:15 minutes, it is a nice interjection of humour. Sisyphus is pretty cool, too--serious avant-garde insanity, and the best thing on the studio disk of Ummagumma.
Anyway, my personal least fave PF tunes:
1). Terminal Frost (Kenny G, anyone?)
2). Yet Another Movie (thought this was cool and mysterious-sounding when I was 18, but now it just sounds like 4 chords repeating endlessly over a repetitious melody and overbearing synth parts)
3). Dogs of War (fairly good music and singing, but horrible, cliqued lyrics. It's amazing to me that Anthony Moore later wrote a lot of the moving lyrics to Broken China... here, he sounds like a real hack)
4). Not Not John (liked it when I was a kid, now it just seems an overblown, shrill and annoying cockrock tune, with Dave sounding macho and Roger sounding constipated)
5). The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (boring as hell, with Nick playing around with his drums, and what a pathetic little melody that his wife plays on the flute or recorder or whatever).
6). Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast (The breakfast noises are amusing exactly one time, and the first few musical sections are hardly an improvement, although there are some nice parts near the end where Dave does some cool stuff over a great Rick piano chord progression. AHM would be much improved if they had just left this off)
7). One of My Turns (first you get an "ominous" synth playing dreary, aimless chords, and then Roger starts tunelessly warbling about his failed marriage--the whole thing sounds like a mix of the worst aspects of PF and post-Peter Gabriel Genesis, although it is somewhat redeemed when the guitars and drums kick in... until the end when Roger sings "WHY ARE YOU RUNNING AWWWAAAAY, and the song segues into...)
8). Don't Leave Me Now (the SAME EXACT "ominous" synth tone, except for this time, Roger is yowling instead of warbling about his failed marriage)
9). More Blues (an astoundingly generic blues jam--sounds like a bunch of 15-year old kids noodling in a garage. I assume that Rick isn't on this because he was embarrassed by it)
10). A Spanish Piece: (might have been a decent little flamenco interlude, but is ruined by Dave's moronic muttering in a fake "Spanish" accent)
11). Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk (no wonder Roger doesn't like Piper--you have a bunch of wonderfully witty Syd songs surrounding this embarrassment... This song really cracks me up because it sounds like one of my first few attempts at writing a "song"... come up with an ultra-simplistic riff, and then USE THE EXACT SAME RIFF AS THE VOCAL "MELODY"... then write lyrics under the mistaken impression that you have to have 8 lines in a row that rhyme with each other... "bed," "head," "lead," "bread," "fed," "lead," "bled," "red"... it really sound like junior high school poetry. Most musicians have written this kind of song, but few have been foolish enough to actually record them. The weird thing about this tune though, is that the band plays it so enthusiastically that they almost redeem it!)