THE PINK FLOYD:"SEE EMILY PLAY/SCARECROW". UK 7" DEMO/PROMO 1967.
THE PINK FLOYD: "SEE EMILY PLAY/SCARECROW".
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE HIGHLY SORT AFTER COLUMBIA 7" DEMONSTRATION DISC. 1967.
CATOLOGUE NO: COLUMBIA DB 8214
MATRIX: 7XCA 30214/30215
Owned since new.
This is probably one of the most sort after demonstration/promo discs you will find today. I believe only 1000 were ever pressed in the UK. They were unique as they were issued in a picture sleeve designed by Syd Barrett who also wrote both tracks . Columbia green label with white A on A side and green only flipside. With release date. Now almost unobtainable in the market. I have only found one other for sale currently on line (not Ebay).
BACKGROUNDSee Emily Play" is also known as "Games for May", after a free concert in which Syd Barrett's The Pink Floyd performed. The song was reportedly about a girl named Emily, who Barrett claimed to have seen while sleeping in the woods after taking a psychedelic drug. According to A Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey, by Nicholas Schaffner, Emily is the Honourable Emily Young, daughter of Wayland Young, 2nd Baron Kennet, and the sister of author Louisa Young, and nicknamed "the psychedelic schoolgirl" at the UFO Club. An article in Mojo magazine called "See the Real Emily" supposedly shows a picture of Barrett's Emily. It has been suggested by some that the slide guitar effect was produced by Barrett using a Zippo lighter, but elsewhere that he used a plastic ruler. The train depicted on the single's sleeve was drawn by Barrett.
RECORDINGThe details as to the recording remain shrouded in mystery due to the lack of paperwork in the EMI archive. Engineer Jeff Jarrett recalls that "See Emily Play" was recorded in a much longer form which was then edited down for the single release. It was recorded at Sound Techniques studios on 21 May 1967.[There was much trickery involved in the recording with backward tapes, much use of echo and reverb, and the first piano bridge between the first chorus and second verse was recorded at a slow pace then sped up for the final master. The four-track master tape was wiped or misplaced. It no longer exists and has never been mixed into true stereo; it was reprocessed for fake stereo on the 1971 Relics compilation. Barrett, reputedly, was not happy with the final studio cut, and he protested against its release, which producer Norman Smith speculated was based on his fear of commercialism. It was during sessions for the song that David Gilmour visited the studio. It was last played live by the band on 25 November 1967 in Blackpool.
Reached number 6 in the UK in 1967 when the group were still called The Pink Floyd.
I obtained this copy while working as a buyer for Keith Prowse Records in London in 1967. Played a lot but still sounds great. This is a very rare popular music historical masterpiece for the lucky buyer.
PLEASE NOTE: The Buy It Now price is an averagely weighted price based on the sales of this demo at specialist auctions or online in recent years, which there have been only a few that I have researched. Condition as detailed is also taken into account. It is neither the most expensive or cheapest. Serious buyers only please.
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