1967: The First Three Singles

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1967: The First Three Singles
EP by Pink Floyd
Released December 1997
Recorded 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock, psychedelic pop
Length 17:39
Language English
Label EMI
Producer Joe Boyd and Norman Smith
Pink Floyd chronology
Pulse
(1995)
1967 Singles Sampler
(1997)
Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81
(2000)

The 1967 Singles Sampler, or 1967: The First Three Singles, is a limited-edition compilation album by Pink Floyd.

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

1967: The First Three Singles was released in 1997 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band. It features the band's first three singles, which were written mostly by their band leader, Syd Barrett. The album was distributed by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States. All tracks are either extended or edited versions of the original singles.[citation needed]

Singles[edit]

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

Cover[edit]

The album cover includes the original artwork which was found on each of the singles. "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" both later appeared on Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd in 2001. All of these appear on the 40th anniversary, three-disc edition, of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, as "Scarecrow" appears on the album and the third disc has the others.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Syd Barrett, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
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. ^ "UK chart info for "Arnold Layne"". Chart Stats. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "UK chart info for "See Emily Play"". Chart Stats. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas (2005). "Interstellar Overdrive". Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey (New ed.). London: Helter Skelter. p. 98. ISBN 1-905139-09-8. 
  5. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "The Underground". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 43. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.