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Crazy Diamond (Syd Barrett album) (An Alternate Pink Floyd)

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Crazy Diamond


Original LP Cover.

Studio album by Syd Barrett
Released 06 July 1981
Recorded November 1979 - March 1981
Genre Progressive rock, Pop rock
Length 46:18
Label Harvest(UK/Europe)
Columbia (US)
Producer Syd Barrett, Richard Wright
Syd Barrett chronology
The Last Days of Keith Adventurer
Crazy Diamond
Approaching the Red Clouds
1. "Looking for Someone?" (Barrett)
Release: 14 August 1981
2. "Milky Way" (Barrett)
Release: 15 August 1981

Crazy Diamond is the fourth studio album of new material released by the british songwriter-singer Syd Barrett.

The album was written by Syd Barrett after his short rehabilitation since 1977. The musician resumed his career, touring the United Kingdom, more precisely, the cities of Cambridge and London.

The album name clearly refers to the music of Pink Floyd, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, which is a great tribute to Barrett.

The album was a huge success, reaching the #2 position at the UK Album Charts, and the #11 Position at the Billboard 200.

Despite being launched in 1981, the album had a world tour between October 1982 and May 1983. It was the first Floyd to make a gig in South America.


During 1973 to 1974, Syd Barrett recorded several musical sessions, to make a new album, but the idea was cancelled for a while, because Barrett entered in a short rehabilitation.

During that time, he became recluse at his home in Cambridge, and his profession, a painter. After his rehabilitation, Barrett began its sessions, and had four songs on paper, "It Doesn't Matter What I'll Do", "High Dreamin'", "Rhamadan" and "Looking for Someone?", The latter being the single from the album.


The former Floyd (at the time), Richard Wright, worked on the album along with Barrett, being the backing vocal on some songs.

Norman Smith and Peter Brown worked in the album's sound engineering. It was recorded at Abbey Road.

Songs like Rhamadan and Milky Way were re-recorded. During production of the album, David Gilmour and Nick Mason appeared in the studio that Syd was working. Roger Waters appeared some days later.

Release and reception

On the beginning of 1981, it was revealed by Harvest Records and Abbey Road, Syd Barrett was working on a new album entitled "Rhamadan", and later changed the name to "Crazy Diamond". The news caused a stir, generating great excitement in people, and the hype grew increasingly.

In the album's release day, it quickly sold out, sales were high, exceeding 1 million units in almost eight months. It is titled as one of the best solo albums of all time.

Glad to see that Barrett has fully recovered of what were with him before, without losing that would be his musical essence. Especially to see that he has reached a great success with this album.
—David Gilmour, The Sun, August 1981

World Tour

During the tour, this was the setlist played in several shows.

First Set:

  1. Astronomy Domine
  2. Clowns and Jugglers
  3. Keith Adventurer and the Mystical Island
  4. Vegetable Man
  5. Terrapin
  6. Wouldn't You Miss Me?
  7. See Emily Play
  8. Flaming

Second Set:

  1. Rhamadan
  2. Over the Ocean
  3. Looking for Someone?
  4. Deep Breath
  5. It Doesn't Matter What I'll Do
  6. High Dreamin'
  7. Pew-Pow-Paa
  8. Milky Way


  1. Holiday
  2. Silas Lang
  3. Summer '68 (Sometimes: Remember a Day)
  4. Interstellar Overdrive

Track listing

Side A

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Rhamadan" Barrett Instrumental 20:16
2. "Over the Ocean" Barrett Barrett, Wright 3:37
Total Length: 23:53

Side B

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Looking for Someone?" Barrett Barrett 4:22
2. "Deep Breath" Barrett Barrett 3:19
3. "It Doesn't Matter What I'll Do" Barrett Barrett, Wright 3:58
4. "High Dreamin'" Barrett Barrett 2:28
5. "Pew-Pow-Paa" Barrett Barrett, Wright 5:10
6. "Milky Way" Barrett Barrett 3:08
Total Length: 22:25


  • Syd Barrett - lead guitar, vocals
  • Richard Wright - Hammond organ, backing vocals, synthesizer
  • John Gustafson - bass guitar, synthesizer
  • Terry Bozzio - drums, percussion
  • Dick Parry - saxophone in "Looking for Someone?", "Pew-Pow-Paa" and "Milky Way"


  • Syd Barrett - producer
  • Richard Wright - producer

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