Pink Floyd star's tribute to bandmate
David Gilmour is releasing a three-track EP in memory of Syd Barrett
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Pink Floyd star David Gilmour is to release a three-track tribute EP in memory of his former bandmate Syd Barrett, who died earlier this year.
In his online blog, Gilmour reveals that the limited Christmas release will feature two live versions of the psychedelic single Arnold Layne, which was penned by Barrett.
One version of the classic track, which reached number 20 in the charts in 1967 despite being banned by the BBC, features vocals from David Bowie, while the other recording includes vocals from Pink Floyd keyboard player Richard Wright.
Both performances were recorded during gigs Gilmour performed at London's Royal Albert Hall in May.
The special EP will also feature a live cover version of Dark Globe, a track originally written by Barrett for his debut solo album, The Madcap Laughs.
According to Gilmour's website, vinyl and CD versions of the single will be available to buy from high street retailers from Boxing Day, while fans will also be able to download the CD for a limited period from Christmas Day until January 14th.
Barrett, a founding member of Pink Floyd who was credited by some critics as being the genius behind the group's early success, died of pancreatic cancer in July at the age of 60.
The Pink Floyd guitarist, who left the band after just three years following drugs problems, spent the last days of his life living as a recluse in Cambridge.
Next week various items belonging to the star, reportedly ranging from a guitar to a homemade bread bin, will be put up for auction.