Released May 14, 1971
Recorded 1967 - 1969
Genre Progressive Rock
Length 49:38
Label EMI
Producer(s) Pink Floyd, Norman Smith
Relics is a compilation album by Pink Floyd released in 1971. The album was released on May 14 in the UK and July 15 in the United States. A re-mastered CD was released in 1996 with a different album cover; a three-dimensional version of the original sketch drawn by drummer Nick Mason for the initial release.

Until the more definitive release of The Early Singles (1992), Relics was most noted for its inclusion of Syd Barrett-era hit singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", as well as B-sides to three other singles. It also includes a previously-unreleased, studio recording of a Roger Waters composition, "Biding My Time", which had otherwise only been heard by live audiences as part of "The Man/The Journey" concert sequence. The rest of the songs were identical to their album versions.

Relics reached #34 in the UK and #153 in the US.

Track Listing

  1. "Arnold Layne" (Barrett) – 2:56
    • Single A-side released March 11, 1967
  2. "Interstellar Overdrive" (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) – 9:43
  3. "See Emily Play" (Barrett) – 2:53
    • Single A-side released June 17, 1967
  4. "Remember a Day" (Wright) – 4:29
  5. "Paint Box" (Wright) – 3:33
    • Single B-Side to "Apples and Oranges", released November 18, 1967
  6. "Julia Dream" (Waters) – 2:37
    • Single B-Side to "It Would Be So Nice", released April 13, 1968
  7. "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" (Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason) – 5:45
    • Single B-Side to "Point Me At the Sky", released December 7, 1968
  8. "Cirrus Minor" (Waters) – 5:18
  9. "The Nile Song" (Waters) – 3:25
  10. "Biding My Time" (Waters) – 5:18 (Previously unreleased)
  11. "Bike" (Barrett) – 3:21


The album cover was designed by drummer Nick Mason, and according to him is the only concrete product of his years at architecture school in the Regent Street Polytechnic.

When the album was released on CD, former Hipgnosis partner Storm Thorgerson had a real-life version of the contraption on the cover made and presented it to Mason. It still resides in Mason's home.


  • The weird four-eyed face on the original U.S. album cover was actually an antique bottle opener.

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