Label: Sigma - Sigma 89 • Format: 3x, CD Unofficial Release • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock
Disc 1 The Eloise - Tino Casal* - Grandes Éxitos Daybreak pt.
Back in late February a new tape source for a well know concert by The Pink Floyd surfaced, and thankfully was being shared on a well know torrent site. The tape was unearthed and transferred and I think the original liner notes need to be shared; I am a sucker for this kind of information so take a read.
This recording comes from a 40 years old master tape and has never been circulated before. Many recordings based on various FM broadcasts are in circulation, however this is the first time a complete audience tape surfaces and gives us the complete and correct running order of all the songs. Pink Floyd also played the same venue the day after, 24 January, but no recording of this second performance is to be known.
Some parts between the songs may also be missing, since the recorder was stopped to save the tape. Because of a low recording level, the original recordings had a terrible amount of hiss. The right channel has also a lower volume than the left channel. I did some adjustment, but I did not increased too much the The Lady Is A Tramp - Lester Lanin And His Orchestra - Lets Dance!
(8-Track Cartridge) channel since it was increasing its hiss as well. The original taper also recorded Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin, the latter tape instantly making the rounds and has already been pressed onto at least three silver Sleep [a.k.a. Quicksilver] - Pink Floyd - The Man In Paris by various companies. Needless to say I was very excited when I saw the new Floyd recording among a new batch of releases by Sigma, the first tape source for this concert was a low fi recording done from a radio broadcast.
The tape was sadly incomplete and featured bits of both sets, now we have pretty much the complete show. The audience recording featured here Sleep [a.k.a.
Quicksilver] - Pink Floyd - The Man In Paris a very good audience recording; the volume does fluctuate from time to time but is well balanced and clear. There is a small amount of hiss present, something that is not uncommon with tapes of this age and Sigma has increased the volume a little and slowed the tape speed down slightly resulting in slightly longer disc time versus the original torrent by just over a minute.
It also sounds like they gave some slight masters to help even the recording out making for an extremely enjoyable listening experience. At the beginning of the song there are quite a few microphone bumps as the taper positions his equipment. It is well received and gets a nice ovation from the audience at its conclusion. It is Pretty Peggy-O - Bob Dylan - Like Marlon Brando mundane song that really heats up with a nice Dave Gilmour solo towards the end.
There is a small section of tape warble about but is short and not harsh sounding. The song is 10 minutes in length and since it does not contain the footsteps section the band has no trouble fleshing out the song with instrumental improvisation, the tie that binds Sleep [a.k.a. Quicksilver] - Pink Floyd - The Man In Paris early Floyd sound together. As the band prepares for the final number of the first half the sound of a bird is heard chirping in the hall, one of Wrights many pre recorded effects.
The second disc contains the second set of the show and the band presenting a more traditional set of songs, traditional for late and early is astounding. The band had two excellent records released in the form of Ummagumma and More not to mention the soundtrack to the film Zabriskie Pointthe band were finally finding their own post Syd voice so to speak. There are some microphone hits at the very beginning, I am sure the taper had his equipment hidden and would get it into position as the lights go down.
The band remain faithful to Syd, his presence is felt during the vocals, small noises they make are total Barrett, the song gets a fine ovation at its conclusion as Roger thanks the crowd. Dave plays some nice guitar during the aftermath, its does have a couple spots of tape fluctuation but do not affect the overall listening experience.
This compete audience source gives us a wonderful complete rendition to enjoy, one that despite being unreleased gets a nice ovation at its conclusion. It gives one the feel of gently floating on a stream or that nature, it does tend to meander along and is not effective as other songs in the set, and thankfully we have a couple excellent versions to enjoy of this short lived concert piece.
The aftermath features Wrights keyboards cascading over the audience heads in a gentle fashion, the audience is simply transfixed upon the bands output, as usual a superb rendition.
This version is sadly incomplete see notes above Sleep [a.k.a. Quicksilver] - Pink Floyd - The Man In Paris still clocks in at just over 24 minutes. Roger speaks before the song but after repeated listening I cannot make out what he says. The song begins with the sound of seabirds and then Mason has his drum lead into the theme inspired by the Magnificent Seven. It is the interaction between Dave and Rick that propels this part of the songs, the section is long and tedious as they are still in the early phases of the composition, the intensity builds ever so slowly before Dave and Rick are harmonizing on the vocals and the full band kicks in.
Eventually Sleep [a.k.a. Quicksilver] - Pink Floyd - The Man In Paris find the way into the funky section of the song, Rick takes the lead and its results are interesting as he hammers on the piano before Dave breaks in with some leads. Ultimately the band opt to go back into the main theme again, the funky section just never really gets off the ground, the main them return is just a snippet and transitions into a Nick Mason drum solo.
The song again returns to the main theme before it abruptly ends, the recording cuts off the very last bit of music, maybe just 20 seconds or so. Makes you think that in some Rappin Rufus - Rufus Thomas - Rappin Rufus vault the possibility of this complete concert sits on a shelf.
The tape has been edited to remove the drum solo but we do get to hear the full ending of the piece and while the disc is short, clocking in at just under 23 minutes the music found on the disc is an excellent but frustratingly short fragment. This set comes packaged in a fat boy jewel case, adorned with pictures from the actual event, even one showing Rick and his trombone. The cds themselves are a take on the old Harvest LP labels, I also love the artwork lay out and graphics, the old school LP style works perfectly.
My copy actually came with the sticker, a nice addition to the set. I do believe that Sigma could have made this more of a definitive release by making it a 4 disc release and included the complete radio broadcast tape. While it is significantly lower quality than the new source it is certainly worth having and would have made this a complete document of this very important show. The early shows have the band experimenting with the set lists and playing many songs they would never play again.
Anybody interested in Sigma or Godfather-titles from PF or related? Godfather is releaseing their new title and from the looks will be a combined source to complete the show, where Sigma elected to keep the sources seperate.
Tear Down These Walls - Billy Ocean - L I F E (Love Is For Ever), Im Gonna Crawl - Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door, Rail De Musique - Stromae - Cheese, Requiem (K. 626); Rex Tremendae Majestatis - Sir Neville Marriner - Amadeus The Original Soundtrack