What kind of Pink Floyd
fan are you ?
What is your attitude towards Floyd bootlegs ?
You like only live bootlegs with the best sound quality. So you already may have all the recording from the band rated 9 or 10/10 : all the BBC sessions / The Montreux festivals 1970 & 1971 / The Man & the Journey from the Concertgebouw 1969 / The Electric Factory 1970 / the Rainbow 20 Feb 1972 (best on tour) and maybe others
You don't want to own bootlegs for archival purposes, but for listening pleasure. So you're happy to stick with the list of bootlegs mentioned above, since you don't want to have 100 times the same setlist with few variations from one concert to another.
But you know that in some particular occasion, the Floyd played some special versions of their songs, or played songs sporadically before dropping them out of their set-list...
These special or rare versions can be found on many bootlegs, but would you like to have them all ? For most of them the sound isn't top quality. You'd like to listen to these songs only but not to the whole concert and to a 10th version of "Saucerful of secrets" for example. Even more if the sound is bad.
If you're this kind of Pink Floyd fan, THIS COMPILATION BOOTLEG IS FOR YOU
It contains many rare tracks or special versions of most common tracks. Sound quality is not always the best, but I have selected the best I could find. I am very demanding on the sound quality, so I rate very severely unlike most bootlegers/fans who have a tendency to rate "excellent" or "very good" recordings that, to me, are barely listenable...
I am particularly happy with the Moonhead version from the BBC TV which sounds much better than any other versions I could find, even on the ultimate "A Tree Full of Secrets" bootleg anthology.
This is a 3 CD boxset, with complete artwork, and an 8-page booklet with full details for each track, which are summarized below :
Music from the film More, recorded March 1969. Unreleased and different versions than the soundtrack album. Quality 8/10
London, BBC studio 1969. Unreleased track used in a TV documentary on the night of the first moonlanding. This track is basically a bass riff, which was years later recycled in the middle instrumental bridge of Money
. Quality 7/10
4. The violence sequence
5. The amazing pudding
Live in Paris, France, theatre de Champs Elysees, 23 Jan 1970. Quality 9/10
6. Main theme from More
8. The violence suite (Heart beat, pig meat / Quicksilver / Moonhead / violence sequence)
Live in Birmingham, 11 Feb 1970. Historical performance, these songs were almost never performed live. Quality 5/10
1. Astronomy domine
Live St Raphael USA, 17 Oct 1970. The shortest (6 min) version of this song ever performed in 1970. Quality 7/10
2. Introduction : the massed gadget of Auximenes and the knights of the teutonic order
3. The labyrinths of Auximenes
4. Grooving with a pict
Live Hamburg, Germany 14 Nov. 1970. Labyrinths
(often mistitled Corrosion
on many bootlegs) is a different version of Moonhead. Grooving is a unique performance, and Embryo features an extra experimental jam. Quality 7/10
6. Allan's psychedelic breakfast
Live in Sheffield, England, 22 Dec. 1970. This track was performed live only 5 times in Floyd's history. Quality 7/10
7. Blues in the wind
Live in London, Hyde Park, 18 July 1970. Rare short blues played as an introduction to Embryo. Quality 5/10
Live in New York, USA, 5 Nov. 1971. Very long (17 min) and unusual bluesy version, as opposed to the "psychedelic" (as I would call it) standard version. A complete reworking of the song. Quality 6/10
1. The labyrinths of Auximenes
Live in Gothenburg, Sweden, 11 Nov. 1970. Labyrinths
is anther version of Moonhead
. This performance was often mistitled "Librest Spacement Monitor" (!?). Quality 7/10
Live in Cincinnati, USA, 20 Nov. 1971. This is the longest version of this song ever performed (27 min !). Maybe because of technical problem ? The extended jam features parts reminiscent of Echoes
. Quality 7/10
3. Childhood's end
Live in Zurich, Switzerland, 9 Dec. 1972. This song was only played sporadically in 1972. Quality 7/10
4. Obscured by clouds
5. When you're in
Live in London, England, 19 May 1973. Rare track played only at some 1973 shows. Quality 6/10
6. Obscured by clouds
7. When you're in
Live in London, England, 5 Nov. 1973. These versions are very different to the above performance some months earlier. "Obscured" is played here very very slow, and "When You're in" is very short. Quality 6/10
3 CD box set complete with artwork and booklet
mp3 @ 256 kbps