Appearing here due to a request - actually for a hard copy - but seeing as how I've cleaned it up: removed glitches, offensive clicks and pops and moments of silence, thought I'd post it here, to allow you to grab a good version of this superb boot.
Dark Side of the Sky provides everything you want from a live recording; that being something different from the ever so familiar.
Recorded a whole year before the release of Dark Side of the Moon, this performance from the Rainbow Theatre reflects very much a work in progress.
It's harder and gutsier than the eventual release, and with keys subdued Gilmour dominates, and he's in an angry, ball-breaking mood (no hippie shit this!).
'On the Run' is unrecognisable; played out here in a loose jazz-funky-kinda style [!]; 'The Great Gig in the Sky' features extraordinary samples, far more interested in exploring and delineating insanity than death.
I'm not sure if 'Time' is missing a few lines, or whether the lyric hasn't been properly nailed; its certainly sung in an odd order, and seems to me the vocal is given up, again to make way for Gilmour to kick-out, which he certainly does, in what must be the best 'Time' solo ever.
'Us and Them' is definitely cut and spliced; and one can imagine the stressed-out recorder desperately loading another tape.
The two tracks from Atom Heart Mother were recorded at the Paris Theatre two years earlier.
Not really sure why they're on here; but hey, they're pretty good, and it's a particularly good version of the album's title track: very parpy; very organic.
So enjoy this.
It's always a treat to hear something so familiar subverted; even better when that subversion comes from the originators.
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Sky
Rainbow Theatre, February 1972:
Speak to Me
On the Run
The Great Gig in the Sky
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Paris Theatre, September 1970:
Atom Heart Mother
Originally ripped from vinyl @320kbs
Much cleaned up! As good as it gets!
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