Monday, 19 March 2012

It's All Dark

Love this!

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
Breathe (Reprise)
The Great Gig in the Sky
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Brain Damage

Paris Theatre, September 1970:

Atom Heart Mother

Originally ripped from vinyl @320kbs
Much cleaned up! As good as it gets!
Return to the sky here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much - as you say as good as it gets.