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Format: 2CD
Catalog: Highland 174/75
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Date: 700429
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Sources: 29 Apr 1970, 10Jun69
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      Disc:  1
       1. Grantchester Meadows 
       2. Astronomy Domine 
       3. Astronomy Domine 
       4. Cymbaline 
       5. Atom Heart Mother (small band version) 
       6. Embryo            

      Disc:  2
       1. Green is the Colour 
       2. Careful with that Axe, Eugene 
       3. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun 
       4. A Saucerful of Secrets 
       5. Careful with that Axe, Eugene 
       6. A Saucerful of Secrets 
       7. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun 
       8. Green is the Colour 

      Roger Waters 
      Nick Mason 
      David Gilmour 
      Rick Wright 

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Comments: All but the last four tracks are listed as 29 Apr 70, evening show, Fillmore West The last four tracks (on Disc two) are listed as Ulster hall, Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, June 10, 1969.

This one is okay, but don't cross the street for it unless they're charging $20 for the double-disc set (I paid $45 with shipping and handling). It will pad your collection, but you can do without it (hey, if nothing else, the packaging is quite nice!). BARELY "listenable" for more than one or two plays little historical significance and audio quality is four to five to six (when you're lucky!).

The disc is on the Highland "label." Highland is a bit of an enigma; they have some good, good stuff, but they also have some "question marks" this CD is a very good example of both. First, the bad news: "Breast Milky" contains two songs - "Saucerful of Secrets" and "Set the Controls" that appear to me to have been lifted directly from Ummagumma and "muffled down" to sound like RoIO's. I'm fairly certain this is the case, as Ummagumma is my second-favorite Floyd album (since you're wondering, "More" is the very favorite!) and I have listened to it easily thousands of times since its release.

On the "good news" side of things, I own other RoIO's released by Highland, and they are quite good, especially "Pepperland in the West" and to a lesser degree, "The Journey Through the Past."

But anyway, here are my notes on "Breast Milky." Overall, the discs are quite "hissy" and given that they are "regular" CDs (not CD-R's) I'm, I guess, surprised that some form of noise reduction wasn't used, along with some audio tricks such as a BBE maximizer or equivalent to pump the life back into the songs

"Grantchester Meadows" - sounds very close to the "no audience" version from the public television taping, although at the conclusion you can hear audience applause and Rick Wright pulls off a very nice segue using his Farfisa organ bringing the Floyd into an excellent version of "Astronomy Domine." A typically solid "Cymbaline" follows.

The small band version of "AHM" performance is also well-done, featuring some ambitious drumming by Nick, perhaps the most aggressive I've heard amongst the various RoIO's. The rest of the band seems to follow Nick's lead, providing what appears IMHO to be a most inspired rendition of one of my favorites, AHM sans brass and choir. Also apparent are Rick's left-hand organ lines; I couldn't help but notice that on this piece he seems to favor chording with his right hand and playing lines with his left.

"The Embryo" starts off with some funny remarks which sound as though the come from Nick: "All together now (laughter), one, two, three, four!" and they launch this mid-70's staple. A weak version, however, due to a very poor harmony vocal - can't tell who it is. Gilmour is solid as always on lead.

Disc Two begins with "Green is the Colour" and Dave screws up badly, he skips a verse and goes into the chorus prematurely, then goes to the second verse, all this whilst his voice cracks in a couple places no wonder bands hate certain RoIO's! In all, he seems quite lost the tune segues into "Eugene" which is a typical version.

"Set the Controls" follows, and is very faint in volume, extremely low in relation to the tape hiss and for that reason immediately disposable.

Tracks 5 and 6 appear to have been lifted directly from "Ummagumma" and muffled to sound as though they are RoIO's. Why?

Track 7 is a decent version of "Set the Controls" although the sound is quite tinny (ah, I'm so jaded by awesome quality of the "Montreux Casino" CD!).

Finally, another version of "Green is the Colour" ends this disc. This version contains the seagull cries and the audio quality starts off at about a 5+ and finishes at about 3+ with a clipped ending as the tune was segueing into "Eugene". Dave sounds tired on this one, which is how the tune itself is rendered here both in performance and audio quality. - Z-MAN

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