|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
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
"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
"Set the Controls" follows, and is very faint in volume,
extremely low in relation to the tape hiss and for that reason
Tracks 5 and 6 appear to have been lifted directly from
"Ummagumma" and muffled to sound as though they are RoIO's.
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.