| Another complete show from the 73 tour (minus Childhood's
End??) as performed in New York City, according to the
package. The date and location match with Miles accounting.
Sounds great, almost like a bare mix from a soundboard. All
instruments come in clear and sharp without stadium/theatre
reverb. The quality of the two songs supposedly from Paris 68
are not as clean, but definitely enjoyable (VG- maybe).
Flashing should be title Flaming and Obscured by Clouds
contains both ObC and When You're In, although not indicated
on the sleeve. Apparently a Japanese production.
This is a MUST BUY. It's from an early show of the American
tour of 1973, although the first two tracks of Disc One are
listed as performed in Paris in 1968. Audio quality is an "8"
and packaging is a gorgeous gatefold "digi-pak", sturdy and
very glossy, with the front cover being that of the MOJO
magazine "Dark Side Anniversary" cover story; the inside
being a collage of familiar photos, and the back listing the
tracks with a great photo of a VCS-3 (or whatever those
letters are) synthesizer. The package is indeed like a
mini-double LP from the "olden days"?
"Let There Be?" is very clean and almost appears to be from a
radio show, perhaps BBC(?). There is some curious phase
shifting going on, especially during the audience applause.
"Flashing" ("Flaming", that is) has an extended Rick Wright
Farfisa organ solo. "Obscured" has a neat Moog intro, going
into a jam with Gilmour playing some excellent slide and
Wright playing some funky seventh chords on Hammond, then
returning to his Moog. "Set the Controls" offers a very nice
Farfisa spacescape courtesy of Mr. Wright, and is the only
version of this song I have ever heard with Mini Moog in it.
"Eugene" is closer to the studio version than any others I've
heard, and has extended whispered vocals by Waters and very
animated screams. "Echoes" features excellent sound, most
noticeably great kick drum which is normally the first thing
to "go" in audience tapes.
Quite good quality recording of DSotM, replete with the
female vocals although it still contains the "lying supine"
lyric. "Saucerful" is magnificient, worth the price of the
double set alone, although curiously there are no vocals at
the end? Again, a must-have disc.
Stay away from Dark Side of Radio City (2 cdrs on a Japanese
label I believe is called Pigs on the Wing). The performance
is 3/17/73. The first disc is actually very good-nice and
clear, no hiss. The second disc is very "fast" , something
happened to their source tape - a real shame because the 1st
disc was so good (although the 1st disc starts with 2 BBC
tracks for some reason.) Just wanted to let you know.
This release comes on CDR however the packaging is very good
being based on the mojo dark side special artwork and the
discs although CDR's have printed backs and come in slips to
prevent scratching. The sound is the best of any of the 73
shows being upfront and with a real kick to it. However the
whole show runs fast (the first two tracks and SOS do not as
they're from different sources). This speed problem can not
be heard on instrumental tracks so all of disk one is ok
however one or two tracks on disk 2 are spoilt, mainly money
which is obviously sped up. Other than money the only thing
you hear is that the vocals are slightly more high pitched
although not enough to spoil it. Regarding the performance
this is an excellent show CWTAE is amazing as is OBC/WYI.
However the highlight is SCFHOS which is the best ever
version by a mile. The middle section keyboard solo is out of
this world being the only one with mini moog in it and also
some improvised bass playing for roger with a number of
"false start" returns to the main theme. All in all this is a
excellent release but due to the speed problems I'd still
rank Yeskhull as the best 73 show if you like to listen to
the whole show at once but this show has more highlights and
This is recommended. I was definitely astonished by the
overall good sound quality. The first two songs are a mystery
but they are not the BBC ones. Nevertheless incredibly sound
quality considering the age, at least VG+. The source
material for the 73 concert is of breathtaking quality. I
would rate it EX+, sometimes even SUP-. Unfortunately the
record is destroyed by a neverending switching between stereo
and mono for no apparent reason. The mono parts are hollow
sounding and reduce the overall rating to EX. There is a bad
cut in TGGiTS. The last song (ASOS) is also not from 73 but
This set is a peculiar oddity.
The first two songs are from French TV (not BBC Radio) in
late 68'. Floyd performed these 2 tracks on 3 different
occasions in Sept, Oct and Dec 1968 for channel ORTF2. Your
guess is as good as mine which one these two are from.
The Radio City tracks are puzzling:
Disc one is nice and at the correct speed except my copy
switches between mono and stereo making it almost
unlistenable (try listening on headphones if you don't
believe me). There are also some nasty edits, in particular
right at the end of "Echoes".
Disc two is way too fast with more bad edits ("Us & Them",
"O.O.T.D.") and mono/stereo switching.
I'll bet my hat that "Saucerful ..." is not from this show,
the reverb quality changes from large hall to small room,
plus O.O.T.D was the standard encore at this time. "In the
Flesh" book does not list this as part of the set.
In fact I have suspicion that it's not even Floyd. There are
no vocals (which would give it away) and there are peculiar
effects you can hear on headphones. It just doesn't sound
right. I hope I'm wrong.
A shame really as the packaging is luscious.
What a shame. It's a good perfoemance of Dark Side, but the
speed seems a little to fast. At times, David Gilmour sounds
like one of The Chipmunks when he is singing. According to
the book In the Flesh, ASOS was not performed at this
concert. It's probably from a 1972 show. These shows featured
Celestial Voices with no vocals. For a better quality show
with the same setlist (minus ASOS), look for Yeeshkul.