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Format: 2CD
Catalog: NE 6.22 CD Never End
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Date: 711017
Cover: Black velvet triangle package. Picture discs. Round paper disc with information.
Sources: 17 Oct 1971, 25Jun68, 12May69 30Sep71 CD1, CD2 1&6: 17 Oct 1971, Community Concourse, San Diego. CD2 2-3: Sep 30th 1971, Paris Cinema, London CD2 4: June 25th 1968, 201 Piccadilly Studio 1, London CD2 5: May 12th 1969, BBC, Paris Cinema, London
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      Disc:  1
       1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene                       13:09 
       2. Fat Old Sun                                         16:04 
       3. Atom Heart Mother                                   16:05 
       4. The Embryo                                          12:02 
       5. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun           13:13 
          Total Time:                                         70:35 

      Disc:  2
       1. Cymbaline                                           11:55 
       2. One Of These Days                                    6:13 
       3. Echoes                                              24:07 
       4. A Saucerful Of Secrets                               6:29 
       5. Green Is The Colour                                  6:00 
       6. Pink Blues                                           5:30 
          Total Time:                                         60:16 

      Roger Waters 
      Rick Wright 
      Nick Mason
      David Gilmour

  • Ex- -HERWIG
  • Ex Stereo -BOOK/DAN
  • Ex-/Ex+ -FERNANDO
Comments: Not all tracks on FO are actually from San Diego. However, FO is a superset of LCBAD and Embryo and others. The others are incomplete.

Yes, FO has a better sound! I would also give it an EX-. It is amazing for an audience recording of this age. -HERWIG

This is an amazing audience recording. Sound is very clear and instrument are well defined, and the performances are great This is absolutely a must have. Hunt it! - FERNANDO

Echoes seems to be exactly the same as Echoes on Rhapsody in Pink, which implies that it has been taken from the BC sessions. Also, A Saucerful Of Secrets is more similar to 1968 versions that 1970's versions. -FERNANDO

San Diego tracks: Ex-, Bonus BBC tracks Ex/Ex+

I must add some of the tracks are not from the San Diego show, but from the BBC sessions.

Green Is The Colour is actually The Beginning from May 12th 1969, broadcast by BBC on May 14th. The track ends some seconds into Beset By Creatures Of The Deep (CWTA,E).

A Saucerful Of Secrets is actually The Massed Gadgets Of Hercules, from June 25th 1968, broadcast by BBC on August 11th. This version is very similar to the one on the album.

Echoes and One Of These Days are from Sep 30th 1971, also from the BBC sessions, available on countless roios. Clearly mastered from vinyl, but the sound is amazingly clear. - FERNANDO.

4 tracks are not from the San Diego show. "One Of These Days" and "Echoes" are taken from the 1971 BBC show, Paris Theatre, London, September 30, 1971. "A Saucerful Of Secrets" is from the first Top Gear session with David Gilmour, that happened on June 25, 1968. "Green Is The Colour" was also recorded for Top Gear, on May 12, 1969.

I compared 3 different RoIOs of the San Diego show:

"From Oblivion", "The Heart Of The Sun" and "Life Could Be A Dream".

First, about the sound quality. All these RoIOs come from the same source: an excellent stereo audience recording. One can hear the same people clapping and chatting between songs (BTW, audience is very quiet). So I think they all come from the same recording, but probably from different generation tapes. "The Heart Of The Sun" RoIO seems to suffer from some noise reduction technique: the sound is good, not too hissy, but the high frequencies are muffled. The sound on "Life Could Be A Dream" RoIO is very clear, but there's a lot of tape hiss. "From Oblivion" RoIO is better than the others: the sound is very clear, and with almost no hiss!

Secondly, about completeness. "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" is missing on "Heart Of The Sun" RoIO. "Cymbaline" and "Blues" are missing on "Life Could Be A Dream" RoIO. "Atom Heart Mother", on "Life Could Be A Dream" RoIO, fades out too early (the last 30 seconds are missing). The most complete RoIO is "From Oblivion". It contains "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", "Cymbaline", "Blues" and the end of "Atom Heart Mother".

About the recording speed, I noticed that the speed on "The Heart Of The Sun" RoIO is too high! For instance, "Atom Heart Mother" lasts 15'11", although it's complete (the version on "From Oblivion" RoIO has the correct speed and lasts 16'05"). The wrong speed is noticeable (voices and instruments are a too high, and the tempos are too fast), and listening to "The Heart Of The Sun" RoIO soon becomes very annoying!

So, I recommend "From Oblivion" RoIO above the two others: best sound quality, more complete tracklist, and correct speed. - MARC-OLIVIER.

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