| Not all tracks on FO are actually from San Diego. However,
FO is a superset of LCBAD and Embryo and others. The others
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!
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.
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
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.