|Comments:|| Track 4 incorrectly listed as Set The Controls For The Heart
Of The Sun
The sound quality is perfectly acceptable, bearing in mind
the age and nature of this recording: it's reasonably clear
Interstellar Overdrive is one of the best post Barrett
versions I've heard. The band clank and screech along nicely,
and indulge in plenty of impovisation. Even better is the
closing track A Saucerful Of secrets (NB: listed on the
sleeve as Set The Controls...). This version is a raging
howl, full of some of the most bitter, grating and violent
noise ever recorded. Unfortunately, it fades out
tantalisingly before the end, but it's still among the best
18 minutes 13 seconds of the Floyd's career. Atom Heart
Mother is one of those post-orchestrated unorcchestrated
versions. Embryo, in contrast to the weedy demo on Works and
Picnic compilations, comes alive on stage, and this is a
powerful version with yet more improvisation.
EDS' NOTE: This gig is apparently unperformed. We'd guess
it's from the Spring, not Autumn, tour of 1970 - any offers?
High end supressed somewhat. No orch. for AHM.
Mastering - vinyl.
"A Trick Of The Light" says "San Antonio 10/70". Pink Floyd
was nowhere NEAR there in 10/70. Actually, they were in
Canada and California during most of that time. (Hence the
10/17/70 tape "Brutish Temptation"...) But, I'm not sure what
the correct source is.. sorry.
I agree with the previous comments on IO, although the track
has changed so much you can see why they stoppped playing it.
I disagree about Embryo - this is a very good version, but
loses that special slightly disorientat(ing/ed) feel of the
Picnic demo that I personally love. I could probably live
without AHM. ASoS is great, it's a real shame it fades out,
but the vocals are a bit ragged during Celestial Voices.
This recording is exactly the same as the Big Pink LP. The
Big Pink LP however also has been labelled with a wrong date
and venue. Both A Trick Of The Light and Big Pink however are
from 12mar70 at the Audimax, Hamburg.
Interstellar Overdrive bears little resemblance to the Syd
days as this contains a wonderful post- Barrett jam held
together very much by Rick s organ work, which in places
sounds very much like Sysyphus to me. Atom Heart Mother
contains the drum solo bit similar to the Croyden version on
18jan70, and Birmingham 11feb70, so I m guessing this show is
most likely Spring 70. The Embryo solo section is primarily
Rick again, but Dave is doing the seagull bit, which again
suggests Spring 70. A Saucerful of Secrets is howling mad and
one of the best versions I have heard, but does fade out just
as the celestial voices portion begins. The SQ is also quite
good. I d give it an EX.
I was really surprised by this disc. I bought it mainly
because the price was low and it was the only disc of any
real interest available at the time from my favorite live
Floyd period, 1970-1971. This is a really good disc. The
recording is good and the performance is pretty hot. It has a
really good version of Atom Heart Mother. I m not sure if it
is the acoustics of the concert hall or the way Dave played
that night, but the guitar on Atom Heart Mother has a
definite slide guitar sound, especially after the band kicks
in after the drum solo. I like this slide sound a lot. I
agree completely with the Editors Note that disputes the date
given on the cd. I would say that the actual show occurred
during the European Tour of March 11-21, 1970. Two things
support this. First, Atom Heart Mother is an early version.
The song structure and drum solo towards the end is typical
of the early performances. Second, this was the only 1970
tour to feature Interstellar Overdrive in the set list for
all shows. After this, it was performed only a handful of
times. Looking at the few times it was performed after this
tour, I could find only one show that contained all four
songs w/ the unorchestrated AHM (Montreux - Nov 21, 1970 -
not the Smoking Blues show, which the book Pink Floyd: In The
Flesh says was on Nov 22). Comparing the Atom Heart Mother on
ATOTL to other performances in Oct-Nov 1970 shows that they
are at different points in the song s development. Prior to
the March European tour, it was played a couple of times (Feb
15 and 28). While it could be from one of these shows, AHM
sounds slightly more refined on this cd than on the Feb 11
cd, which makes me think they had been playing it just a
little longer than Feb, but who knows. A Journey Through Time
And Space shows a promising set/time list for March 12,
Hamburg, West Germany. The song lengths look very similar to
the ones on this cd. Though the book does not show Saucerful,
the song was played at this show, so the Hamburg show could
be a definite possibility.
The cd cover is a very nice, atmospheric shot of Roger and
Rick. Opening the insert (or opening the cd case and looking
at the front and back side by side) reveals the complete
shot, with Dave and Nick included. The shot looks to be time
appropriate. The only negative thing I can say about this cd
is that it is somewhat short (though this may have been all
that was available of the show). I highly recommend this cd
is you like this period of Floyd. The performance is really
good and there are not many shows from this period (March
1970?) available on cd.
Oh, the typical "no hiss, no music" production of WPOCM. They
remove all the hiss and don't leave much of the original
music. Everything sounds to tinny, you can only hear the
louder parts, the more silence parts are simply that: silent.