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Catalog: TGP-CD-114 The Genuine Pig
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Produced: Italy
Date: 680625
Cover: Close-up of the inflatable wife puppet from 'The Wall' tour; Puppet's lips are cartooned in red. "Pink Floyd" is written in red at the middle with "A Saucerful of Secrets" type font; "Ultra Rare Trax Vol.1" is written in white block letters above that.
Sources: 25 Jun 1968- 16Jul70 2, 3, 4, 6: 25 Jun 1968, BBC, 201 Piccadilly Studio 1, London 5: Dec 1969, Zabriskie Point recording session, Rome 7: 16 Jul 1970, BBC, Paris Theatre, London 8: 01 May 1970, Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
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       1. Introduction             0:42
       2. Julia Dream              2:28
       3. Let There Be More Light  3:54
       4. Murderistic Woman        2:23
       5. Rain In The Country      7:01
       6. A Saucerful Of Secrets   6:40
       7. If                       4:28
       8. Interstellar Overdrive  13:21
          Total Time:             40:59

      Roger Waters*
      David Gilmour*
      Rick Wright*
      Nick Mason*

  • VG+/Ex- -SVID
Comments: Excellent sound quality. -ECM

The Genuine Pig's "Ultra Rare Trax" series give a fair smattering of the available BBC sessions and unreleased material that is out there. They're generally rather good, particularly if you're only an occasional collector of Roios looking for a taste of late 60's material.

Everything on this CD can be found in other places (like the Complete Top Gear) with two exceptions: The live version of 'Interstellar Overdrive' and the rare 'Rain in the Country.'

Those two tracks alone make this CD something of a treat.

This is by no means a 'must have,' but it is definitely worth picking up if you have the cash. - SVID.

The sound quality on all three of these disks is excellent. On the first two volumes there is a short DJ commentary about the BBC broadcasts before several of the songs. It does not hurt the CD overall in any way. It sounds like it is taken from a recent broadcast by BBC intended to be an anthology of early Pink Floyd songs. Anybody have any more info on this?

Obviously since most of the songs are from BBC broadcasts, there are numerous x-refs. However, these disks make for a very nice compilation of some of PF's best songs of that time, including some relatively rare tracks. My personal favorite is Vol.2. "Green is the Colour" is very beautifully done, as well as the rare tracks such as "Labyrinth" and Oneone/Fingal's Cave. -ANON

This first volume of "Ultra Rare Trax" is an excellent CD! The sources given on the back of the CD are often wrong (the correct sources are those listed above).

Here, we have the whole June 1968 "Top Gear" session (tracks 2-3-4-6). BTW, it was the first BBC session with David Gilmour. The source for these tracks seem to be the same as for a lot of X-refs (with the common distorted bass drum at 0:56 on "Let There Be More Light"), but the sound quality is far better here. I never found on any other RoIO such a clear and clean sound for these four tracks! This superior quality can be explained if one considers these tracks were taken from a recent BBC re-broadcast (this is certainly the case for tracks 2, 3 and 4, introduced by DJ's commentary). I'd rate the sound quality Sup-.

"Rain In The Country" is an outtake from the Zabriskie Point sessions, in stereo. It's an instrumental piece of music by Gilmour, based on his experimentation on Ummagumma's "The Narrow Way (part 1)". This outtake only contains several guitar tracks played by Gilmour. In fact, during these sessions, the Floyd completed this "demo", adding drums and bass (very similar to the bass in the bluesy part of "Atom Heart Mother"). The completed outtake is now officially available, since the 1997 release of the Zabriskie Point extended soundtrack, under the name "Unknown Song". The three other common outtakes from these sessions can be found on "Ultra Rare Trax Vol.2". Sound quality here is VG+.

"If" comes from the "Peel Sunday Concert" broadcast, recorded on July 16, 1970. Sound is excellent and clear, but with some vinyl scratches (sound quality Ex+). There are better sounding versions (Sup) of that song on many other RoIOs.

"Interstellar Overdrive" is NOT from Royal Albert Hall, London, Feb 7, 1970, as listed on the back cover. It's in fact a good stereo audience recording from Santa Monica, May 1, 1970. Here, the sound quality is weaker (VG-).

So, an excellent CD to have, for the two rarities "Rain In The Country" and "Interstellar Overdrive" from Santa Monica, and also for the exceptional sound quality of the June 1968 BBC session. -MARC-OLIVIER.

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