| 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
"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.