Pink Floyd

9-22-10


Pink Floyd

Oh, no – he’s writing about mainstream progressive rock again!

To get it out of the way, I regard Syd Barrett very highly; I like his two initial solo albums better than almost any Pink Floyd titles.  I am also very fond of “Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” – but my interest trails off for a while thereafter.

Before the world-beating supremacy of “Dark Side Of The Moon”, Pink Floyd were vaguely ‘underground’ – and not terribly popular in the U.S.  It’s true, one could hear them on the FM radio before DSOTM, but not often.

You should all be acquainted with:

CD MEDDLE                                                                                                         TOSHIBA JPN      TOCP-65738

1971 6 TRKS (’92 master) (kami sleeve)

LP MEDDLE                                                                                                         CAPITOL US        SMAS-832

1971 6 TRKS re-issue

7″ ONE OF THESE DAYS / SEAMUS                                                             HARVEST JPN     EMR-20388

1971 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue

CD OBSCURED BY CLOUDS                                                                          CAPITOL US        46385.2

1972 10 TRKS (’95 issue) re-master

LP OBSCURED BY CLOUDS                                                                          TOSHIBA JPN      EOP-80575

1972 10 TRKS insert

7″ FREE FOUR / STAY                                                                                      CAPITOL US        3391

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

CD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON                                                                        CAPITOL US        82136.2

1973 10 TRKS (’03 issue) hybrid SA-CD

LP DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (Anniversary issue)                                    HARVEST UK       SHVL 804

1973 10 TRKS inserts (’03 issue) 30th anniversary issue

CD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON                                                                        CAPITOL US        CDP 746001.2

1973 9 TRKS (’94 issue)

LP DARK SIDE OF THE MOON                                                                        HARVEST US       SMAS 11163

1973 9 TRKS with posters & stickers

7″ MONEY / ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE                                                           HARVEST FR       2C006-05368

1973 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP WISH YOU WERE HERE                                                                            CBS/SONY JPN   30AP 1875

1975 5 TRKS insert, Half-Speed Mastering

CD WISH YOU WERE HERE                                                                            CAPITOL US        29750.2

1975 5 TRKS re-mastered, promo

7″ HAVE A CIGAR / WELCOME TO THE MACHINE                                     COLUMBIA US     3-10248

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ HAVE A CIGAR / SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND                             HARVEST FR       2C010-97357

1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD ANIMALS                                                                                                         CAPITOL US        29748.2

1977 5 TRKS (’94 issue) re-master

LP ANIMALS                                                                                                         HARVEST UK       SHVL 815

1977 5 TRKS UK original

LPx2 WALL, THE                                                                                                     CBS/SONY JPN   40AP 1750/2

1979 26 TRKS insert

CDx2 WALL, THE                                                                                                     CAPITOL US        31243.2

1979 26 TRKS re-master

7″ RUN LIKE HELL / DON’T LEAVE ME NOW                                              COLUMBIA US     1-11265

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL Pt. 2 / ONE OF MY TURNS               HARVEST UK       HAR 5194

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ COMFORTABLY NUMB / HEY YOU                                                           CBS/SONY JPN   07SP 491

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ WHEN THE TIGERS BROKE FREE                                                          HARVEST UK       HAR 5222

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP FINAL CUT, THE                                                                                           CBS/SONY JPN   25AP 2410

1983 12 TRKS insert

7″ NOT NOW JOHN / HEROE’S RETURN (Parts I & II)                              CBS/SONY JPN   07SP 647

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ NOT NOW JOHN                                                                                          EMI PATHE FR     52943Z

1983 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

Also rather odd to note that I actually enjoy the post-Waters Floyd albums “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” and “The Division Bell” – especially the Anthony Moore lyrics!  I always did like “Not Now John” as a 45 release, too.

I sat in a Toronto hotel room watching the re-formed Floyd perform live in summer 2005, somewhat disbelieving.  Could these incredibly rich English guys put their differences aside – and make some money for charity?  Uh, apparently for one day only.

Odd renewed interest in Pink Floyd came first with the 30th anniversary edition of “DSOTM” – that came with a lovely poster and beautiful vinyl re-mastering – yet with the original UK serial number!  A short time thereafter, a hybrid SA-CD version of “DSOTM” appeared – a compulsory purchase for me.  The mix is meant to have been ‘changed’, but…it just sounds extra ‘clear’ now.

I’ve tried the Roger Waters solo material, with varying degrees of effect; I prefer the solo albums of Nick Mason, actually!  And I really enjoy the first two Dave Gilmour solo albums, and the two proper solo albums by the late Richard Wright.

So, the last frontier for me is the non-Barrett 60’s records: “A Saucerful Of Secrets”, “Ummagumma” and “Atom Heart Mother”.  I actually own them all, but not on CD – I did find a super funky Quad version of the UK LP of “Atom Heart Mother”!  My “Ummagumma” has the LP cover on the floor for “Gigi”.  My “Saucerful” is a UK Columbia / EMI UK original.  So, it’s not like I don’t have the proper versions to listen to.

I guess Pink Floyd were my introduction to Ron Geesin, on “Atom Heart Mother”.  I’ve got loads of solo albums by Mr. Geesin – and I wish I could find a CD for “Right Through”, his masterpiece solo work.  When I wrote to him, he answered!  “A Raise Of Eyebrows”, indeed!

So, will any Pink Floyd titles make my “Ultimate Collection”?  My favorite of the ones listed today is “Obscured By Clouds” – I’ll keep the original soundtrack LP, but I won’t be needing a copy of the film.  But – “Ultimate Collection”?  Likely only Syd Barrett “The Madcap Laughs”, but I’m not ready to add any British music to my “Ultimate Collection” yet.  In due time, folks.

Of note to Barrett fans: Get the Pink Floyd CD called “The Early Singles”, as found in the first Pink Floyd CD boxed set.  It’s great.

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3 Responses to Pink Floyd

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    You couldn’t have been more timely with your blog today, Ron. A few months ago my wife opined that she’d really like to hear DSOTM and also “Wish You Were Here.” I hadn’t owned any Pink Floyd in over 30 years. In 1997 I did buy a VG+/M- QUAD Australian copy of DSOTM in a S. Florida antique store. [Complete with all inserts!] Sue wanted to listen to it even though we didn’t have an SQ cartridge. But I bought that to flip it on e-bay. It sold for about $80 as I recall. Paid for our hotel room and then some [we were attending this David Bowie concert: http://www.teenagewildlife.com/wcgi-bin/dcinfo.wcgi?id=922 ] So when she brought up Pink Floyd again recently, I thought I’d better pick up what she’s putting down.

    I got her the current RMs for her birthday in August. As we were driving back from where we stayed for her birthday, she was eager to play the albums. I had not heard them in a looooong time. Of all the “mainstream” PF albums, the one I had the most pleasent memories of was “Wish You Were Here.” Their “jazz” album. Their “country” one too, for that matter. There were times during the dawn of CDs that I saw copies of that used and contemplated buying it again… but didn’t. Sue listened to DSOTM and liked it but when we put on “Wish You Were Here” afterward, it became something of a musical compulsion for her.

    Much of the next week was spent listening to the album on repeat with a significant chunk of that time being spent with just the title track on repeat. Fortunately, I was hearing the album with ears that were 30 years older and could appreciate Rick Wright’s Floyd Cramer quotes on the title cut. I’m just glad she didn’t want to hear “The Wall,” again!

    And she also got a couple of Pink Floyd books through interlibrary loan. I just finished Nick Mason’s 2004 tome “Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd” and it didn’t offer much in the way of musical insights. Though I share your appreciation for Nick’s extracurricular musical efforts, his approach on the book simply reflects the avoidance issues that help to make the Floyd family so dysfunctional. Already shaping up to be infinitely more insightful is Mark Blake’s more recent [2008] “Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd.” 25 pages in and it’s already a huge difference. Though it bears mentioning that both books have virtually the same cover, right down to the blue and pink color scheme!

    Ultimately, I am most haunted by “Piper AT The Gates Of Dawn.” Unfortunately, I had the misfortune of hearing the US Tower pressing as my first [and so far, only] exposure to the album. I heard it played one night on FM Rock radio about 1979 and loved it!! But as we all know now, that pressing is very different from all of the “correct” versions of the same album now on CD. Not even the expen$ive “Piper” boxed set has this version of the album. EMI went to the bat for US fans pining for the “original” versions of the Beatles albums that they grew up with. Will EMI ever come to my rescue? Or will I have to buy 2-3 CDs and cobble together my version of the album. And will it be stereo or mono?!?

  2. postpunkmonk says:

    P.S. I’m none too amused by the “remix” of the DSOTM artwork. “Wish You Were Here” gets a pass but what they did to DSOTM was criminal!

  3. ronkanefiles says:

    DSOTM artwork remix was to denote the 30th Anniversary vers. It’s not the same as any LP vers. – hence new artwork. Europe and U.S. SA-CD have diff. artwork, I might add.

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