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BLUE FLOYD endeavors to deconstruct the classic compositions of the legendary PINK FLOYD into their primal, elemental form. As much an homage to the influence of Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters as a rediscovery of both FLOYD classics and rarities, BLUE FLOYD plays iconoclastically familiar songs, heard again as if for the first time.

BEGINS features the original BLUE FLOYD line-up of Allen Woody (Gov't Mule / Allman Brothers Band), Matt Abts (Gov't Mule / Dickey Betts Band), Marc Ford (The Black Crowes / Burning Tree), Johnny Neel (The Allman Brothers Band), Berry Oakley Jr. (Robby Krieger / Bloodline).

Disc: 1
1. HAL 9000 Intro / Shine On You Crazy Diamond
2. Have A Cigar
3. Fearless
4. Interstellar Overdrive / Wish You Were Here
5. Drums
6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
7. Hey You / Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2
Disc: 2
1. In The Flesh / Sheep
2. Money
3. Us & Them / Jam
4. Young Lust
5. Beatjam - Come Together
6. Beatjam - Taxman

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 4, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Airline Records
  • ASIN: B0012OTVP8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. R. Jones on June 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This 2 CD set is not a full show but a mix of performances and what seems to be some bonus tracks not included on the original collection of Live shows released in 2000 by mail order only.
Blue Floyd was an attempt to bring a new look to Pink Floyd music with the Jam Band treatment, full shows where released on the Blue Floyd website (now defunct and owned by Pink Floyd fans) but were quickly sold out and became highly collectible. After Allen Woody's untimely death they disbanded leaving only the live shows behind for us to enjoy.
These shows were a bit rough with no overdubs, no frills... you heard it like it happened, all had extended solos by each member like the rock shows of old.
This "sampler" will have to do as a record of this bands efforts, and it's really too bad, because the shows were meant to be listened to as a whole, just as a Pink Floyd show is performed, with each song, each idea flowing to the next. The problem remains... finding the original shows, out of print for about eight years as of this review, but well worth the effort, and while you are looking, you might also enjoy the night Blue Floyd showed up and did 2+ hours of The Beatles!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cole Thorton on March 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Blue Floyd for the most part has existed only on Youtube and Bit torrent sites. More myth than flesh & blood. Live dates were sparse - whenever the members could get together (Matt & Woody from Gov't Mule, Marc Ford from the Black Crowes, Johnny Neel formerly of the Allman Brothers & Berry Oakley Jr.) - all on a spiritual journey to deconstruct the holy grail of British popular music Pink Floyd. The two disc set highlights the best of their musical experiment; twisting the paradigm, and revealing much in the process.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren on August 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In 2000 a bunch of musicians from some of the best jam bands - like Black Crowes, Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule - got together to play the music of Pink Floyd. The shows soon got legendary and as this wonderful release shows with very good reason.

Much like the Mahavishnu Project this is superb musicians interpreting some classic material and really putting their own stamp on it. In fact they are taking the music of PF and taking it to new and strange places. Seemingly intended to blow the minds of the audience as well as themselves.

Mark Ford on some creative guitar, Matt Abs who quite simply is one of the best drummers around, Johnny Neal a deeply psychedelic keyboardplayer and fine harpsolist, the late, great Allan Woody on div. stringed instruments and Berry Oakley, Jr. on some rather discreet bass. Together they make some pure, profound, psychedelic fun. As a bonus we get two Beatles tracks where Slick Aguilar (Jefferson Starship) joins the proceedings.

The project is produced by Michael Gaiman, who is also the man behind the brilliant "Mick's Picks" series of Jefferson Starship live recordings.

Heady stuff. Set the controls for the inner sky.
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By ChrisR on September 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Barely a departure or blues. Expected much more from a group of veterans. Other poor reviews pretty much state my feelings. I would say they sound like a decent Floyd cover band with very little originality. An occasional harmonica or Hammond style organ do not the blues make. I have to say, however, it left me wanting an ACTUAL traditional blues take on Pink Floyd music. I could almost hear what I wished it was.
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Among the best PINK FLOYD covers that i've had the pleasure to listen to. A bit weak on the vocals but the instrumentation more than makes up for it. Fans of both PINK FLOYD and GOV'T MULE should be delighted.
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