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This volume explores the time immediately after Syd Barrett's departure, when Pink Floyd were still writing singles and at the same time developing their own unique, more instrumentally-based style. There are non-album single releases, plus a recently discovered session at Capitol Records studios in Los Angeles, BBC sessions and other tracks.
DVD/Blu-ray includes the recently restored promo clip of Point Me At The Sky, some international TV performances and a selection of song material from other television shows:
-Early singles, BBC Radio sessions
-Tracks from Capitol Studios, LA
-Promo clip, TV appearances, rare footage
-Replica memorabilia from the period
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The box is like a very nice digipak, with clear plastic trays for the CD and DVD/Bluray discs, a few pages of photos with a tracklisting, with a hardback cover, so it feels like a light hardcover book (about the size of two dvd cases). Seems sturdy enough, and nicer than usual CD size CD/DVD digipaks. The memorabilia is kept in a pocket, which is nice, but I could take it or leave it, not the most essential thing. There is also in the pocket, a little paper booklet with a short essay about the band, and full credits for all the tracks and video (also somewhat repeated from the tracklisting printed along with the photos).
I really like that the movie discs are region free, so when put in the player either it goes straight to the menu, or starts playing the video immediately, there's no having to sit through an FBI anti-piracy warning in five languages. ( I wish ALL movies on disc were region free or had no piracy warnings). For the videos/interviews that are in a foreign language, it has subtitles available in multiple languages for the spoken word portions. The Bluray has that optimum video quality and easier to use menu access, but the DVD video quality is very good as well, on my TV I would be happy with either (same for the sound quality). The remastering of the video looks great.
Continuing on with "Song 1," that track, in my opinion, would have fit in nicely with the variety of instrumentals found on the "More" album or as part of the Pink Floyd bonus material for their contributions to the "Zabriskie Point" soundtrack!
The chanting on "Roger's Boogie" reminds me of the singing style of "Fleet Foxes!" That track also reminds me of a "Zabriskie Point" kind of song, as it doesn't exactly sound like the kind of song that would have fit on any of the Pink Floyd albums at that time... Had there been room on the "Atom Heart Mother" album, that would have been the most likely place for the song, I believe. :) Real groovy track though!
Since the John Peel BBC radio show was before my time, while I listened to the dialogue before and after the BBC versions of some of the early Pink Floyd tracks (Which sound much like the originals BUT changed up in a few places for something refreshing, of course!) I thought that, from the sound of his voice, the announcer was indeed John Lennon! He even has the same wit and humor as Lennon had when listening to his interviews and movie dialogue from Lennon's early years with The Beatles! I found it amusing how, for one example, John Peel, I'm guessing, states that the finale of "A Saucerful of Secrets" sounds like Church music! I'll try not to give away any other spoilers. :)
Since I have not yet purchased the remaining sets in this series as I compose this review, I have yet to find whether or not the version of "Embryo" from the "Works" compilation makes a reappearance anywhere in this series, preferably in a cleaner/re-mastered/mastered format, but I do like the BBC version presented here, slightly more fast-paced than the version I already know, plus a bit stronger on the double-tracked vocals!
Last major highlight for me is indeed the closer, the BBC version of "Interstellar Overdrive," which actually has a more modernized sound at that time ... The sound went from a Syd Barrett kind of atmosphere to a more David Gilmour atmosphere. The track actually sounded like it was recorded during the "More" sessions as Richard Wright plays the organ in an almost-identical way to a few excerpts from couple of the tracks off of that album... Die-hard Pink Floyd fans of the "More" album who know it very well will spot the similarities when they listen at the right moments! ;)
Of course, the mastering was mastered to perfection by Andy Jackson... You won't find this information within the package nor within the accompanying booklet that is attached to the packaging... You actually have to dig inside of a pocket folder near the back of the booklet and pull out another booklet to receive verification on that! Very clever! I always like to know if the music that is being re-released or previously unreleased in this age of technology is either mastered or re-mastered, as those responsible always do a superb job of presenting listeners with the cleanest sound possible: Ex: This also applied to my experience with reissues of albums by The Moody Blues, The Beatles, and the post-Beatles projects from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Wings!
So glad to know that there is STILL so much more Pink Floyd material to discover, and this almost-an-hour disc of listening pleasure is just one perfect example... Never a dull moment and some of the most entertaining (For lack of a better word) material was presented! Also, try to purchase the "Immersion" box sets of some of the later Pink Floyd albums if you have the extra cash... "It Would Be So Nice!" ;)
Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)