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At the end of 1969 and in the early part of 1970, Pink Floyd recorded and mixed their contribution to Michelangelo Antonioni's alternative view of US society, 'Zabriskie Point'. 3 songs were released on the soundtrack album, and a further 4 in the expanded CD edition in 1997. Never released on one Pink Floyd disc, this volume compiles remixed and updated versions of the 'Zabriskie Point' audio material.
In the same year, Pink Floyd scored their first UK Number One album with 'Atom Heart Mother', a collaboration with Ron Geesin, and the audio includes the first performance for the BBC, featuring an orchestra and choir, as well as, on DVD, the original Quad mix.
Video material includes a full hour of Pink Floyd performing live at San Francisco cable TV station KQED plus extracts from historic performances of 'Atom Heart Mother', and material from French TV coverage of the St. Tropez festival in Southern France.
-Atom Heart Mother band-only versions
-BBC Radio session, Zabriskie Point mixes
-Concert footage and improvisations
-Atom Heart Mother original 4.0 Quad mix
-Replica memorabilia from the period
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Of all the parts of the Pink Floyd "The Early Years" box set, the 1970 Devi/ation set was the one that interested me the most.
The live clips are amazing! The outtakes of "The Zabriskie Point" are fantastic! The videos of the KQED concert and other excerpts are great.
The "Band only" mix of Atom Heart Mother is stupendous!
However, I have issues with the quadraphonic mix of "Atom Heart Mother". While the sound is great and the mix is fun, my gripe is that about the last minute of the quad album has been deleted! It ends abruptly and prematurely! The original album ended with a few sound effects, some dialog and the fading drips of a leaky faucet. Maybe it's a small gripe on my part, but I think that was an important part of the album! It's the same on both the DVD and the Blu-Ray discs.
With all of the hype about the meticulous mixing and time consuming detail this was supposed to have, how in the hell did they miss this?
I know that some have been keen to get their hands on the Zabriskie Point tracks, but to me, although they are solid, I find myself listening to that disc less than to other material.The two tracks that I liked the most on that disc are, as it turns out, an early snippet of what would become Us and Them, and another version of Careful with that Axe, Eugene.