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Audio CD, Box set, March 24, 2017
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In 1971 Pink Floyd recorded the 'Meddle' album, containing the LP side-long 'Echoes', regarded by many as laying the groundwork for 'The Dark Side Of The Moon', and, as such, is an important part of the Pink Floyd canon.
This package includes part of the original demos, when the project gestated from Nothing to Return Of The Son Of Nothing , as well as a contemporary BBC session recording.
Audio-visual material includes the original unreleased Quad mix of 'Echoes' but also material of live band performances in 1971, including songs performed with Roland Petit and his Marseille ballet company.
-BBC Radio session, Nothing Part 14
-Concert footage and documentaries
-Echoes original 4.0 Quad mix
-Replica memorabilia from the period
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Harvested put out a fantastic quality version of this concert a few years ago using the transcription disks from the TRUE STEREO BBC broadcast. It's an amazing improvement from the old mono boot LP's I had in the '80s. So the shock when I heard this official release is the MONO version!?!? WTF? Not only that it seems to have a bit more distortion then the Harvested version.
The Harvested version blows this version away. To quote the liner notes, "The stereo dimension adds so much to the recording, you can actually hear very distinctly what each band member is doing." And it is true.
However, on the Harvested version Embryo and Blues is from a slightly lesser source then the other 3 songs. This is where I was hoping the Early Years version would really have an improvement. And yes, Embryo sounds slightly cleaner. But it is mono, where the Harvested version is stereo. And Blues isn't even included in the Early Years version! It's just missing.
Big miss here. And I just don't get it. If you want the best version of the Paris Cinema concert you got to get the Harvested version.
That being said the Echoes In Progress is pretty cool, and something I never heard before, and you get the Quad mix of Echoes on the Blu-Ray...