London 1966-67 Import, Live
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1995 reissue on See For Miles of this EP featuring'Interstellar Overdrive' (Full Length Version) & 'Nick'sBoogie', both from the soundtrack to the film 'Tonite, Let'sAll Make Love In London'. Repackaged with different coverart, this edition also features
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So, I was mislead by the listing on Amazon.com. The seller should NOT have listed an audio-only CD on a page that advertised an audio/video product. BEWARE, this could happen to you too. I'm sure there are a lot of copies of the lesser version of this release floating around and they could easily end up listed for sale on Amazon.com.
Despite everything I have written above, however, it is exciting to stumble across more recorded material from the early days of Pink Floyd. The music here isn't as good as the previously released material but it is still a nice treat for people who are fans of the Syd Barrett years.
The packaging states that this release includes the "definitive version" of "Interstellar Overdrive." To be honest, though, I've heard better. This version tends to plod along with a somewhat limited range of timbres, with all the musicians generally maintaining the beat and occasionally getting louder or softer. They don't experiment as much with interesting sounds or playing styles here. Still, it is a pleasant enough listening experience. There is a nice groove going on and you can hear the roots of ideas that eventually developed into the studio version that appears on "Piper at the Gates of Dawn."
"Nick's Boogie" is a much better track. It is very similar in style to "Interstellar Overdrive" but there is a lot more variation in style and timbre. The more spaced-out drum part leaves a lot of room for the musicians to get looser and to play round the beat. You can hear a lot of interesting exploration going on in the course of this track, including Syd getting some interesting results with the slide and delay pedal and Nick Mason playing around with soft mallets to get sounds that are similar to a kettle drum.
This release is a nice little treat, even though it isn't as satisfying as the other recordings of the group from this era. The experience is kind of like hearing early demos from your favorite band: It is interesting to hear them explore ideas that eventually lead to their break-through sound. Just don't expect this stuff to be as good as "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" or "Saucerful of Secrets." And be sure to get re-mastered version of this release so you won't feel ripped off!!!!
"Nick's Boogie" features Nick Mason, who has seemed to change his drumming style from this time period. As Floyd entered into the '70's, Mason was concentrating more on establishing a "groove", rather than demonstrating his technical ability as a drummer. This disc, Piper, and Saucerful of Secrets - gives the listener the ability to hear a more technical side of Nick Mason that he abandoned in latter day recordings. This is a "must-listen" for percussionists who question his technical abilities.
After reading reviews from the "Piper" disc and this one, people seem to have a facination with comparing the "Syd" Pink Floyd with the "Gilmour" Pink Floyd. THERE IS NO COMPARISON ! One quarter of the band changed...OF COURSE it's going to sound different. APPRECIATE EACH ON ITS OWN MERIT - THIS IS LIKE COMPARING APPLES AND ORANGES !
In my mind, they're BOTH great...
GET THEM. They are essential, true tablets of psychedelic revelation. The Floyd performed like this all the time, back in the day; this is the *only* semi-authorized live document from their eariest incarnation available, anywhere. Genius? Madness? Cacophony? These recordings "Boldly go where no man has gone before", although Hawkwind charted and mapped this territory a couple years later, the Floyd were the first to explore the Final Frontier. This music will disassemble in your brain like a Rubic's Cube. It illustrates why the Floyd caught everyone's attention in the U.K. in the *first place*. Melts in your mind, not in your hand.
This set, with the CDR, is definitive. If you don't have the videotape "Live In London" (and very few people do) this is the only format available to view this footage, and it's SEMINAL stuff; get this, the Pink Floyd Singles CD, the mono rerelease of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and *marvel* at the clarity of vision (ethnogenically induced though it be) of these visionary young men, and wonder: "What the hell happened?"
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