After much thought I have chosen the final two sessions, recorded for the BBC in front of a live audience during 1970 and 1971.
Certainly a very constructive argument can be made for any number of live performances by Pink Floyd to be featured on this blog, but a final choice had to be made and if you have never heard these before, you will not be disappointed.
Recently the BBC Archives 1970-71 has been re-seeded and circulated again on some of the most prominent torrent sites. Since that compilation was first made upgrades are now in circulation.
The 1970 session is available from a BBC archive mono master, unlike the previous source which was a fake stereo version.
The 1971 session (most of it) is taken from the BBC Transcription LP, a source that is superior to the CD version. Not just my opinion but that of the Floyd fans responsible for both versions.
At the time of posting these are the best available sounding versions of the 1970 and 1971 sessions.
Thanks to Ron & MOB, and all involved at THE Pink Floyd site: Yeeshkul
The files for 1971 have been converted from 24 bit to 16 bit and artwork included.
Thursday 16 July, 1970
BBC Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London
Pink Floyd recorded a live audience show for BBC Radio One. The final track ‘Atom Heart Mother’ was named from a newspaper prior to the broadcast, a bit of an improvement on its previous title ‘The Amazing Pudding.’ It was performed with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the John Aldiss Choir. The band followed this performance with the headlining spot at the Hyde Park Free Concert two days later. This BBC show was broadcast on Sunday 19 July, 1970 at 4:00pm on 'the Peel Sunday Concert' and repeated three days later on the 'Sounds of the Seventies' programme.
1. John Peel intro
2. The Embryo (10:23)
3. John Peel
4. Fat Old Sun (5:29)
5. John Peel
6. Green is the Colour >> Careful with that Axe, Eugene (11:22)
7. John Peel
8. If (4:55)
9. John Peel
10. Atom Heart Mother (26:23)
BBC Mono Master
Source: BBC sound archive mono master
Lineage: Master > DAT > CDR > Soundstudio > Shorten > SHN
(also given as: Master > DAT(?) > CDR(?) > SHN)
Comments by MOB:
Sound quality speaking, this is the best version of the BBC mono masters from 16Jul70! Absolutely unprocessed ("BBC Radio One Master Reels" seems to have been dehissed a bit and suffers from slight metallic noise in the high end, and the HRV version "Mooed Music Rev.A" has some NR artefacts), this is superior sound!
However, a problem is the speed, much too fast (I compared with the live version of CWTAE on Ummagumma CD, with the studio versions of If and AHM from AHM CD, and with the versions available on BBC transcription CDs, all these comparisons lead to the same conclusion: a 102.5% stretch is needed to have correct speed).
Other problem with the SHN files is the existence of micro-gaps near the tracks transitions.
This RoIO would be absolutely perfect at correct speed and with micro-gaps fixed.
Micro gaps removed with EAC's integrated wav editor, speed corrected with CEP, tracked with CD Wave and re-encoded with sector alignment to flac level 8 with TLH on Sat. April 26, 2008 by Bert13.
Thursday 30 September, 1971
BBC Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London
Pink Floyd recorded their second live audience BBC show on this day between 10:00pm and 11;30pm. The order of songs was as follows, ‘Fat Old Sun, ‘One of These Days’, ‘The Embryo’, ‘Echoes’ and ‘Blues’. It was broadcast on 12 October, 1971 at 10:00pm on the Sound of the Seventies programme. ‘Blues was not broadcast but appeared later on a WNEW radio show in New York. The BBC Transcription discs have also omitted this song as well as ‘Embryo’, as you can see by the sources used for this session.
The Radio Times (magazine) preview of the show was rather disparaging about the previous studio album, stating that “their recent Ron Geesin aided “Atom Heart Mother” emphasised the relative feebleness of the songs on the other side of the album…hopefully a new work will be unveiled tonight.”
The band followed this live show, in early October, with recording and filming sessions for the film ‘Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii.’
1. Fat Old Sun (14:05)
2. One of These Days (7:12)
3. Echoes (26:25)
Lineage: BBC Transcription LP > 48kHz/32Bit Wave (digitally captured with ProTools)
This version features a brand new 48kHz/32Bit transfer of the BBC vinyl (BBC Rock Hour) that was done at a professional recording studio and captured with ProTools. All pops, clicks, and imperfections were manually removed one-at-a-time. No EQing or NR was applied. Enjoy listening to what is likely the best quality version of these songs you're likely to hear. Ron
4. Embryo (10:49) > Blues (5:06)
Lineage: TDK SA90 Cassette (1) > *Technics RS-B965-M > Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 > Audacity 1.3 > FLAC (24bit/96kHz)
xACT used to create FFP and MD5
*The Technics RS-B965-M is a modified deck - for details see the Tapeheads.net forum
RonToon sent me his 1st gen tape of the two unique songs from the WNEW-FM broadcast to work on and this is my raw transfer. Adjustments to balance the channels were made in the analogue domain using the FSP14 and I left the settings the same for both songs. RonToon cassette / Neonknight Tape Transfer (August 2012)
Download 1970 session
Download 1971 session