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Un anno ricco di uscite celebrative per alcune delle band che hanno segnato la storia del rock e della musica in generale. L’11 Novembre tornerà sotto i riflettori il nome dei Pink Floyd, con un nuovissimo box-set davvero imperdibile per tutti i fan della band inglese.

Parliamo di “The Early Years 1965-1972“, una raccolta mastodontica che raccoglie sette volumi contenenti tantissimo materiale audio e video, di cui una buona parte inedito, insieme tanti memorabilia. Un totale di 27 dischi tra CD, Vinili, Blu-Ray. L’uscita si concentra sui primi anni di storia della band, dalla fondazione del gruppo insieme al mitico Syd Barret (di cui saranno presenti due brani scritti dal musicista e mai pubblicati prima: Vegetable Man e In The Beechwoods), fino all’epoca di “Obscured By Clouds”.

The Early Years è composto da 7 volumi distinti che verranno poi resi disponibili singolarmente nel 2017 (ad eccezione dell’ultimo “Continu/ation”)  e ognuno coprirà un momento definito della storia della band. Poco più sotto i dettagli dell’intero box-set con tutte le anteprime uscite finora.

Il box sarà disponibile anche disponibile in una versione ridotta a due Cd Audio con il titolo di “The Early Years – Cre/ation“, contenenti il meglio dell’uscita con alcuni inediti e molte tracce interessanti. Entrambe le versioni sono disponibili su EMP:

THE EARLY YEARS – Cre/ation 1967 – 1972

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THE EARLY YEARS 1965 – 1972

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Nel dettaglio di seguito il contenuto dei sette volumi del box completo.

CAMBRIDGE St/ation (1965-1967)

Copre il primissimo periodo della band, con Syd Barrett, con alcuni demo, singoli e i due inediti citati poco fa, originariamente scritti per “A Saucerful Of Secrets”, secondo album della band. Nel CD1 troviamo 16 tracce tra cui i sei brani usciti nel 2015 col nome di “1965: Their First Recording” solo in vinile, nel secondo CD sarà presente Live In Stockholm del 1967 mentre il terzo disco sarà un Blu-Ray con alcune esibizioni della band in TV, promo video e altro.

Disc one (CD) – studio recordings from 1965 & 1967
“Lucy Leave” – 2:57 / “Double O Bo” – 2:57 / “Remember Me” – 2:46 / “Walk with Me Sydney” – 3:11 / “Butterfly” – 3:00 / “I’m a King Bee” – 3:13 / “Arnold Layne” – 2:57 / “See Emily Play” – 2:55 / “Apples and Oranges” – 3:05 / “Candy and a Currant Bun” – 2:45 / “Paintbox” – 3:48 / “Matilda Mother” – 4:01 / “Jugband Blues” – 3:01 / “In the Beechwoods” – 4:43 / “Vegetable Man” – 2:32 / “Scream Thy Last Scream” – 4:43

Disc two (CD) – Live in Stockholm and John Latham sessions
“Introduction” (Live, Stockholm, 1967) – 0:25 /”Reaction in G” (Live, Stockholm, 1967) – 7:18 / “Matilda Mother” (Live, Stockholm, 1967) – 5:34 / “Pow R. Toc H.” (Live, Stockholm, 1967) – 11:56 / “Scream Thy Last Scream” (Live, Stockholm, 1967) – 4:00 / “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” (Live, Stockholm, 1967) – 7:17 / “See Emily Play” (Live, Stockholm, 1967) – 3:16 / “Interstellar Overdrive” (Live, Stockholm, 1967) – 8:57 / “John Latham Version 1-9”

Disc three (Blu-ray)
“Chapter 24” (Syd Barrett, Live, Cambridgeshire, 1966) / (Live at EMI Studios, London, 1967) – 3:40 / “Recording Interstellar Overdrive and Nick’s Boogie” (London, 1967) – 6:36 / “Interstellar Overdrive: Scene – Underground” (London, 1967) – 4:15 / “Arnold Layne: promo video” (Wittering Beach, 1967) – 2:54 / “Pow R. Toc H. / Astronomy Domine: plus Syd Barrett & Roger Waters interview: BBC The Look Of The Week” (BBC Studios, London, 1967) – 9:22 / “The Scarecrow” (Pathé Pictorial, UK, 1967) – 2:05 / “Jugband Blues: London Line promo video” (London, 1967) – 2:58 / “Apples & Oranges: plus Dick Clark interview” (Live, Los Angeles, 1967) – 4:51 / “Instrumental Improvisation” (BBC Tomorrow’s World, London, 1967) – 2:11 / “Instrumental Improvisation” (Live, London, 1967) – 4:32 / “See Emily Play: BBC Top Of The Pops” (Partially restored BBC Studios, London, 1967) – 2:55 / “The Scarecrow (outtakes)” (Pathé Pictorial, UK, 1967) – 2:07 / “Interstellar Overdrive” (Live, London, 1967) – 9:33


Germin/ation (1968)

Esce dalla band Syd Barrett e i Pink Floyd pubblicano il secondo album “Saucerful Of Secrets”. “Germin/ation” contiene diversi singoli non inclusi nell’album, oltre a un’inedita sessione in studio e alcune registrazioni tenute presso la BBC (25 Giugno 1968 e 20 Dicembre 1968). Decisamente più ricca la parte video con tantissime apparizioni TV in DVD tra cui anche alcuni estratti da Rome Goes Pop, registrato a Roma nell’aprile 1968.

Disc one (CD)
Studio recordings 1968: “Point Me at the Sky” – 3:40 / “It Would Be So Nice” – 3:46 / “Julia Dream” – 2:34 / “Careful with That Axe, Eugene” – 5:46 / “Song 1” (Capital Studios, Los Angeles, 22 August 1968) – 3:19 / “Roger’s Boogie” (Capital Studios, Los Angeles, 22 August 1968) – 4:35

BBC Radio Session, 25 June 1968: “Murderotic Woman (Careful with That Axe, Eugene)” – 3:38 / “The Massed Gadgets of Hercules (A Saucerful of Secrets)” – 7:18 / “Let There Be More Light” – 4:32 / “Julia Dream” – 2:50

BBC Radio Session, 20 December 1968: “Point Me to the Sky” – 4:25 / “Embryo” – 3:13 / “Intersteller Overdrive” – 9:37

Disc two (DVD)
‘Tienerklanken’, Brussels, Belgium, 18–19 February 1968 (total length: 22:28): “Astronomy Domine” / “The Scarecrow” / “Corporal Clegg” / “Paintbox” / “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” / “See Emily Play” / “Bike” / “Apples And Oranges” (‘Vibrato’, Brussels, Belgium, February 1968) – 3:03

Bouton Rouge’, Paris, France, 20 February 1968 (total length: 13:35): “Astronomy Domine” / “Flaming” / “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” / “Let There Be More Light” / “Paintbox” (‘Discorama’, Paris, France, 21 February 1968) – 3:40 / “Instrumental Improvisation” (‘The Sound of Change’, London, UK, March 1968) – 2:15 / “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” (‘All My Loving, London, UK, 28 March 1968) – 2:40 / “It Would Be So Nice (excerpt)” (‘Release-Rome Goes Pop’, Rome, Italy, April 1968) – 1:21 / “Interstellar Overdrive” (‘Pop 68’, Rome, Italy, 6 May 1968) – 6:59

‘Tienenklanken – Kastival’, Kasterlee, Belgium, 31 August 1968 (total length: 5:31): “Astronomy Domine” / “Roger Waters interview”

‘Samedi et Compagnie’, Paris, France, 6 September 1968 (total length: 5:31): “Let There Be More Light / “Remember a Day” / “Let There Be More Light” (‘A L’Affiche du Monde’, London, UK, 1968) – 1:53

‘Tous En Scene’, Paris, France, 21 October 1968 (total length: 6:39): “Let There Be More Light” / “Flaming” / “Let There Be More Light” (‘Surprise Partie’, Paris, France, 1 November 1968) – 6:35 / “Point Me At The Sky” (Restored promo video, UK, 1968) – 3:19


Dramatis/ation (1969)

Passiamo al periodo More / Ummagumma due degli album più sperimentali della band. Nel primo CD sono presenti alcune tracce audio escluse dalla versione finale di More, insieme ad altre tracce live registrate ad Amsterdam e alla BBC nel maggio 1969. Nel disco 2 invece è contenuta l’intera registrazione del concerto The Man And The Journey tenuto ad Amsterdam nel settembre dello stesso anno. Questa performance ruotava attorno al concept di descrivere in musica 24 ore della vita di una persona. Lo stesso concept viene riproposto anche in video, con cinque estratti dal concerto dei Pink Floyd a Londra al Royal Festival Hall. Completano la parte video altre performance tra Parigi, Essen, Lenclus e infine un’interessante Interstellar Overdrive insieme a Frank Zappa.

Disc one (CD)
More non-album tracks: “Hollywood” (non-album track) – 1:21 / “Theme” (Beat version) (Alternative version) – 5:38 / “More Blues” (Alternative version) – 3:49 / “Seabirds” (non-album track) – 4:20 / “Embryo” (from ‘Picnic’, Harvest Records sampler) – 4:43

BBC Radio Session, 12 May 1969: “Grantchester Meadows” – 3:36 / “Cymbaline”- 3:38 / “The Narrow Way” – 4:48 / “Green is the Colour” – 3:21 / “Careful with That Axe, Eugene”- 3:26

Live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, 9 August 1969: “Interstellar Overdrive” – 4:20 / “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” – 12:25 / Careful with That Axe, Eugene” – 10:09 / A Saucerful of Secrets” – 13:03

Disc two (CD)
The Man and The Journey live Amsterdam, 17 September 1969: “Daybreak” (“Grantchester Meadows”) – 8:14 / “Work” – 4:12 / “Afternoon” (“Biding My Time”) – 6:39 / “Doing It” – 3:54 / “Sleeping” – 4:38 / “Nightmare” (“Cymbaline”) – 9:15 / “Labyrinth” – 1:10 / “The Beginning” (“Green is the Colour”) – 3:25 / “Beset by Creatures of the Deep” (“Careful with That Axe, Eugene”) – 6:27 / “The Narrow Way, Part 3” – 5:11 / “The Pink Jungle” (“Pow R. Toc H.”) – 4:56 / “The Labyrinths of Auximines” – 3:20 / “Footsteps” / “Doors” – 3:12 / “Behold the Temple of Light” – 5:32 / “The End of the Beginning (A Saucerful of Secrets)” – 6:31

Disc three (DVD/Blu-ray)
Forum Musiques, Paris, France, 22 January 1969 – 19:25: “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” / David Gilmour interview / “A Saucerful of Secrets”

‘The Man’ and ‘The Journey’: Royal Festival Hall, London, rehearsal, April 14, 1969 – 14:05: “Afternoon” (“Biding My Time”) / “The Beginning” (“Green is the Colour”) / “Cymbaline” / “Beset by Creatures of the Deep” (“Careful with That Axe, Eugene”) / “The End of the Beginning” (“A Saucerful of Secrets”)

Essencer Pop & Blues Festival, Essen, Germany, October 11 1969 – 19:14: “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” / “A Saucerful Of Secrets”

Music Power & European Music Revolution, Festival Actuel Amougies Mont de LÉnclus, Belgium, 25 October 1969 – 27:53: “Green is the Colour” / “Careful with That Axe, Eugene” / “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” / “Interstellar Overdrive” (with Frank Zappa) – 11:26


Devi/ation (1970)

Arriviamo al 1970. I Pink Floyd incidono la colonna sonora di Zabriskie Point, film di Michelangelo Antonioni. Finalmente qui troviamo l’intera colonna sonora in versione integrale, totalmente remixata, che occupa l’intero CD2. Nel primo invece troviamo materiale dedicato alla release di Atom Heart Mother, con la premiere alla BBC Radio Session del luglio 1970 (insieme ad altri brani) e la performance live a Montreux di Novembre dello stesso anno. Sono ben due qui i Blu-Ray. Nel primo una live performance alla KQED e il Quad Mix 4.0 dell’album Atom Heart Mother. Nel secondo altro materiale live dalla Francia (St. Tropez, 8 Agosto e Parigi, 5 Dicembre), insieme a un’altra esecuzione della suite con il Philip Jones Brass Ensemble e il John Alldis Choir di Londra.

Disc One (CD)
“Atom Heart Mother” (Live in Montreux, 21 Nov 1970) – 18:01

BBC Radio Session, 16 July 1970: “Embryo” – 11.10 / “Fat Old Sun” – 5.52 / “Green Is The Colour” – 3.27 / “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” – 8.25 / “If” – 5.47 / “Atom Heart Mother” (with choir, cello & brass ensemble) – 25.30

Disco Two (CD)

Zabriskie Point Soundtrack: “On The Highway” – 1.16 / “Auto Scene Version 2” – 1.13 / “Auto Scene Version 3” – 1.31 / “Aeroplane” – 2.18 / “Explosion” – 5.47 / “The Riot Scene” – 1.40 / “Looking At Map” – 1.57 / “Love Scene Version 7” – 5.03 / “Love Scene Version 1” – 3.26 / “Take Off” – 1.20 / “Take Off Version 2” – 1.12 / “Love Scene Version 2” – 1.56 / “Love Scene (Take 1)” – 2.16 / “Unknown Song (Take 1)” – 5.56 / “Love Scene (Take 2)” – 6.40 / “Crumbling Land (Take 1)” – 4.09 / “Atom Heart Mother” (Early studio version, band only) – 19.15

Disc Three (DVD/Blu-Ray)

An Hour with Pink Floyd: KQED, San Francisco, USA, 30 April 1970: “Atom Heart Mother” – 17.37 / “Cymbaline” – 8.38 / “Grantchester Meadows” – 7.37 / “Green Is The Colour” – 3.31 / “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” – 9.09 / “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” – 12.37

Atom Heart Mother album original 4.0 Quad mix 1970 – Audio Only: “Atom Heart Mother” – 23.42 / “If” – 4.31 / “Summer ’68” – 5.29 / “Fat Old Sun” – 5.24 / “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast” – 13.01

Disc Four (DVD/Blu-Ray)

Pop Deux Festival de St. Tropez’, France, 8 August 1970: “Cymbaline” (sound check) – 3.54 / “Atom Heart Mother” – 13.46 / “Embryo” – 11.23 / “Green Is The Colour/” / “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” – 12.21 / “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” – 12.07

Roland Petit Ballet, Paris, France, 5 December 1970: “Instrumental Improvisations 1,2,3” – 3.28 / “Embryo” – 2.39

Blackhill’s Garden Party, Hyde Park, London, UK, 18 July 1970: “Atom Heart Mother” (with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/John Alldis Choir) – 21.15


Reverber/ation (1971)

Arriviamo a uno dei capisaldi della discografia dei Pink Floyd, con l’epoca di “Meddle“, album contenente la mitica “Echoes“. Il brano viene presentato in un’inedita versione quad mix, insieme a rari demo (già noti ai fan), BBC Sessions e alcune live performances. Nel disco due, dedicato al materiale video, tantissimi estratti da diverse partecipazioni TV della band, alcuni live e interessanti video animati insieme a brevi documentari.

Disc One (CD)

“Nothing Part 14” (Echoes work in progress) – 7.01

BBC Radio Session, 30 September 1971: “Fat Old Sun” – 15.33 / “One Of These Days” – 7.19 / “Embryo” – 10.43 / “Echoes” – 26.25

 

Disc Two (DVD/Blu-Ray)

‘Aspekte’ feature – 9.51: “Interview + Atom Heart Mother (extracts)” Hamburg, Germany, 25 February 1971 Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell / “A Saucerful Of Secrets (extract)” Offenbach, Germany, 26 February 1971

Cinq Grands Sur La Deux’, Abbaye de Royaumont, Asnierès-sur-Oise, France,15 June 1971 – 17.55: “Set The Control For The Heart Of The Sun” / “Cymbaline”

‘Musikforum Ossiachersee’, Ossiach, Austria,1 July 1971: “Atom Heart Mother (extract)” Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchel – 3.12

‘Get To Know’ Randwick Race Course, Sydney, Australia, 15 August 1971: “Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Band interview)” – 6.23

’24 hours – Bootleg Records’, London, UK, 1971: Documentary including Pink Floyd and manager Steve O’Rourke – 2.27

‘Review’, London, UK, 1971: Storm Thorgerson & Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell interviewed re: record cover design – 3.37

Ian Emes animation created July 1972, Birmingham, UK: “One of These Days (‘French Windows’)” – 4.17

‘Musikforum Ossiachersee’, Ossiach, Austria, 1 July 1971: “Atom Heart Mother” (extract, in colour): – 5.10

’71 Hakone Aphrodite Open Air Festival, Hakone, Japan, 6-7 August 1971: “Atom Heart Mother” – 15.11

Audio – only material: “Echoes” original 4.0 Quad mix 1971 – 23.35


Obfusc/ation (1972)

Nel 1972 uscì “Obscured By Clouds“, colonna sonora del film “La Vallèe“, ma uscì anche il famosissimo “Live At Pompeii“, imprescindibile live video dei Pink Floyd. In questo volume troviamo “solo” il remix 2016 dell’album “Obscured By Clouds” nella parte audio, mentre nel secondo disco (video) viene presentato il mitico live con Audio Remix 5.1, insieme a molti altri estratti televisivi, soprattutto francesi.

Disc One (CD)

Obscured by Clouds 2016 Remix: “Obscured by Clouds” – 3.03 / “When You’re In” – 2.31 / “Burning Bridges” – 3.30 / “The Gold It’s In The…” – 3.07 / “Wot’s…Uh The Deal” – 5.09 / “Mudmen” – 4.18 / “Childhood’s End” – 4.33 / “Free Four” – 4.16 / “Stay” – 4.06 / “Absolutely Curtains” – 5.52

Disc Two (DVD/Blu-Ray)

Recording Obscured by Clouds, Château d’Hérouville, France, 23-29 February 1972: “Wot’s…Uh The Deal”: with recording session photos – 5.04 / “Pop Deux”: Documentary recording Obscured By Clouds+ David Gilmour and Roger Waters interview – 7.14

Brighton Dome, UK, 29 June 1972 – 16.44: “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” / “Careful With That Axe, Eugene”

Roland Petit Pink Floyd Ballet, France, news reports 1972-73

“Actualités Méditerranée”, Marseille, 22 November 1972 – 3.29

“JT Nuit – Les Pink Floyd”, Marseille, 26 November 1972 – 3.04

“JT 20h – Pink Floyd”, Paris, 12 January 1973 – 3.01

“Journal de Paris – Les Pink Floyd” , Paris, 12 January 1973 – 5.03

Concert set up news report – France, 29 November 1972

Poitiers – Autour Du Passage Des Pink Floyd – 4.27

Live At Pompeii (2016 5.1 Audio Remix): “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” – 6.40 / “A Saucerful Of Secrets” – 10.09 / “One Of These Days” – 5.58 / “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” – 10.24 / “Echoes” – 26.10


Continu/ation

Infine il settimo volume, esclusivo per il box The Early Years, racchiude molto materiale escluso dai sei precdenti. Per quanto riguarda la parte audio, troviamo altre tre BBC Sessions del 1967 e 1968. La parte video invece viene in gran parte dedicata ai film di cui i Pink Floyd hanno curato le colonne sonore con “More“, “La Vallèe” (nel secondo Blu-Ray) e “The Commitee” (nel primo), insieme ad altri estratti live registrati tra il 1967 e il 1972.

Disc One (CD)

BBC Radio Session, 25 September 1967: “Flaming” – 2.42 / “The Scarecrow” – 1.59 / “The Gnome” – 2.08 / “Matilda Mother” – 3.20 / “Reaction in G” – 0.34 / “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” – 3.19

BBC Radio Session, 20 December 1967: “Scream Thy Last Scream” – 3.35 / “Vegetable Man” – 3.07 / “Pow R. Toc H.” – 2.45 / “Jugband Blues” – 3.50

BBC Radio Session, 2 December 1968: “Baby Blue Shuffle in D Major” – 3.58 / “Blues” – 4.59 / “US Radio ad” – 0.22 / “Music from The Committee No. 1” – 1.06 / “Music from The Committee No. 2” – 3.25 / “Moonhead” (live on 1969 BBC TV moon landings broadcast) – 7.16 / “Echoes” (live at Wembley 1974) – 24.10

Disc Two (DVD/Blu-Ray)

“Arnold Layne (Alternative version)” Hampstead Heath and St. Michael’s Church, Highgate, London, UK, March 1967 – 2.56

“P1–P wie Petersilie” Stuggart, Germany, 22 July 1969 – 16.52: “Corporal Clegg” / Band interview / “A Saucerful of Secrets”

“Atom Heart Mother” ‘Bath Festival of Blues & Progressive Music’, Shepton Mallet, UK, 27 June 1970 – 3.46

“Kralingen Music Festival” Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 28 June 1970 – 10.16: “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” / “A Saucerful Of Secrets”

“The Amsterdam Rock Circus” Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 May 1972 – 35.41: “Atom Heart Mother” / “Careful with That Axe, Eugene” / “A Saucerful of Secrets”

The Committee (feature film) – 55.18

Disc Three (DVD/Blu-Ray)

More (feature film) – 1.56.00

La Vallée (Obscured By Clouds) (feature film) – 1.45.00

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