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Format: 2CDR
Catalog: Hip Cat Records
Misc.: CDRs!
Produced: December 1997
Date: 730307
Matrix: Disc: 1 CDR
Disc: 2 CDR
Cover: Back: track listing w/ track times in pink type, with source detail and the signatures of all 4 band members; the background is a slightly dim shot of the cover of Obscured By Clouds. Book: Folded, made of standard paper stock; front has 4 small pictures of the band taken from the March 11, 1973 show at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. The picture arrangement is very reminiscent of the Black Glass cover. The cover has Pink Floyd across the center and Childhoods End at the bottom. Lettering is green and the font looks very similar to that on the cover of the Obscurity cd. The rear of the insert has a cutout from the Bugle American advertisement for the Floyd's March 4, 1973 show in Madison, Wisconsin and two other newspaper cutouts, one from a March 17, 1973 publication. The insert is blank on the inside. Discs: gold fronts with teal backs. Discs are void of any details except for a hand written 1 or 2 (depicting disc one or two) on the gold fronts. CD's are in a slim lined 2CD jewel case, with the cd holding panel swinging like a page (as opposed to folding out)
Sources: 07 Mar 1973, 06Mar73, 08Mar73 Disc 1, Disc 2 1-11, 07 Mar 1973, International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois Disc 2 12, 6 Mar 1973, Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri Disc 2 13, 8 Mar 1973, University Fieldhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio
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      Disc: 1
       1. Echoes                                              22:05 
       2. Tune Up                                             1:36 
       3. Obscured By Clouds/When You're In                   12:57 
       4. Tune Up                                             1:18 
       5. Childhood's End                                     7:49 
       6. Careful With That Axe, Eugene                       12:18 
          Total Time:                                         58:03 

      Disc: 2
       1. Speak To Me                                         1:42 
       2. Breathe                                             2:53 
       3. On The Run                                          5:25 
       4. Time w/ Breathe (reprise)                           6:24 
       5. The Great Gig In The Sky                            4:57 
       6. Money                                               6:20 
       7. Us And Them                                         7:23 
       8. Any Colour You Like                                 6:59 
       9. Brain Damage                                        3:29 
      10. Eclipse                                             1:30 
      11. One Of These Days (encore)                          7:45 
      12. Childhood's End (w/ 1:30 tune up)                   10:26 
      13. Childhood's End                                     7:48 
          Total Time:                                         73:11 

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      Nick Mason 
      David Gilmour 
      Rick Wright 

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  • VG/EX
Comments: At last, a live recording of the rare Childhood's End! This is the first roio I know of to have it. Not only that, we get two additional performances of it. Depending on your preferred reference source (A Journey Through Time And Space or the newly released and, for me, somewhat inaccurate and misleading Pink Floyd: In The Flesh) there were only 4 - 8 (or so) performances of Childhood's End. The presence of three of these limited performances makes this disc invaluable to collectors. The disc also contains the somewhat less rare Obscured By Clouds/ When You're In. This is one of the few roio's that contains a complete performance from the 1973 shows. The source is an audience recording that is of very good quality. I have not listened to this cd that much, so at this point I cannot give a detailed analysis. I am not a big fan of the DSOTM, (though I do like the early Eclipsed performances), so I tend to stay away from the June 1972 -> 1973 shows. As a result, my points of reference would not be extremely relevant in comparing the March 7 show to other shows in this time frame. Nevertheless, the sound quality is high and song performances are strong. The BIG problem for collectors is that this roio may not be available on a large scale. Though commercially available, the creators of this cd are not really in the business of manufacturing roio's. As a result, availability may be somewhat limited. On the positive side, this is the first release of a possibly continuing series of hard to find Floyd performances. Word from the source is that they may release these shows on a monthly basis. If this release is any indication, we could be in store for quite a treat. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Given that this is the only currently available roio (as far as I know) that contains the elusive Childhood's End (let alone 3 performances of it), I highly recommend you get it - that is, if you can find it. Rated as essential collection material. -SCOTT

The Chicago performance is above average throughout, and a complete ‘73 with Childhood’s End is certainly a rare treat. Sound quality, however, was a big disappointment on this one, and detracts significantly from my enjoyment of the disc. It is clean and probably close to the master, but the recording just wasn’t that great to begin with. Audibly, the taper was nowhere near the stage. The music primarily found the microphone via the ceiling and walls of the venue. VG- in my book.

The two extra versions of CE both sound better than the Chicago source, though they aren’t outstanding either. -EL

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