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Format: CD
Catalog: Hippie Shit Label
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Produced: Israel (there are some hebrew letters on the frontcover)
Date: 650415
Matrix: Disc 1: None
Cover: Colour picture of Pink Floyd playing for a TV show (maybe "Top Of The Pops"?), Syd sitting on a big pillow, in the back of the stage, Nick playing in the front of the stage. BTW: same as "A Saucerful Of Outtakes" cover.
Sources: 14 Apr 1965- 07Jun70 Studio/Live 1, 2: 14 Apr 1965, London 3: 11 Jan 1967, Sound Techniques Studios, London 4: 14 May 1967, "Look Of The Week", BBC1 TV, London 5, 14: Jun 1967, Abbey Road Studios, London 6 - 9: 25 Sep 1967, Playhouse Theatre, BBC, London 10 - 13: 20 Dec 1967, Maida Vale Studio 4, BBC, London 15: Aug 1967, alternate mix, 3rd U.S. single 16: 13 Nov 1967, Oude Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam 17: 07 Jun 1970, Abbey Road Studios, London
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      Disc:  1
       1. Lucy Leave                                           2:45 
       2. I'm A Kingbee                                        3:00 
       3. Interstellar Overdrive                              16:49 
       4. Astronomy Domine                                     3:55 
       5. Experiment                                           1:28 
       6. Flaming                                              2:37 
       7. The Gnome                                            2:09 
       8. Matilda Mother                                       3:19 
       9. The Scarecrow                                        2:01 
      10. Vegetable Man                                        3:15 
      11. Pow R. Toc H.                                        2:56 
      12. Scream Thy Last Scream                               3:39 
      13. Jugband Blues                                        3:50 
      14. Swan Lee (Silas Lang)                                1:16 
      15. Flaming                                              2:49 
      16. Reaction In G                                        4:09 
      17. Milky Way                                            3:06 
          Total Time:                                         63:05 

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      David Gilmour 
      Rick Wright 

Comments: This RoIO is similar to "A Saucerful Of Outtakes". There are 3 more tracks, but I'm pretty sure the first 14 tracks were dubbed from "A Saucerful Of Outtakes". Even the cover is the same (they only changed the title).

"Lucy Leave" and "King Bee" come from the first Floyd's session. Sound is excellent, in mono.

"Interstellar Overdrive" is the "Tonite Let's All Make Love In London" version (17' long). Mono. Sup.

"Astronomy Domine" is really nice! This is the Floyd's appearance at the "Look Of The Week" TV show, on May 14, 1967. It is often wrongly referred as from the "Games For May" concert (Queen Elizabeth Hall, May 12), or from the Roundhouse (July 9). The sound quality is excellent, in mono, with some tape hiss.

The most interesting tracks are "Experiment" (alias "Sunshine") and "Silas Lane". They are outtakes from "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" sessions. And they are very rare on RoIO CD ! "Sunshine" begins with organ chords, then some hazardous guitar's lines, and finally the drums and bass begin to play a strong rhythm. "Silas Lane" only features Syd playing some chords, with sometimes strange distorted piano notes from Rick! This song later became "Swan Lee (Silas Lang)", and was recorded by Barrett during his sessions for "The Madcap Laughs" album. It didn't appear on the album, but on the 1988 compilation "Opel". Anyway, the version on this RoIO is a very early version, very far from the final "Opel" version. The sound quality for these 2 rare outtakes is excellent, in mono.

With tracks 6 to 13, we have the first 2 BBC sessions (the only BBC sessions with Syd). The first took place at the BBC Playhouse Theatre, September 25, 1967 (broadcast October 1). The second session was recorded at Maida Vale Studio 4, December 20, 1967 (broadcast December 31). This is interesting to have these early sessions, but the sound quality is only VG, and not better than the versions on "The Complete Top Gear Sessions 1967-1969" RoIO.

"Flaming" is the alternate mix, as it appeared on the 3rd U.S. single (released on 5 Aug 1967, on Capitol's Tower label). This is a rough mono mix, not very different from the regular one (some background sounds are mixed louder). It was mastered from vinyl. The sound quality is "only" Ex (some "Sup" versions for this single can be found on other RoIOs: "A CD Full Of Secrets", "Pink Light Rarities"...).

"Reaction In G" is taken from the 1967 Rotterdam concert at Oude Ahoy Hallen ("The Hippy Happy Fair"). This concert took place on 13 Nov 1967, not 12 Oct 1967 as it is often referred on other RoIOs. This is a mono audience recording, not too bad for such an early Floyd recording. VG.

The last track, "Milky Way", is a Barrett outtake. I compared it with the version that appears on the official "Opel" compilation, and it is slightly different. The basic track (acoustic guitar and vocals) is the same. So I guess this is the "take 5" mentioned on "Opel". But there are some overdubs that DON'T appear on the "Opel" version: a kind of chorus guitar on the background, and a bass playing a short transition. In fact, the "Opel" version is the simple basic track, in perfect quality, but it's only Syd playing and singing. The version here is more than the basic track. Mono. Ex.

This is a nice compilation of early Floyd stuff. The most interesting tracks are the "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" outtakes ("Sunshine" and "Silas Lane"), and the "Look Of The Week" appearance ("Astronomy Domine"). This compilation is also interesting if you don't have the 1967 "Top Gear" sessions. - MARC-OLIVIER

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