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Format: CD
Catalog: VFM 430318 (I guess!!) Value For Money-Records
Misc.: SACEM/GEMA, UPC code 4-007875-459502
Produced: 1995, Germany
Date: 68-72
Cover: INSERT: Folded; blank inside. Front has artist's impression of Saturn viewed from one of its moons with the words "PINK FLOYD" and "STRANGER THAN FICTION." Rear has a fantasy landscape in a circular panel on a tan field. Landscape looks like badlands beneath a sky filled with unidentifiable objects. TRAY LINER: Blue tinted and altered stage photo of Dave on a black field; tracklist and source info. and the words "THE ULTIMATE PINK FLOYD COLLECTION (1968-1972)." Also printed is: "Distributed by Syd Barrett in a Purple Flying Saucer, made from the wreck of Marc Bolan's Mini," accompanied by a small photo of Syd. CD: Black laquered with the words of the CD title given in separate yellow boxes. There is also an image of the band which looks like it might have been an attempt at a hologram (didn't work). Matrix no. is scratched out.
Sources: 1968- 15 Nov 72 Various European locations from Feb. '68 to 15-11-72
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       1. Corrosion                                 8:32
       2. Pink Blues                                5:46
       3. Careful With That Axe, Eugene            10:49
       4. Interstellar Overdrive                    6:30
       5. Atom Heart Mother                        15:44
       6. One Of These Days                         8:41
       7. Breathe/On The Run                       11:01 (!)
       8. Obscured By Clouds                        5:04
       9. Brain Damage/Eclipse                      5:31
          Total Time                               77:40

      Roger Waters 
      David Gilmour
      Rick Wright 
      Nick Mason

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  • VG/VG- - OSCAR
Comments: 8,9 - These two tracks are not listed on the cover!!

The cover states the following about the tracks: Corrosion: Royal Albert Hall, 6/2/72. PB: Stadthalle Offenbach, 26.2.71 CWTA,E: Kralingen Pop Festival 28/6-70. This track was not included on the Kralingen-Sampler of early 70's fame. IO: Rome, February 1968 AHM: Gemersheim, 21/5/72 OOTD: Germersheim, 21/5/72 Bre/OTR: Boeblingen, 15/11/72, a very rare version which was only performed a few times. OBC and BD/Eclipse: ????? (Does anyone know??)

Can anyone confirm these dates?

As you might expect soundquality differs, but this is how I rate the tracks:

Cor, PB, CWTA,E: VG AHM, OOTD, Bre/OTR, OBC, BD/Eclipse: VG+

All tracks have been mastered from vinyl, so some hiss and pops occur. Sound is a little bit thin, but all the versions are GREAT! Maybe I'm hardcore, but I like this one... - OSCAR

With respect to Bre/OTR: Boeblingen, the length is long enough to make it the Boeblingen show. As for it being a very rare version that was only performed a few times, this is off course not completely true, since the On The Run jam has been performed on every DSOTM set from the beginning of 1972. What is true is that it (being a jam) could be (slightly) different each night. -GERHARD

All tracks are audience recordings and mastered from vinyl (at one point during AHM we even get a multiply-repeated passage due to a skip on the source disc!). The sources given above are as stated on the packaging, and so may be incorrect in places. Before OOTD Roger berates a section of the crowd who are standing and obscuring the view of other audience members. - THE HEDONIST

Have you ever noticed that 4 different versions of this CD are circulating? But don't worry too much: only the colour of the CD is different. And here are the details:

CD-colour CD-title on group-photo ---------------------------------------------------------------- 1. black yellow bkgrnd black/white on orange bkgrnd 2. black pink bkgrnd black/white on lightblue bkgrnd 3. pink blue bkgrnd pink on darkblue bkgrnd 4. pink lilac bkgrnd pink on yellow bkgrnd

The sound quality is very good, but it sounds as though it were compiled from various sources on vinyl because there is the occasional pop of a record. - ANON

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