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Produced: March 1998
Date: 700211
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Cover: CD's are in a slim lined 2CD jewel case, with the cd holding panel swinging like a page (as opposed to folding out) Book: Folded, made of standard paper stock; front is a picture of Nick in red lighting (if you have the book, Pink Floyd - A Visual Documentary by Miles, the same picture is on the same page as the Meddle release page (at least in my edition). It has Pink Floyd written at the top, with Violence In Birmingham just below it, all in red lettering. The rear of the insert has the following: an advertisement for various bands concerts for February - March - April 1970, of which Floyd is one, with this show being one of three Floyd shows listed; a ticket stub from the Birmingham show, and a picture of the band, taken from the rear of the stage, from March 13, 1970. The insert is blank on the inside. Back: track listing w/ track times in black type, with source detail (times given are not necessarily song lengths; below I've given actual song lengths); the background is a picture of the group, circa 1969-1970, with Dave in front (sitting?) and the other 3 behind him (see the page after the Zabrinskie Point release page in Miles' book). Discs: Recordable cds that are void of any details except for a hand written 1 or 2 (depicting disc one or two) with VIB written above on the gold fronts.
Sources: 11 Feb 1970, Mar 1970 Disc One: Recorded live at Town Hall - Birmingham, Warwickshire, England on February 11, 1970. Disc Two: Tracks 1-2 February 11, 1970; track 3 from Lund, Sweden March 20, 1970; track 4 from West Berlin, West Germany on March 13, 1970.
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      Disc:  1
       1. The Embryo                                          11:31 
       2. Main Theme                                          11:25 
       3. Careful With That Axe, Eugene                       10:07 
       4. Sysyphus                                             8:41 
       5. Violent Sequence                                    25:32 
          Total Time:                                         71:11 

      Disc:  2
       1. Set The Controls ...                                13:19 
       2. The Amazing Pudding (early AHM)                     22:15 
       3. Interstellar Overdrive                              12:39 
       4. Blues                                                5:34 
          Total Time:                                         56:15 

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      David Gilmour 
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  • Ex -Scott
Comments: times given are actual length of songs, not track times given on cd.

This is the first time (that I know of) that this significant show has been available on cd. This show is significant for several reasons. First, it contains a very early performance of Atom Heart Mother and Embryo (I had not realized until just now that Embryo had its concert debut at the same time as AHM, plus or minus a show or two) This show would be around the 10th or so performance of each song, so it's interesting to compare these early performances to later ones. The second reason why this show is so important is that it contains several rarely performed songs; Sysyphus, The Violent Sequence, and Main Theme (from More). Each of these songs had only a handful of performances. The fact that all three were played in Birmingham is significant, especially since there are only two documented shows where this occurred. It appears that this show was the final performance of Sysyphus, as well as one of the last for the other two. The Violent Sequence was given a very lengthy performance, at 25:32 minutes (probably its longest). The March 13, 1970 Blues is one of the earliest performances of this song. I'm not sure if anyone else but me cares about this sort of information, but I just love it.

The recording quality is not very good, though it is not so bad that it is unlistenable (sound quality was NOT factored into my Excellent quality rating). It sounds a little muffled at times, though at other times sounds quite good. Interstellar Overdrive (from another show) appears to have the best sound (plus a really good performance), and Blues (again from a different show) the worst. Blues is slower and a little heavier than the other versions I've heard. At this point of AHM's development (then called The Amazing Pudding), there was a drum solo featured at the end. This version has a two minute drum section before the source cuts off. Some songs appear to be cut off slightly at the end, though nothing too bad. Also, there is drop in high frequencies when the vocal section of AHM begins and which seems to last the entire section. The result is a very muffled sound that makes the vocal section hard to enjoy.

This roio is part of a continuing release of shows often previously unavailable on cd (at least in a very, very long time). The same people have also released Childhood's End (March 7, 1973) and The Man Live in Paris (January 23, 1970), among others. Word from the source is that another rare, early 1970 show (January 18, 1970 at Croydon, England) is being prepared for release. The problem is that, depending on where you live, you may not be able to get your hands on these releases. The January/February 1970 concerts show Floyd in a period of mild transition. The Man and The Journey (as a complete suite) had been permanently dropped from their set list. They temporarily dropped Cymbaline and tried out five new songs in an effort to develop a new set list that would form the basis for all shows through the end of 1971, with a few minor changes. Given the rarity of the material played at the Birmingham show and the fact that this show has not been commercially available on cd in a very long time, if ever, this release is a must have for hardcore Floyd fans if you can find it, even though the sound quality is not high. Rated as essential collection material. - Scott

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