Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pink Floyd - 1970-11-27 - Hannover (Trip Through Germany / EAT 170-171)

Pink Floyd
November 11, 1970

Trip Through Germany
Eat A Peach / EAT 170-171

101. Astronomy Domine
102. Fat Old Sun
103. Cymbaline
104. Corrosion In The Pink Room / Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict
105. The Embryo / Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict (Reprise)

201. Atom Heart Mother
1. Father’s Shout
2. Breast Milky
3. Mother Fore
4. Funky Dung
5. Mind Your Throats Please
6. Remergence
202. Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict tease / Green Is The Colour
203. Careful With That Axe Eugene
204. Introduction
205. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
206. Final Speech
207. A Saucerful Of Secrets
1. Something Else
2. Syncopated Pandemonium
3. Storm Signal
4. Celestial Voices

Over the past few years there has been a restructuring of thought when recordings of Pink Floyd culled from their German / European dates in November 1970 are concerned. First off there is an old vinyl bootleg called Pictures Of Pink Floyd Vol 1 (Topsound 70001) and Vol 2 (Topsound 10022), while the cover may eluded to the fact that it was from a USA concert in April 1970, keen listeners easily deduced it was not from then but from Europe in late 1970 due to song structures, mainly of Fat Old Sun and Atom Heart Mother. There was a comment made by Roger “My Lords, ladies and gentlemen, Mr Nicholas Mason”, thus this recording was attributed to Gothenburg, Sweden as supposedly there were members of the Swedish royal family in attendance at that concert. Since the POPF featured a unique piece of music referred to as Corrosion, most also believed that the recording was done within a few days time of another concert, Hamburg Nov 14, 1970, that contained the same piece of music, so the recording for many years was referred to as Gothenburg.

As time goes on, somehow “new” recordings surface, and sometimes throw a wrench in the works, such is the case with the three fragmented recordings that surfaced in 2012 and released by Sigma as In Germany 1970-1971 (Sigma 71). This title was sourced from a cassette featuring snippets of three different concerts, Hamburg – November 14, 1970, Hannover – November 27, 1970 and Munster, Germany – February 24, 1971. Well, after close examination, the music referred to as Hamburg did not match the circulating recording for that date, see Corrosion (Sirene 235), then it was discovered that the material dated Hannover matched the circulating recording Hamburg. An additional piece of the puzzle came into the picture in mid 2016 when a recording for the Gothenburg – November 11, 1970 concert surfaced on Gothenburg 1970 (Sigma 156).

Based upon all this new information, the problem would be what to do with the Pictures Of Pink Floyd recording. After an examination of the dates from the tour that had no known recording, it was deduced it had to be from Saarbrucken – November 28, 1970. And this does make sense based upon the piece known as Corrosion, there are three know versions of this song in circulation and all three are very similar, most believe that they were recorded close together, it would not make sense if they were weeks apart. The third version you ask? It was recorded for French TV at the conclusion of this tour on December 5, 1970.

So here is what has been restructured:

Gothenburg, Novermber 11, 1970 – Gothenburg 1970 (Sigma 156)

Hamburg, Germany, November 14, 1970 – In Germany 1970-1971 (Sigma 71)

Hannover, Germany, November 27, 1970 – Corrosion (Sirene 235), In Germany 1970-1971 (Sigma 71), Trip Through Germany (Eat A Peach EAT 170/171)

Saarbrucken, Germany, November 28, 1970 – Pictures Of Pink Floyd (Topsound 70001 / 10022)

Now we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at this new title from the Eat A Peach label of the Hannover – November 27, 1970 concert. The November tour through Europe is, for me, a high point in the Floyd’s early touring career, many of the concerts exist on and circulate either through bootlegs or in trading circles and are available for our listening enjoyment, and there is much to be enjoyed. After the somewhat rudderless late 60’s, the band seemed to have found direction largely thanks to their draw as a live act. This gave them the ability to gel together with David Gilmour and write as a unit, and their creativity would culminate with a series of incredible records, Ummagumma, More, Atom Heart Mother, and Meddle. For me the studio records are like titles of chapters, the real text is in the live recordings, and for me it gets no better than 1970.

The recording from Hannover, originally thought to be Hamburg, has circulated for years and is an essential piece to the early Floyd puzzle, as intriguing as Birmingham – February 11, 1970 and Sheffield – December 22, 1970 as it contains a very unique performance. Not only do we get one of three versions of Corrosion aka Libest Spacement Monitor but also Roger does several incredible “pict” rants based upon his piece, Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict from the Ummagumma record. The performances from this period found the band playing in small halls and most have an intimate atmosphere, and Roger is in an interesting mood and seems to have an almost open dialogue with the audience, a rather rambunctious group of young fanatical German Floyd fans.

The recording falls into the very good range, just slightly distant with all instruments and vocals clearly heard. To my ears it sounds as if the Peach folks have slightly increased the volume making the small amount of tape hiss just a bit louder, I am basing this on the 2003 transfer of the Reel to Reel 3 3/4 ips referred to as T136 that is considered the lowest generation and best source in circulation. What this tape has over the old Sirene Corrosion title is a warm and natural sounding listening experience and it runs at the correct speed, an is just a hair longer as well. While I fully acknowledge that mastering of these old tapes tends to follow ones tastes, it does seem that the trend is going for a more natural sound of what the recording actually sounds like versus trying to achieve a bright and brittle sound free of hiss that has no soul to it.

It boils down to this, I like this new release. The tape hiss does not bother me and the recording sounds great and is quite enjoyable, add this together with a sublime performance, one of the best from 1970 and you get a winner. I fully agree some may not like the mastering of any title, but this is a forum to discuss opinions on a titles merits so those who do not have a particular recording can make a determination of whether it is worth their investment or not. Until the master tape of this recording or the full recording found on In Germany 1970-1971 surfaces, this new title from Eat A Peach is an acceptable alternative to the long out of print Sirene title and is a nice title to have. The packaging is simple mini LP style jacket with CD sleeves and inserts all having great photos from the era, there are nice liner notes from the Lazy Goalkeeper.

Pink Floyd - 1970-01-18 - Croydon (Leaders Of The Underground / EAT 119-120)

Pink Floyd
January 18, 1970
Fairfield Hall

Leaders Of The Underground
Eat A Peach / EAT 119-120

101. Careful With That Axe Eugene
102. The Embryo (Early Version)
103. Main Theme From 'More' (Early Version)
104. Biding My Time
105. A Saucerful Of Secrets

201. The Violent Sequence
202. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
203. Astronomy Domine
204. The Amazing Pudding (AKA Atom Heart Mother Early Version)

After the arrival of David Gilmour and the departure of Syd Barrett, the Pink Floyd were forced to begin a musical transformation. Barrett was their chief song writer and front man, much of these duties would to Roger Waters and Richard Wright, subsequent singles from this time period shows a lack of direction from earlier songs that topped the British music charts. The band moved away from singles and towards more LP oriented themes, they also were much in demand as a live act, gone was the psychedelic freak outs and the band moved into college circuits where like minded students would intently listen to this new music. 1969 and 1970 were pivotal years for the band, they found that concept based themes could be personally rewarding and quite popular, The Man and The Journey concept concerts were well received. Their work on film soundtracks like Zabriskie Point and More would also provide a sort of testing ground to venture into other areas outside an official record and coupled with such albums as A Saucerful Of Secrets and Ummagumma, made for a very prolific period.

Not wanting to stick with concept performances the band were beginning to experiment with their live set and in early 1970 the band would play some of the most adventurous sets of songs, taking existing crowd favorites and expanding with newer music. This was short lived as the band would soon focus on a collection of songs that would form the basis for their sets for the next two years, it was this set of songs and consistent touring where themes and ideas would evolve into some of the greatest music the band would record. There are three very important recordings in circulation, Feb 11 Birmingham (Atomic Heartbeat In The Hall – Godfatherecords 786/787), Paris Jan 23 (Household Objects In Paris – Godfatherecords GR 897/868, The Man In Paris – Sigma 89) and Croydon Jan 18, the subject of this new release. The recording from Croydon is good, it has circulated for years in trading circles, the master tape has never circulated and the best that does are a couple generations from that tape. Apparently the taper would set up a stall at a record fair and sell copies of his recordings on cheap media, so the sound is not as good as it could be. As stated the sound is good, there is tape hiss present as well as some distortion in loud parts and while the instruments and vocals can be heard the recording lacks clarity. It is also sadly incomplete as to conserve tape the taper would pause the machine to save tape. For years the sequence was the subject of much debate with only news paper reviews to give some clues, finally a person who attended the concert wrote down the set lists at that time and confirmed the sequence of songs on this release are correct, only thing missing is the encore of Intestellar Overdrive!

The first disc begins with Careful With That Axe, Eugene, for a first song it is clear and well defined, clocking in at about 11 minutes it is a focused and excellent version of the song, not as intense as latter versions but certainly an important song in the bands repertoire. Embyro is still in its infancy, it is similar to the recording from the BBC December 1968, you can hear the band incorporating the more bluesy feel into it, something that would be fully in place less than a month later in Birmingham, Dave plays quite a bit of slide guitar during the song. The middle section features the band playing around with different melodies and themes as if simply seeing what works or is interesting. Main Theme From More is great live, it just kind of bobs along, the middle section features some interesting growls or grunts from Roger and you can hear some almost Embryo type jamming in the middle. What is apparent is how well played the song is giving it was very short lived in the band live set. Biding My Time aka Afternoon was part of the suite known as The Man from 1969’s concept concerts and is always an interesting song live. It sounds as if it could be played anywhere from London to New Orleans, Richard Wright would play trombone giving a jazzy feel but soon afterwards Gilmour plays a wonderful blues inspired solo as the song starts to really cook. More than likely A Saucerful Of Secrets is the final song from the first set, clocking in at 17 minutes it is a typically wonderful and mysterious version, the Celestial Voices ending seems to be too much for the recording device as it gets a bit distorted yet adds to the corrosive nature of the song.

The second disc and set begins with The Violent Sequence, it starts with a sort of Heartbeat Pigmeat meets Sysyphus which morphs into a sort of avant garde jazz variation of the percussive beat of the song before moving into the Richard Wright piano which would become Us And Them two years later. This is a very adventurous and at times meandering piece of music, given the rarity of the piece and the fact that the band would ultimately reject it for the stage make for a unique listening experience. A nice long Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun and Astronomy Domine follows, both typical for the era and its obvious that both are audience favorites with the former really starting to reach for the cosmos, gentle yet deliberate. The last thing that makes this tape absolutely essential for Floyd enthusiasts is the last song, the first known recording of what would later be titled as Atom Heart Mother. It is believed that the previous night’s concert in Hull, England was its live debut, yet there is no recording from that performance. The framework of the song is here, it lacks a more focused structure and lacks some of the dynamics that would continue to evolve over the next couple months, one of the more interesting things is Nick Mason’s drum solo section. The recording cuts at its conclusion and the last three minutes is a repeat from the beginning section done as part of a Yeeshkull project restoration of this concert, done so well if you did not know it was there, you never would’ve known.

The packaging is typical Eat A Peach, mini LP sleeve with a collage of live shots from the period. The inner CD sleeves have live and posed shots, the one of Waters seated at a table with a couple of cats glancing out a window in nice, and have the song titles for each cd listed. There is an insert with liner notes from The Lazy Goalkeeper that is well written, simply another well sought out release. As with their The Man And The Journey set, it is obvious Eat A Peach is committed to releasing well thought out and relevant Pink Floyd material, material that deserves such lovingly assembled sets such as this. Oh yeah, the title of this comes from Roy Shipston’s review of this concert in Disc magazine, “Pink Floyd Leaders of the underground”.

U2 - 1987-09-28 - New York City, NY (New York 928 / MC036)

September 28, 1987
Madison Square Garden 
New York City, NY

New York 928
MoonChild Records - MC036

01. Where The Streets Have No Name
02. I Will Follow
03. Trip Through Your Wires
04. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Exodus (snippet)
05. MLK
06. The Unforgettable Fire
07. Bullet The Blue Sky
08. Running To Stand Still
09. In God's Country
10. Sunday Bloody Sunday
11. Exit / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
12. Help
13. Bad
14. October
15. New Year's Day
16. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
17. With Or Without You
18. Party Girl
19. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
20. Spanish Eyes
21. 40

The second performance of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is with the New Voices Of Freedom gospel choir.

U2 - 1987-09-22 - Foxboro, MA (Foxboro 922 / MC035)

September 22, 1987
Foxboro Stadium
Foxboro, MA 

Foxboro 922
MoonChild Records - MC035

01. Stand By Me
02. Where The Streets Have No Name
03. I Will Follow
04. Trip Through Your Wires
05. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
06. The Unforgettable Fire
07. Bullet The Blue Sky
08. Running To Stand Still
09. Exit / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
10. Sunday Bloody Sunday
11. Help
12. Helter Skelter
13. Bad / Walk On The Wild Side (snippet)
14. October
15. New Year's Day
16. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
17. One Tree Hill
18. With Or Without You
19. 40

Bono's arm is in a sling after dislocating his shoulder two nights earlier in Washington DC. It restricts his movement somewhat, but he has to wear it for the next few weeks. The first show without the sling is not until 20 October 1987 in Iowa City.

U2 - 1987-09-17 - Boston, MA (Boston 917 / MC034)

September 17, 1987
Boston Garden
Boston, MA 

Boston 917
Moonchild Records - MC034

01. Opening
02. Bullet The Blue Sky
03. Where The Streets Have No Name
04. I Will Follow / Don't Let Me Down (snippet)
05. Trip Through Your Wires
06. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Exodus (snippet)
07. People Get Ready
08. The Unforgettable Fire
09. Exit
10. Silver And Gold
11. In God's Country
12. Sunday Bloody Sunday
13. Help
14. Bad
15. Running To Stand Still
16. New Year's Day
17. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
18. One Tree Hill
19. With Or Without You
20. Party Girl
21. 40

During I Will Follow, U2's own concert lighting fails and much of the show is played with the house lights on.

U2 - 1987-05-16 - East Rutherford, NJ (East Rutherford 516 / MC033)

May 16, 1987
Brendan Byrne Arena
East Rutherford, NJ 

East Rutherford 516
Moonchild Records MC033

01. Stand By Me
02. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
03. MLK
04. The Unforgettable Fire
05. Bullet The Blue Sky
06. Running To Stand Still
07. Sunday Bloody Sunday
08. Exit / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
09. In God's Country
10. Trip Through Your Wires
11. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
12. The Electric Co. / Light My Fire (snippet) / Break On Through (snippet)
13. Springhill Mining Disaster
14. New Year's Day
15. Gloria
16. Bad
17. Where The Streets Have No Name
18. I Will Follow
19. With Or Without You / Shine Like Stars (snippet) / Love Will Tear Us Apart (snippet)
20. 40

U2 - 1987-05-15 - East Rutherford, NJ (East Rutherford 515 / MC032)

May 15, 1987
Brendan Byrne Arena 
East Rutherford, NJ

East Rutherford 515
Moonchild Records MC032

01. Where The Streets Have No Name
02. I Will Follow
03. Trip Through Your Wires
04. People Get Ready
05. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
06. MLK
07. The Unforgettable Fire
08. Bullet The Blue Sky
09. Running To Stand Still
10. Exit / Riders On The Storm (snippet)
11. In God's Country
12. Sunday Bloody Sunday
13. Maggie's Farm / Cold Turkey (snippet) / School's Out (snippet)
14. C'mon Everybody
15. Trip Through Your Wires
16. Bad / Ruby Tuesday (snippet) / Sympathy For The Devil (snippet)
17. October
18. Springhill Mining Disaster
19. New Year's Day
20. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
21. With Or Without You / Shine Like Stars (snippet)
22. Gloria
23. 40

Bono felt that Trip Through Your Wires was performed so badly the first time that he got the band to do it again later in the main set.