Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pink Floyd - 1969-1972 - Pro-Shot In Europe

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Dr. Forrester said...

PINK FLOYD - Pro-Shot In Europe 1969-1972

Video : MPEG-2, 720x480, 4:3, 29.95fps, NTSC
6000kbps (except Brighton: 8000kbps)
Audio : Linear PCM 48kHz, 1536 kbps
Length: 54 min

Amougies, Mont de l'Enclus, Festival Actuel, 25Oct69
- Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
- Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Rotterdam, Kralingse Bos, Holland Pop Festival, 28Jun70
- Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
- A Saucerful Of Secrets

1971: FRANCE
Royaumont, Abbaye de Royaumont, 15Jun71
- Cymbaline
- Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

Brighton, The Dome, 28-29Jun72
- Careful With That Axe, Eugene
- Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

The video files from Amougies and Royaumont were received
from an anonymous fan without any info about the lineage.
In order to complete the DVD, we took the best version of
the Brighton footage (from "Waking The Grapevine"DVD )
and we worked on the audio in order to remove some crackles
and drop-outs from the original transfer and improve the
sound quality. So big thanks to A_L who gave his permission
to use his transfer for this DVD! We also want to thank Ron
Toon who gave his permission to use the Stamping Ground
videos from Harvested's Pink Floyd Video Anthology. Again,
we improved the original audio, this time by using the
soundtrack from "Rock Fieber" DVD, which was the best audio
quality we could find for the Holland Pop Festival.

Four successive years ...
Four European countries ...
Four live performances professionally filmed ...

While the extracts from the 1970 Holland Pop Festival and
the 1972 Brighton footage filmed by Peter Clifton are
circulating for some time now, the sound quality presented
here is the best we've heard for these documents.

But the most important thing about this DVD is the inclusion
of extremely rare pro-shot footage that was not available on
any VoIO until now: extracts from the 1969 Floyd performance
in Amougies, and two songs from the 1971 French concert in
the Royaumont Abbey.

The Amougies stuff is from the famous 25Oct69 concert where
Frank Zappa joined the Floyd onstage for a jamming version
of Interstellar Overdrive (unfortunately, there's no video
trace of that particular moment of the festival). The video
footage from Amougies comes from the "Music Power" film shot
by Jerome Laperrousaz. That documentary was shown in some
French cinema theatres in 1970, but very quickly it was
removed from the public circuit (the Floyd was not happy
about the way the music was mixed in the film, and thought
it was not representative of their true sound on stage).
On the DVD, we have an almost complete version of Set The
Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, in black and white,
followed by a short but intense extract from the song
Careful With That Axe Eugene (the screaming part), this
time in colour.

The Royaumont concert from 15Jun71 was filmed by French ORTF
TV, and two songs were broadcast less than a month later
(12Jul71) in a program called "Cinq grand sur la Deux".
On this DVD we have the complete broadcast, which consists
of Cymbaline followed by Set The Controls For The Heart Of
The Sun.

The viewing of these 4 pro-shot documents reveals the band
evolution between 1969 and 1972. By coincidence, each
document shows two songs of the filmed performance, and
each time, one of them is Set The Controls For The Heart
Of The Sun (thus appearing four times on the DVD).