Legacy Recordings will release an early, previously-unreleased version of Pink Floyd‘s “Interstellar Overdrive” on April 15.
Recorded Nov. 31, 1966, at Thomson Studio in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, the nearly-15-minute piece features Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Rick Wright and Roger Waters.
A shorter version of the instrumental appeared on Floyd’s first album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” in August 1967.
The 12-inch one-sided single comes a week before Record Store Day; and will be available for sale at “Their Mortal Remains,” the massive Floyd exhibition opening at the Victoria & Albert’s Museum in London in May.
With artwork taken from an early UFO gig, the 180-gram disc will come with a fold-out poster and postcard featuring the group.
This recording would seem to pre-date the version featured in the Peter Whitehead film “Tonight Let’s All Make Love in London,” and available on the EP “Pink Floyd: London ’66-’67.” Clocking in at just less than 17 minutes, that version was recorded at London’s Sound Techniques on Jan. 11 and 12, 1967.
A 1986 show that was part of David Gilmour‘s stint with Pete Townshend‘s Deep End band is about to be released.
“Face to Face” will be a two-disc DVD/CD set of the band’s appearance on German TV’s “Rockpalast” program. The performance was recorded at Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale (MIDEM) in Cannes on Jan. 29, 1986.
The discs will be released Sept. 16. The package will also be available digitally.
In addition to Townshend solo songs and classics from The Who, the band performs Gilmour’s “Blue Light” from his ’84 “About Face” album.
The band includes: Townshend (vocals, guitar); Gilmour (guitar, vocals); Peter Hope-Evans (harmonica); Chucho Merchan (bass); Simon Phillips (drums); John Rabbit Bundrick (keyboards); Jody Linscott (percussion); The Kick Horns: Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Pete Beachill and Dave Plews; and backing vocalists Billy Nicholls, Ian Ellis, Chris Staines, Gina Foster and Coral Gordan.
One fan who ponied up $500 for the so-called “super deluxe” boxset of “Roger Waters The Wall” got a surprise: Instead of being autographed by Waters, the 170-page hardcover book included with fan Jim Clarke‘s box reads “Love Jimmy Smith.”
Fans have put forth two theories to explain the anomaly: Either Waters grew tired of signing all 3,000 boxes and decided to play a prank. Or someone else was hired to sign on Waters’ behalf and experienced a momentary lapse of reason when he accidentally signed his own name.
Music publication NME has asked Waters’ camp for comment, but none are forthcoming just yet.
Either way, in the end, this botched box might end up being worth even more than if Waters had signed his own name to it.
Pink Floyd will begin reissuing its catalog on vinyl this spring.
The first of the series of remastered LPs will arrive June 3 on the group’s new Pink Floyd Records label, a division of Columbia: “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” (1967), “A Saucerful of Secrets” (1968), “More” (1969) and “Ummagumma” (1969).
The albums will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and feature packaging that imitates the original releases.
Floyd plans to release more LPs from its catalog throughout the year. It’ll be the first time in more than 20 years the complete Floyd catalog will be available on vinyl.
The first batch have been mastered by long-time Floyd collaborators James Guthrie and Joel Plante; and Bernie Grundman, who’s mastered Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller,” Prince‘s “Purple Rain,” Dr. Dre‘s “The Chronic” and others.