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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pink Floyd Poster - Rare Italian EMI Promo

Pink Floyd Poster

Pink Floyd poster, ULTRARARE! early '70s original and absolutely genuine Italian-only, EMI / Harvest, promo-poster, great & unique graphic & still in great near mint condition! I think that this depicts the Man and the Journey concept.

The Man and the Journey is the name of one of Pink Floyd's early concept-shows performed the first time April 14, 1969 in Royal Festival Hall, London. It consists of several of their early songs coupled with material that would appear on the film More, which was written simultaniously. The event was titled 'The Massed Gadgets Of Auximenes - More Furious Madness From Pink Floyd'. The material was incorporated into two album-length suites, The Man and The Journey. The concerts also included visual performance elements such as the sawing and construction of a table and consumption of afternoon tea onstage.

'The Man and the Journey' were Both parts of the show contained of improvisations around different Floyd songs,

The 17 September performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is the most widely bootlegged of the shows on the tour because it was broadcast by radio station VPRO. Plans for an official live album release of The Man and the Journey were considered, but abandoned due to overlap of material with Ummagumma.

This set finds the Pink Floyd at what some consider their post-Barrett psychedelic high-water mark in 1969; most of the movements in these pieces were cut, reassembled, and rerecorded for their movie sountrack albums from the same period: Zabriskie Point, and More.

See the set list here:

a) Daybreak (band-version of Grantchester Meadows)
b) Work (early version of Biding My Time)
c) Afternoon (break, where tea was served for the band on stage)
d) Doing It (Up The Khyber)
e) Sleeping (Quicksilver)
f) Nightmare (Cymbaline)
g) Daybreak (Instrumental version of Grantchester Meadows)

a) The Beginning (Green Is The Colour)
b) Beset The Creatures Of The Deep (Careful With That Axe, Eugene)
c) The Narrow Way (Band-version of The Narrow Way, part three)
d) The Pink Jungle (Pow R. Toc H.)
e) The Labyrinth Of Auximenes (mid-section from Interstellar Overdrive)
f) Behold The Temples Of Light (Instrumental)
g) The End Of The Beginning (Celestial Voices from A Saucerful Of Secrets)

'The Man and the Journey' is only available on bootleg-recordings. One recording circulating is done by dutch radio VPRO in Amsterdam September 17, 1969. A part of the show was recorded for the radio-show 'Top Gear' on May 12, 1969. The recording has been released on the more ore less official italian CD: 'Pink Floyd - The Complete Top Gear Sessions' (GDR CD 9206/AB).

the following shows are known to be recorded and are circulating on tape:

14 April 69: Royal Festival Hall, London (I think the original performance. A tape of this show exists but is very very rare. Easily identifiable because it has IO as an encore. A lot of people still list the 26jun69 show as this show).

22 June 69: Free Trade hall, Manchester. Has Set the Controls as an encore, tape contains lots of cuts

26 June 69: Royal Albert Hall, London. a.k.a. The Final Lunacy. Brass and Choir on the closing section of a Journey. Two different recordings of this show are available.

8th August 69: Plumpton Festival The Journey only — Roger introduces it as “the second half of… a kind of concept thing… we did around the country a bit earlier this year.”

17 September 69: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam Recorded and broadcasted by Dutch radio, and the source of many RoIOs. Recently the (almost) complete concert was rebroadcasted and treed on Echoes. This is the version to hunt for. The broadcast only misses the non-musical parts (Work, the bird noises in daybreak, etc.) and is in soundboard quality. This show had no encore. Behold the Temple Of Light lacks keyboards, because Rick Wright left his usual spot and ran to the big pipe organ of the Concertgebouw and plays that during the ‘The End of the Beginning’ section.
“Biding My Time”



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