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2006-11-05, 03:09 PM
Hi everyone - I am trying to put together a Christmas gift (both for me and another Floyd fan) of the best shows from each era. I know this is something that is open to interpretation and opinions vary, but I am looking for your expert opinions/logic here.

What would you consider the best sounding circulating audios of the following:
1. Early Floyd (up to 1970)
2. Early 70's with Atom Heart Mother and Meddle material (looking for probably 2 shows here since it is so excellent!)
3. 1972/73 Dark Side shows
4. 1975 show
5. 1977 Animals/WYWH show
6. Best Wall show from the early 80's
7. Best Gilmour era Floyd Delicate Sound of Thunder show.
8. Best Division Bell 1994 era show

I am staying away from the solo stuff for now, as I want to focus on Floyd. I also want to put a greater focus on the earlier stuff when they were all together (items 1-6 above).

I appreciate any comments or feedback. Hopefully I can find all of your suggestions online and give them a listen.

2006-11-05, 04:07 PM
I'll give a try :p I'll list my few favourites for every era.

1. Early Floyd.
BBC archive 1967-1969 HRV CDR 008 Nice sounding recordings from 1967 to 1969.
Complete Concertgebouw 1969-09-17 Best The Man and The Journey concept show in circulation.

2. AHM/Meddle.
2.1. 1970.
1970-04-29 Interstellar Encore very nice show
1970-07-16 BBC Radio One Master Reels SUP SQ
1970-11-21 Smoking Blues SUP SQ
2.2. 1971
1971-02-25 M-502
1971-06-05 HRV CDR 029 Early Echoes lyrics
1971-09-18/19 Live in Montreux
1971-09-30 Meddled SUP SQ
1971-10-04/07 Pompeii SUP SQ
1971-11-20 From A Time So Strange (MoLM) 28' The Embryo.
1971 is one of my favourite year, as you can see :D

3.1. 1972 (Eclipsed)
1972-01-20 The Dark Side Rehearsals (Dark Side premiere)
1972-09-22 Crackers One of the bests from 1972
1972-12-09 Zurich Wonderful SQ
3.2. 1973
1973-03-11 Maple Leaf Gardens (the Yeeshkul show)

1974-11-15 Black Holes In The Sky Interesting performance, 22' SOYCD
1974-11-16 Wembley Pre FM Best sounding from 1974.)

4. 1975 WYWH tour
1975-04-26 Echoes From The Past Possibly the best sounding from 1975.
1975-06-18 Echoes in the Gardens Wonderful SQ too.
1975-06-28 Steel Breeze Nice and relaxing show.

5. 1977 In The Flesh tour
1977-05-01 Iron Pigs On Fire Wonderful SQ.
1977-05-09 Master-Reel to Reel Wonderful SQ.
1977-07-06 Montreal 1977 nice SQ, the date is important too because of the spitting incident.

6. 1980
1980-02-28 Brick by Brick Best sounding show from The Wall era IMO.

It is impossible for me to reduce to one show for each era, even with 3 it is very very hard ^^
Hope that helps.

2006-11-05, 06:42 PM
That's a great list. I can concur with those mentioned. To make it complete, make sure you include the Live 8 performance too. That would be the icing on the cake :D


2006-11-05, 11:08 PM
My personal faves for each tour/year

1970-02-11 HRV CDR 024 Project Birmingham

I love this for the inclusion of the rare material like sysyphus, theme from more violence sequence.

1970-09-26 electric factory hrv cdr 21

solid all round show, great asos

1970-04-22 Portchester 'Complete'

like this one for the inclusion of green is the color and grandchester meadows.

1970-10-23 - Creatures Of The Deep [R&D]

I love this haunting version of asos as well as the guy freaking out durring cwthae
1971-02-25 - M502

great performance, long asos

1971-04-03 Ahoy Rotterdam

I like this performance

1971.10.17 New Mown Grass (PRS-CDR-008)

just a really good, solid, mellow, layed back, close your eyes and melt into your couch performance

1972-11-15 Great Gig In Boblingen REV A K (Sporthalle Boblingen West

1973-03-14 - Boston Music Hall

great sound quality

1973-05-11 - Live for a Friend

I like this performance

1974-11-17 Getting Better All The Time [FRP CDR012-14]

geat sound quality, like this performance of early gbc

1975-06-18 Echoes in the Garden

great sq, nice performance

1975-06-28 - Ivor Wynne Master [Speed Corrected]

great perfomance, in my heavy rotation for listening.

1977-05-09 - M-RtR

Great sound quality, solid performance, rare cwtae for an encore

1977-07-02_In The Grassland Away

My fave version of wywh, love the piano on this one.

1977-07-06 montreal

Love this one, nice long (and my favorite) version p3do solid perfromance IMO.

I wont bother with recomending anything past this era.

2006-11-06, 12:22 PM
I'm not really enough of a connoisseur to come up with my own list, but I will say that I agree with the recommendation for Complete Concertgebouw 1969-09-17 because of (a) the sound quality (if you get the right version) and (b) because it is a great example of an important series of shows. I'd also concur with a recommendation of those 1970 and 1971 Peel Sessions, again for the sound quality especially if you get the Harvested version with the high quality stereo tracks.

If you are after high sound quality, I wouldn't recommend Project Birmingham, but I do strongly recommend it if you can accept a lesser sound quality for an absolutely unique recording of tracks that were rarely played and some that don't appear elsewhere at all.

You missed 1974 in your original list. I'd recommend something from there because you want to hear the earliest versions of Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Raving and Drooling and You Gotta Be Crazy. Also for historical significance I'd agree with the recommendation for a recording from the 1977-07-06 Montreal spitting incident show, even if just to hear Roger get fed up then later baiting the audience.

You'll also need one of the early 1972 shows, again for the historical significance of hearing what were then known as The Travel Sequence and The Mortality Sequence.

For the best sound quality from each era, apart from the two I listed at the start, I'll leave it up to the others to comment.