Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pink Floyd - June 20, 1973


Pink Floyd's two Merriweather concerts in June of 1973 are my favorites.  Essentially a stop in the short U.S. tour for "The Dark Side of the Moon" album that was recently released, they were relatively unknown to many on this side of the pond. Their future single "Money" was just released that same month, reaching number 13 on the Billboard 100  for 1973.  It was also the only song on the seminal album that made it into the Top 20.  For those who were there, most find it cemented in their minds and are able to recall many of the details - the real mark of a great show.  It's memory urged me to start this blog.


This concert on that warm late June evening was performed during a huge rainstorm and was set-up in an expansive quad sound arrangement with large speakers placed in the rear corners of the lawn area near the fences. The aural display with the swirling effects in several of the tracks was enough to leave lasting memories for all who were lucky enough to be there.  I would safely say that anyone who left those stunning shows was soon shortly in the possession of a DKSOTM album, which most would still have somewhere nearby today.

Earls Court, 1973


This audio of "Money" from the first night is from a popular sound recording known as "Breaking Bottles in the Hall" and has pretty good sound for the time:

"Money"

 
Get the original recording at iTunes - Money - Pink Floyd

More audio from that show:
"Breathe"

"Us and Them"


For an interesting treat, this is a demo recording of "Money" Roger Water's made in a garden shed. 


3 comments:

  1. Running with ScissorsAugust 27, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    I was there, wow what a great memory. Don't remember much of the night except I came to and was sitting in a mud puddle, but a good time was had!!!

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  2. I think it has to rank as one of the top concerts - somewhat due to hearing that seminal album for the first time live and also because the times where so much different than today. I did not Pink Floyd when I went that night (I worked there and got in free) and left wanting to know more.

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  3. Whenever I reminisce about concerts, this one comes to mind right away. One of the best I ever got to experience, with speakers in the trees, and the female chorus and the saxophone. The absolute best light show I have ever seen. (Sufijan Stevens this year is second.) I already was a big Pink Floyd fan from Ummagumma and Atom Heart Mother but had never heard DSOTM. My friends kept pouring whiskey down my throat. Thank you for this blog. Awesome. Maybe more folks will learn the meaning of the name of the Animal Collective album.

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