Sunday, November 16, 2014

40 Year Itch : Live for Today, Gone Tomorrow, That's Me

 Pink Floyd’s British Winter Tour '74, was a short concert tour by Pink Floyd during the winter of 1974 in the United Kingdom. Noted for introducing the public to "You Gotta Be Crazy" ( better known as "Dogs" on 1977's Animals), the tour featured the band doing pretty much what it did throughout the Dark Side of the Moon tour, performing while perfectly synced up films were shown on a huge screen behind them. Improvisation was impossible.  If the band seemed a bit remote, it may have been because both Waters and Mason's marriages had broke up earlier in the year.

       The 16th November show was recorded by BBC Radio One and later broadcast on the Alan Freeman Show on 11 January 1975, minus the encore. This recording is included in the Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here box sets, except for "Echoes" which remains unreleased. For the BBC broadcast, the line "I've been mad for fucking years" was removed from "Speak To Me".

    After the British tour, Pink Floyd entered the studio in January of 1975 to begin recording sessions for Wish You Were Here.

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