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MD5 Record Set:    Disc 1    -    Disc 2 -    Disc 3 -    Disc 4 -    Disc 5 -    Disc 6
  • Band / Artist
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  • Pink Floyd
  • 1970-02-11
  • Violence In Birmingham
  • Town Hall
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  • Birmingham
  • Warwickshire
  • England
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  • unknown
  • Sad
  • Marooned
  • 13th of April 2010
  • Violence In Birmingham Label: Digital Floyd Project CD1: Embryo (12:06) Main Theme (12:38) Careful With That Axe, Eugene (11:05) Sysyphus (9:20) The Violent Sequence (26:04) CD2: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (14:23) The Amazing Pudding (23:18) Interstellar Overdrive (12:52) Blues (5:47) Total length: 110 min 46 sec Source: AUD[LOW]>SHN Quality: G+ CD1 All tracks; CD2 Tracks 1-2:: The Town Hall, Birmingham, West Midlands, England. February 11th, 1970. [ROGER: A new song that is called 'The Embryo'.] Embryo [ROGER: Thank you. This is 'Main Theme' from a film called More, shortly released...] Main Theme > Careful With That Axe, Eugene [ROGER: Thank you.] >< [ROGER: Those of you, those of you who got 'Ummagumma', well a song by Rick called *Sysyphus' we're gonna play now, it's not quite like the record, but [...]] Sysyphus >< Heart Beat, Pig Meat > Quicksilver > Moonhead > The Violent Sequence aka Us And Them [ROGER: Thank you.] >< [ROGER: This is an oldie and it's called 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun'.] Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun >< The Amazing Pudding CD2 Track 3: Akademiska Foreningens Stora Sal, Lund, Sweden. March 20th, 1970. Interstellar Overdrive CD2 Track 4: Audimax der Technische University, West Berlin, West Germany. March 13th, 1970. Blues Comments: European Tour January 10th-March 30th, 1970 Hissier than the Harvested release. This is the first time (that I know of) that this significant show has been available on cd. This show is significant for several reasons. First, it contains a very early performance of Atom Heart Mother and Embryo (I had not realized until just now that Embryo had its concert debut at the same time as AHM, plus or minus a show or two) This show would be around the 10th or so performance of each song, so it's interesting to compare these early performances to later ones. The second reason why this show is so important is that it contains several rarely performed songs; Sysyphus, The Violent Sequence, and Main Theme (from More). Each of these songs had only a handful of performances. The fact that all three were played in Birmingham is significant, especially since there are only two documented shows where this occurred. It appears that this show was the final performance of Sysyphus, as well as one of the last for the other two. The Violent Sequence was given a very lengthy performance, at 25:32 minutes (probably its longest). The March 13, 1970 Blues is one of the earliest performances of this song. I'm not sure if anyone else but me cares about this sort of information, but I just love it. The recording quality is not very good, though it is not so bad that it is unlistenable (sound quality was NOT factored into my Excellent quality rating). It sounds a little muffled at times, though at other times sounds quite good. Interstellar Overdrive (from another show) appears to have the best sound (plus a really good performance), and Blues (again from a different show) the worst. Blues is slower and a little heavier than the other versions I've heard. At this point of AHM's development (then called The Amazing Pudding), there was a drum solo featured at the end. This version has a two minute drum section before the source cuts off. Some songs appear to be cut off slightly at the end, though nothing too bad. Also, there is drop in high frequencies when the vocal section of AHM begins and which seems to last the entire section. The result is a very muffled sound that makes the vocal section hard to enjoy. This roio is part of a continuing release of shows often previously unavailable on cd (at least in a very, very long time). The same people have also released Childhood's End (March 7, 1973) and The Man Live in Paris (January 23, 1970), among others. Word from the source is that another rare, early 1970 show (January 18, 1970 at Croydon, England) is being prepared for release. The problem is that, depending on where you live, you may not be able to get your hands on these releases. The January/February 1970 concerts show Floyd in a period of mild transition. The Man and The Journey (as a complete suite) had been permanently dropped from their set list. They temporarily dropped Cymbaline and tried out five new songs in an effort to develop a new set list that would form the basis for all shows through the end of 1971, with a few minor changes. Given the rarity of the material played at the Birmingham show and the fact that this show has not been commercially available on cd in a very long time, if ever, this release is a must have for hardcore Floyd fans if you can find it, even though the sound quality is not high. Rated as essential collection material. - Scott