Sunday, February 12, 2012

Point Me At The Sky / Careful With That Axe, Eugene - 7" Single - 1978 Italy Reissue

This is one of four Italian 7 inch singles reissues from 1978. The reason for the reissues is not clear and I haven't found any real answer for it. Some guessed that it was done to coincide with David Gilmour's new album and making some money when no Pink Floyd album or tour is happening. This single includes 2 songs:

The first one is 'Point Me At The Sky', which was originally released in December 1968 as a single and wasn't included in any album.

The B-Side of the single includes 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene', an instrumental piece that was later could be found in the compilation album 'Relics', in the album 'Ummagumma' as a live version  and was recorded again for the soundtrack of the film 'Zabriskie Point' by the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. In the soundtrack it appeared with a different title as 'Come In Number 51'.

The single comes in a picture sleeve with the picture of clouds over snowy mountains on both sides of the single, and the words 'Pink Floyd - Point Me At The Sky' on top.

'Point Me At The Sky' (3:35)
'Careful With That Axe, Eugene' (5:39)

Released: November 6, 1978
Country: Italy
Cat. Number: 3C 006-05459
Labels: Yellow-Green Harvest Labels

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Blue Light - David Gilmour - 7 Inch 1984 Germany

This is the single for David Gilmour's song 'Blue Light' from the 1984 album 'About Face'. This song was the first single from the album. The song here is the single edit and is a bit longer then the album version. It's the German issue of the single. The B-Side on this single is 'Cruise'

The single comes in a picture sleeve. The front cover is the same as the album and has Dave's name in the upper right corner and 'Blue Light' in the lower right corner. The back cover has a photo of David with his guitar, together with the track list, credits and 7 dates and venues from Dave's tour in Germany and Switzerland.

Blue Light (Single Edit) - (3:52)
Cruise - (4:40)

Year: 1984
Country: Germany
Cat. Number: 1C 016 2000647
Labels: Yellow & Green Harvest labels

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fictitious Sports - Nick Mason - 1981 U.S.A. Promo

This is Nick mason's album from 1981, and another promo vinyl from my collection, released in the US. Like others, it has the golden stamp that says "FOR PROMOTION ONLY Ownership Reserved By CBS Sale Is Unlawful". The labels though, does not have anything that reminds us it is a promo copy, like others do.

It is still not clear to me why it is credited as a Nick Mason album when clearly all he does in this album is playing the drums and percussion. Columbia, apparently attempting to cash in on Pink Floyd's explosion in popularity, released this album in 1981 under Nick Mason's name when in reality he's simply the drummer. He didn't write any of the lyrics or composed any of the music and obviously  is not singing. It is considered by many a Carla Bley album  in all but name, since she wrote and composed all the songs herself and co-produced. All the songs except one are sung by Soft Machine's lead singer Robert Wyatt. What can I say? It is still a Pink Floyd collectible for me and other Pink Floyd fans.

The cover was designed by long time Pink Floyd designers at Hipgnosis. The front cover has a fictitious sports' playing field.The back cover has a small photo in the middle of a soccer field and many balls on it, and includes song names and credits. It also comes with an insert with the song lyrics and pictures from the recording sessions.

Released: May 1981
Country: U.S.A.
Cat. Number: FC 37307
Record Company: Columbia
Labels: Red Columbia Labels

Track List:
(1) Can't Get My Motor To Start (3:39)
(2) I Was Wrong (4:12)
(3) Siam (4:48)
(4) Hot River (5:16)
(5) Boo To You Too (3:26)
(6) Do Ya? (4:36)
(7) Wervin' (3:58)
(8) I'm A Mineralist (6:16)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

An Introduction To Syd Barret - 2010 Compilation CD

On October 4th, 2010, 'An Introduction to Syd Barrett' is released in the UK and Europe by EMI/Harvest Records. It is a brand new collection that will bring together for the first time the tracks of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett on one compilation, spanning the period 1967-1970.

David Gilmour, who originally worked with Syd Barrett on the solo albums by co-producing 'The Madcap Laughs' and as producer of 'Barrett' has taken the role of executive producer for the album and has, along with Damon Iddins and Andy Jackson at Astoria Studios, remixed five tracks including 'Octopus', 'She Took A Long Cold Look' (now renamed... Cool Look), 'Dominoes' and 'Here I Go' on which David Gilmour has added and played bass guitar. Pink Floyd's 'Matilda Mother' also receives a fresh 2010 mix. Brand new artwork has been provided by Storm Thorgerson and his estimable studio.

In terms of tracks selected, it is a nice mix of band stuff and solo material, and will indeed prove an interesting introduction to Barrett and his music for the newcomer. An addition to 'An Introduction To Syd Barrett' is the previously unreleased 20-minute instrumental 'Rhamadan', produced by former Pink Floyd and Syd co-manager Peter Jenner. It is to be offered as an extra downloadable track with the CD.

The CD is presented in a smart Digipack sleeve with the lyrics included in a 20-page booklet. It is the first time Barrett's lyrics are printed on official release.

Released: October 4th, 2010
Country: EU
Record Company: EMI / Harvest
Bar-Code: 50999 907736 2 4
Label: Picture label

Track List:
1.   Arnold Layne (2010 digital remaster) - 3:48
2.   See Emily Play (2010 digital remaster) - 3:14
3.   Apples And Oranges (2010 digital remaster) - 5:03
4.   Matilda Mother (alternate version 2010 mix) - 3:14
5.   Chapter 24 (2010 digital remaster) - 3:45
6.   Bike (2010 digital remaster) - 2:00
7.   Terrapin (2010 digital remaster) - 3:11
8.   Love You (2010 digital remaster) - 2:49
9.   Dark Globe (2010 digital remaster) - 3:01
10. Here I Go (2010 mix) - 3:25
11. Octopus (2010 mix)
12. She Took A Long Cool Look (2010 mix)
13. If it's In You (2010 digital remaster)
14. Baby Lemonade (2010 digital remaster) - 4:10
15. Dominoes (2010 mix) - 4:06
16. Gigolo Aunt (2010 digital remaster) - 5:45
17. Effervescing Elephant (2010 digital remaster) - 1:55
18. Bob Dylan Blues (2010 digital remaster) - 3:14

Information taken from: Brain-Damage UK, David Gilmour's blog, Wikipedia, SydBarret.Com

Friday, January 20, 2012

What God Wants, Part I - Maxi CD Single - Roger Waters - Austria 1992

This CD single was made in Austria and includes 3 songs from Roger Waters 1992 album 'Amused To Death'. 2 versions of What God Wants, Part I, and 1 version of What God Wants, Part III. Why Maxi single? You can read about it here: .

The front cover has the same photo as the 7 inch single - A monkey standing on a television. On top is Roger's name, and on bottom there is the single's name. It also has a white bar on the left side that says: MAXI CD SINGLE. The insert inside has the track list and credits together with a small photo of the front cover of the album (which is different from the single's cover).

Track list:
(1) What God Wants, Part I (Video Version) (4:50)
(2) What God Wants, Part I (LP Version) (5:51)
(3) What God Wants, Part III

I think the main difference, or maybe the only difference, between the 2 versions of 'What God Wants Part I', is the intro which is much longer on the LP version. It has the women repeating the words: "What God wants, God gets, God help us all".

Year: 1992
Country: Austria
Cat. Number: 658139 2
Bar-Code: 5 099765 813920
Record Company: Columbia
Label: Silver label with text with a verticle red bar on the left.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tour/'75 - 12" Sampler - Pink Floyd

This is a re-post to a post written in the Hebrew language a very long time ago. One of the first few posts in this blog.

This LP is an official promotional sampler from the U.S.A. It is not a bootleg or a fake or rip off as uneducated guesses might suggest. As my friends from the Yeeshkul! community say, there might be two reasons for releasing this LP at that time in 1975:

(1) "I seem to recall this was done because CBS secured worldwide release rights to Pink Floyd after 'Dark Side Of The Moon'. EMI only had Europe left and so released 'A Nice Pair' and then followed up with 'Tour/'75' to keep radio play of EMI products".

(2) "From what I understand it was called 'Tour 75' because it was released during 1975 to coincide with the tour that year. As was mentioned before, it was strictly a promo deal and has nothing to do with live stuff. Sort of like the 'now that you have seen them live, here is a sampler from other albums they made' thing".

It has a white cover with Pink Floyd, Tour/75' and song titles stamped on it.

Year: 1975
Country: U.S.A.
Cat. Number: SPRO 8116/7
Labels: White EMI promo labels

Track list:
1. The Gold It's In The...
2. Wots... Uh The Deal
3. Free Four
4. One Of These Days
5. Fat Old Sun
6. Astronomy Domine
7. Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Last 2 songs are live versions taken from Ummagumma.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Wall Singles Box Set - Pink Floyd - 7 Inch 2011

This is a special release for Record Store Day / Black Friday 2011. It's a box set containing 3 Pink Floyd 7 inch singles - Replicas of old singles from the album 'The Wall' with the original artwork from their initial release. It also includes a poster and a 7-inch single adapter.  The adapter is held in a small slit inside the box and has the famous hammers logo from 'Run Like Hell' single. Each box is individually numbered and mine is number '11651'.

The three singles are:
'Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) / 'One Of My Turns'
'Comfortably Numb / Hey You'
'Run Like Hell' / 'Don't Leave Me Now'

It is a very nice release and a good collectible for Pink Floyd collectors. There is a very nice trick when you open it and it looks like you are removing some bricks from the wall. The box itself has the cover art of 'The Wall' album. The official data from the Record Store Day website says there are only 7500 copies made for US and 4000 copies made for international distribute (11500 overall). Since my copy is numbered 11651 and was ordered from the US, and I also saw a copy numbered over 14000, I guess there are more copies made and some were reserved for certain stores and other sources.

Date of Release: November 25th, 2011
Country: U.S.A.
Cat. Number: PFB-27032
Bar-Code: 5 099902 703275
Record Company: Capitol
Labels: Individual for each single

Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) (3:13) / One Of My turns (3:37)
This single has a cardboard cover with Pink Floyd written on the front cover and song titles plus credits on the back cover. There is the original EMI labels & artwork from The Wall album.

Comfortably Numb (3:59) / Hey You (4:40)
This one is also in a cardboard  cover with the original Japanese artwork. The front cover has the wall with some bricks missing, and through it you can see some figures from Gerald Scarfe artwork of album, including the famous hammers. The back cover has the song titles and credits and also features the lyrics of 'Comfortably Numb' in English and Japanese. the labels are orange EMI labels. In this single, the song 'Comfortably Numb' is shorter than the original album version which is 6:24 minutes.

'Run Like Hell' (4:18) / 'Don't Leave Me Now' (4:02)
The front cover of this cardboard has Pink Floyd written on it at the top right corner, and in the middle there is the round hammers icon. The back cover has the song titles and credits. The labels are the original EMI labels with the artwork from The Wall album.

More photos of the box set can be found here: