On September 30, 1971, I tuned in my family’s old Murphy A262 radio, and had our reel-to-reel tape recorder poised for action. Then it started. John Peel’s familiar voice introduced Pink Floyd, who proceeded to play a live set of five numbers at the Paris Theatre in London. I was 16 at the time, and judged it to be the most incredible music I had ever heard. Although my tape recording wasn’t the best quality, it was able to recreate something of that experience, but eventually I lost it. Time went by. Years later and to my amazement, I learned that the BBC had recorded that concert, and distributed it to other radio stations on LPs. More incredibly, that concert could now be purchased on CD! To old school Pink Floyd aficionados it is known as Meddler. The first track is an arrangement of Fat Old Sun that differs quite considerably, in intricacy as well as mood, from the Atom Heart Mother album version. As Dave Gilmour goes into the guitar break it literally lifts the consciousness from ground level through the stratosphere like a soaring Saturn V, and puts you into a tranquil orbit above the cares of the world below. The concert includes the first public performances of One of These Days and Echoes from the then new album Meddle – versions that it is hard to imagine ever being improved upon. The set finished with Embryo, not on any album but a regular feature in live Floyd performances at the time, and a blues number of the kind the band had played around with when making the soundtrack for the film More. This is a sample of the real Pink Floyd. Regrettably, it’s now just an echo of a distant time

The Ghost of Music Past


The Ghost of Music Past spends a lot of time talking to people who are experiencing problems in their lives. He also tries to help people working to better their situations through education. In his spare time he likes to write articles about social history, using popular culture as a primary source.

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