|The Great Gig In The Sky - Front Cover|
|Label||Silent Sea Productions|
|Catalogue No.||SSR 41925|
|Total Time :||62:20|
(mainly from the release notes)
This is a fantastic c.d. and a must-have for anyone who loves "Dark Side" (don't we all ?)
The legendary "One Side Of The Moon" is included here to encompass side 2. Side 1 of the album is represented by outtakes and live recordings.
The liner notes follow:
The Dark Side Of The Moon - A brief history
The Dark Side Of The Moon, like most of Pink Floyd’s 70s works, underwent a lot of transformations from its initial inception as a
concept album early in 1972.
It is startlingly different in places and one can only surmise what the first side would have sounded like before being edited.
We had demos for most of the songs on side one with the exception of “Breathe” and “The Great Gig In The Sky.” To fill in the gaps we used a version of “Breathe” from one of the Rainbow concerts in February 72 and from the same gig “The Great Gig In The Sky’s” predecessor “The Mortality Sequence.” There are gaps between the songs, but I’m sure fans will accept this stunning new version for its rarity value.
We’ve completed the discs with some more Dark Side demos. Now turn down the lights, fire up the speakers and enjoy. Mike B.
Online experts Collector Music Reviews, added this summary:
The first five tracks date from a performance of Eclipse, as it was called at that point, from the Rainbow Theatre in London on February 20th, 1972. “On The Run” at this early stage was a free free form jazzy piece which builds into a tense crescendo leading into “Time” in which both Gilmour and Wright share the vocals in an arrangement that lacks the dramatic bombast of the studio counterpart. A combination of the very good audience recording and excellent sounding soundboard tape are used.
The next five tracks come from the One Side Of The Moon tape mentioned in Mike B’s comments and have never been circulated and are available
to the general public for the first time. The sound quality on all of them is simply outstanding and the tracks feature interesting variations
on the well known songs:
The balance of the disc contains several demos that have been in circulation, including the acoustic demo of ”Money” with Waters on vocal and the band working on “Brain Damage.” Again, the sound quality on all these tracks are the best sounding and are definitive.
The Great Gig In The Sky features a photo of the late Richard Wright on the front cover as an homage to the man who played a much more
important role in the Pink Floyd sound than many give him credit for. The new demos tend to bring out how interesting and creative the
keyboard lines are in the final mix and are a fitting tribute.
|Tracks 1-5 are logically sequenced as Side 1 of the L.P.|
|1||Speak To Me||Rainbow Theatre, London - 1972||2:48|
|2||Breathe||Rainbow Theatre, London - 1972||2:46|
|3||On The Run||Rainbow Theatre, London - 1972||6:09|
|4||Time/Breathe Reprise||Rainbow Theatre, London - 1972||6:48|
|5||The Great Gig In The Sky||"Mortality Sequence" - Rainbow Theatre, London - 1972||4:22|
|Tracks 6-10 are logically sequenced as Side 2 of the L.P.|
|6||Money||One Side Of The Moon||7:13|
|7||Us And Them||One Side Of The Moon||7:46|
|8||Any Colour You Like||One Side Of The Moon||3:23|
|9||Brain Damage||One Side Of The Moon||3:46|
|10||Eclipse||One Side Of The Moon||2:50|
|11||Money||Acoustic demo, Abbey Road||1:41|
|12||Us And Them||Demo, Abbey Road, June 1972||5:28|
|13||Brain Damage/Exclipse||Demo, Abbey Road, June 1972||3:26|
|14||Brain Damage Part 1||Outtake, Abbey Road, November 1972||1:26|
|15||Brain Damage Part 2||Outtake, Abbey Road, November 1972||2:20|