Racial Violence (Siréne-024)
Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – February 1st, 1977
Disc 1: Sheep, Pigs On The Wing (part 1), Dogs, Pigs On The Wing (part 2), Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Disc 2: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-5), Welcome To The Machine, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 6-9), Money, Us & Them
Bonus DVD: Welcome To The Machine, (Have A Cigar), Sheep, Dogs, Pigs (Three Different Ones), Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Money, Us & Them
There are four different sources circulating for Pink Floyd’s Vienna show: two audience recordings, a soundboard fragment (“Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 6-9)”, “Money”, and “Us & Them”) and twenty minutes of video footage from the audience. Racial Violence on Sirene presents the better of the two audience sources, an excellent stereo recording, and the video source on a bonus dvd. This is the same source released previously as Animalization on Highland (HL 587/588) but is sourced from a DAT clone of the master reel-to-reel tape that has been circulating. There is also evidence of hiss reduction done to the tape.
This is the complete show including breaks between the songs and the show is one of the better ones from the first week of the In The Flesh tour. There is a similarity with other shows from this week with the first half, a presentation of the Animals LP, being more tenative than at the end of the tour. Although the numbers are presented without a hitch, there are some hesitations in the breaks in the pieces (especially evident in “Dogs”) which suggest the band are still gaining confidence. Roger whispers “six” after the third verse of “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”. Strange, as this was the seventh concert! The weight of the concert lies on the second half with the presentation of the Wish You Were Here LP. The beginning of “Shine On” is spine tingling and “Have A Cigar” has a lot of bite.
The bonus DVD is a nice touch and is the only film available from this era. The picture is hard to see and the songs are out of sequence and fragmentary. But it does capture some dramatic footage like Dave Gilmour playing the slide guitar in “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and Roger singing “Have a Cigar”. The filmer focuses upon close ups of the band so we don’t have any wide shots of the stage and Mr. Screen. Watching this is frustrating because it really makes one wish that there was an officially filmed and produced DVD available. Racial Violence is a nice, comprehensive package released by Sirene in May, 2004 and limited to three hundred copies. This is a very good concert and recording and package and is recommended.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)