6 April 2006, gsparaco @ 11:24 pm
Video Anthology Vol. 2: 1968-1973 (Harvested HV-002DVD)
“Tous En Scene”, L’Antenne du Chapiteau du Kremlin-Bicetre, Paris, France October 31st, 1968: Let There Be More Light, Flaming
The second volume of the Pink Floyd Video Anthology on Harvested picks right up where the first volume left off in 1968 at the beginning of the Gilmour era of their career. The first fragment is from the French television show “Tous En Scene” filmed on Halloween. The footage is fragmentary and dominated by shots from behind Waters and Mason with occasional peeks from the front. The film quality is pretty good but the sound appears out of sync at certain points. This is followed by various live clips, all of them incomplete and offer tantalizing glimpses of some very famous shows, especially the Roland Petit Ballet footage.
The following tracks are the best things on this release. “Cymbaline” comes from KQED in San Francisco. It is sourced from a vhs copy of a rare rebroadcast with the audio coming from the 3/4″ stationmaster. It looks and sounds incredible. Harvested has released the entire broadcast and hopefully will come out on silver too. After the television broadcast are the Pink Floyd segments from the film Stamping Ground (aka Love And Music, Rock Fieber). This footage was shot by a German film crew and looks the best it ever has on this release. It contains some very dramatic shots of the band playing “A Saucerful Of Secrets” while the sun is coming up and really makes me wish their entire set would surface.
Following this is some very rare footage of Pink Floyd’s first tour of Japan in the summer of 1971. Played over “Atom Heart Mother”, there is some concert footage from a very windy Hakone and the band landing at the airport and touring the capitol. The balance of the dvd is a mixed bag as far as interest is concerned. The two cartoons contain Pink Floyd’s music but not the band themselves. “French Windows” is clever with windows floating around to “One Of These Days”. The April, 1969 rehearsals are fragmentary and the disc ends with two trailers, one a minute and a half the other shorter of Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point. Pink Floyd is included in the soundtrack and “Careful” can be heard in the trailers, but otherwise it is very dated. Again, as with the first volume all of the material is presented in the best available quality and the hard work of the producer’s shows. The exactly same material was also released under the same title on the WOW label (WOW-063). (GS)If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)
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