Definitive Rave Master (Sigma 52)
Boston Garden, Boston, MA – June 18th, 1975
Disc 1 (55:34): Raving And Drooling, You’ve Got To Be Crazy, Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 1-5, Have A Cigar, Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 6-9
Disc 2 (55:58): Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, Breathe (Reprise), The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Us And Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse
Disc 3 (23:29): audience, Echoes
With the collection of excellent recordings of Dan Lampinski entering circulation, it was a matter of time before the Pink Floyd show from June 18th 1975 would surface and find release. This show is already blessed with one of the best recordings from the seventies by Steve Hopkins. This new recording is so good that it actually rivals the older one.
The Hopkins tape has wonderful weight and profundity. It is the charm of the recording. Lampinski’s recording is just as clear and is very airy with emphasis upon the high end. Although some have suggested that this recording supersedes the Hopkins tape, that judgement is based really upon personal preference and the committed Pink Floyd collector will want both in the collection. There are two small cuts in the tape. The first is 6:22 to 6:30 in “Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts 1 to 5” and the second is 2:36 to 2:50 in “Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts 6 to 9.”
The Boston show is important and popular with collectors not only because of the excellent sounding recordings. But the summer of 1975 was an apex in their live performance. They achieved not only a confidence with their new material, but also Dark Side Of The Moon had, two years after its release, become legendary.
But the first hour of the show is devoted to all of the brand new material, none of which had been released yet. The highlight of the first set is the “Shine On” suite and it’s apparent from this performance how far developed it was compared to “Raving And Drooling” and “You Gotta Be Crazy.” There is a deep familiarity with this piece and the improvisation in in “Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts 6 to 9” contains long funk-inspired expositions before the solemn ending.
The audience were as enthusiastic as can be expected from sitting trough so many new songs. But they burst out with the beginning of Dark Side in the second half of the show. This is close to the end of the suite as a live piece. It would be played in its entirety only seven more times. By the audience’s reaction it’s obvious it is a great piece of rock theater.
The numbers that anchor the set are heavy as ever, but the other pieces also contain moments of power and whimsy. “On The Run,” for example, in Boston is one of the best versions of the piece. It is thrilling to hear in the Hopkins recording, but the Lampinksi has more audience audience reactions that make it fun to hear
“Great Gig In The Sky” turns into a jazz piece and “Money” hit into a nice military beat. The tour-de-force is of course “Any Colour You Like” which is expanded to more than nine minutes of pure jamming by the band. Gilmour and Wright take control of the piece, going back and forth in a duel.
The encore is a perfect version of “Echoes” lasting twenty five minutes. Many of these Pink Floyd shows sound similar during this period, but the loud and demonstrative Boston audience bring out something unique in the band this evening and they deliver one of the best shows from this tour. Sigma does a great job in presentation as usual. Definitive Rave Master is definitive according to one’s own particular tastes, but it is a solid release worth having.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)