Pink Floyd to Release 27-Disc Box Set of Its Early Years

In an era when people rarely bother to even purchase a single album, it seems like a lot of legacy acts are putting out mammoth box sets of material for some mysterious reason. From The Grateful Dead to Bob Dylan, these bands are putting out sets containing 20-80 discs of material — most of it unreleased. The price tags are usually pretty hefty, and the material is hit-and-miss, but these are goldmines for hardcore collectors. It is also probably a way for these acts to hold on to copyrights and so forth.

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It was announced Thursday that Pink Floyd, a band I was a manic collector of in high school (rare discs, bootlegs, ect.), will be releasing a trove of unreleased material from its pre-“Piper at the Gates of Dawn” recordings all the way up to “Meddle” (which, as a hardcore Floyd fan, I admit a lot of the stuff between “Piper” and “Meddle” can be hit-or-miss).  It will include the long bootlegged Syd Barrett tracks “Vegetable Man” and “Scream Thy Last Scream,” as well as a mind boggling amount of material I didn’t even know about or was just vaguely aware of.

The collection, “Pink Floyd The Early Years 1965-1972” will contain 27 discs — 10 CDs, 8 Blu-ray Discs, 9 DVDs, 5 seven-inch vinyl singles and more — that would make 17 year old me salivating like mad. Now, while I am very interested in this collection, the $699.98 price tag is way out of my budget. Also, I have no idea where I would find the time to listen to all this. As a teenager, I had nothing but time to waste on this band. Now, not so much. It looks very, very cool though. Maybe someday I will be able to afford this beast of a collection.

Here is the track listing:

Disc: 1
1. Lucy Leave
2. Double O Bo
3. Remember Me
4. Walk With Me Sydney
5. Butterfly
6. I’m A King Bee
7. Arnold Layne
8. See Emily Play
9. Apples And Oranges
10. Candy And A Currant Bun
11. Paintbox
12. Matilda Mother (2010 mix)
13. Jugband Blues (2010 mix)
14. In The Beechwoods (2010 mix)
15. Vegetable Man (2010 mix)
16. Scream Thy Last Scream (2010 mix)

Disc: 2
1. Introduction (Live, Stockholm, 1967)
2. Reaction in G (Live, Stockholm, 1967)
3. Matilda Mother (Live, Stockholm, 1967)
4. Pow R. Toc H. (Live, Stockholm, 1967)
5. Scream Thy Last Scream (Live, Stockholm, 1967)
6. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Stockholm, 1967)
7. See Emily Play (Live, Stockholm, 1967)
8. Interstellar Overdrive (Live, Stockholm, 1967)
9. John Latham Version 1
10. John Latham Version 2
11. John Latham Version 3
12. John Latham Version 4
13. John Latham Version 5
14. John Latham Version 6
15. John Latham Version 7
16. John Latham Version 8
17. John Latham Version 9

Disc: 3
1. DVD/Blu – ray: Chapter 24 (Syd Barrett, Live, Cambridgeshire, 1966) / (Live at EMI Studios, London, 1967)
2. DVD/Blu – ray: Recording Interstellar Overdrive and Nick’s Boogie (London, 1967)
3. DVD/Blu – ray: Interstellar Overdrive: Scene – Underground (London, 1967)
4. DVD/Blu – ray: Arnold Layne: promo video (Wittering Beach, 1967)
5. DVD/Blu – ray: Pow R. Toc H. / Astronomy Domine: plus Syd Barrett & Roger Waters interview: BBC The Look Of The Week (BBC Studios, London, 1967)
6. DVD/Blu – ray: The Scarecrow: Pathé Pictorial, UK, 1967
7. DVD/Blu – ray: Jugband Blues: London Line promo video (London, 1967)
8. DVD/Blu – ray: Apples & Oranges: plus Dick Clark interview (Live, Los Angeles, 1967)
9. DVD/Blu – ray: Instrumental Improvisation (BBC Tomorrow’s World, London, 1967)
10. DVD/Blu – ray: Instrumental Improvisation (Live, London, 1967)
11. DVD/Blu – ray: See Emily Play: BBC Top Of The Pops (Partially restored BBC Studios, London, 1967)
12. DVD/Blu – ray: The Scarecrow (outtakes): Pathé Pictorial, UK, 1967
13. DVD/Blu – ray: Interstellar Overdrive (Live, London, 1967)

Disc: 4
1. Point Me At The Sky
2. It Would Be So Nice
3. Julia Dream
4. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
5. Song 1 (Live, Los Angeles, 1968)
6. Roger’s Boogie (Live Los Angeles, 1968)
7. Murderotic Woman (Careful With That Axe, Eugene) (BBC Radio Session)
8. The Massed Gadgets Of Hercules (A Saucerful Of Secrets) (BBC Radio Session)
9. Let There Be More Light (BBC Radio Session)
10. Julia Dream (BBC Radio Session)
11. Point Me At The Sky (BBC Radio Session)
12. Embryo (BBC Radio Session)
13. Interstellar Overdrive (BBC Radio Session)

Disc: 5
1. DVD/Blu – ray: Astronomy Domine (Live, Brussels, 1968)
2. DVD/Blu – ray: The Scarecrow (Live, Brussels, 1968)
3. DVD/Blu – ray: Corporal Clegg (Live, Brussels, 1968)
4. DVD/Blu – ray: Paintbox (Live, Brussels, 1968)
5. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Brussels, 1968)
6. DVD/Blu – ray: See Emily Play (Live, Brussels, 1968)
7. DVD/Blu – ray: Bike (Live, Brussels, 1968)
8. DVD/Blu – ray: Apples And Oranges (Live, Brussels, 1968)
9. DVD/Blu – ray: Astronomy Domine (Live, Paris, 1968)
10. DVD/Blu – ray: Flaming (Live, Paris, 1968)
11. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Paris, 1968)
12. DVD/Blu – ray: Let There Be More Light (Live, Paris, 1968)
13. DVD/Blu – ray: Paintbox: Discorama (Live, Paris, 1968)
14. DVD/Blu – ray: Instrumental Improvisation: The Sound Of Change (Live, London, 1968)
15. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun: All My Loving (Live, London, 1968)
16. DVD/Blu – ray: It Would Be So Nice: Release
17. DVD/Blu – ray: Interstellar Overdrive: Pop 68 (Live, Rome, 1968)
18. DVD/Blu – ray: Astronomy Domine (Live, Kasterlee, 1968)
19. DVD/Blu – ray: Roger Waters interview
20. DVD/Blu – ray: Let There Be More Light (Live, Paris, 1968)
21. DVD/Blu – ray: Remember A Day (Live, Paris, 1968)
22. DVD/Blu – ray: Let There Be More Light: A L’Affiche du Monde (Live, London, 1968)
23. DVD/Blu – ray: Let There Be More Light (Live, Paris, 1968)
24. DVD/Blu – ray: Flaming (Live, Paris, 1968)
25. DVD/Blu – ray: Let There Be More Light: Surprise Partie (Live, Paris, 1968)
26. DVD/Blu – ray: Point Me At The Sky: Restored promo video, UK, 1968

Disc: 6
1. Hollywood (More non – album track)
2. Theme (Beat version) (Alternative version)
3. More Blues (Alternative version)
4. Seabirds (non – album track)
5. Embryo (from Picnic)
6. Grantchester Meadows (BBC Radio Session)
7. Cymbaline (BBC Radio Session)
8. The Narrow Way (BBC Radio Session)
9. Green Is The Colour (BBC Radio Session)
10. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (BBC Radio Session)
11. Interstellar Overdrive (Live, Amsterdam, 1969)
12. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Amsterdam, 1969)
13. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live, Amsterdam, 1969)
14. A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live, Amsterdam, 1969)

Disc: 7
1. Hollywood (More non – album track)
2. Theme (Beat version) (Alternative version)
3. More Blues (Alternative version)
4. Seabirds (non – album track)
5. Embryo (from Picnic)
6. Grantchester Meadows (BBC Radio Session)
7. Cymbaline (BBC Radio Session)
8. The Narrow Way (BBC Radio Session)
9. Green Is The Colour (BBC Radio Session)
10. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (BBC Radio Session)
11. Interstellar Overdrive (Live, Amsterdam, 1969)
12. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Amsterdam, 1969)
13. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live, Amsterdam, 1969)
14. A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live, Amsterdam, 1969)

Disc: 8
1. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun & David Gilmour interview (Live, Paris, 1969)
2. DVD/Blu – ray: A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live, Paris, 1969)
3. DVD/Blu – ray: The Man & The Journey London, rehearsal, 1969: Afternoon, The Beginning, Cymbaline, Beset By Creatures Of The Deep, The End Of The Beginning (A Saucerful Of Secrets)
4. DVD/Blu – ray: Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live, Essen, 1969)
5. DVD/Blu – ray: A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live, Essen, 1969)
6. DVD/Blu – ray: Green Is The Colour (Live, Belgium, 1969)
7. DVD/Blu – ray: Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live, Belgium, 1969)
8. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Belgium, 1969)
9. DVD/Blu – ray: Interstellar Overdrive with Frank Zappa

Disc: 9
1. Atom Heart Mother (Live, Montreux, 1970)
2. Embryo (BBC Radio Session)
3. Fat Old Sun (BBC Radio Session)
4. Green Is The Colour (BBC Radio Session)
5. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (BBC Radio Session)
6. If (BBC Radio Session)
7. Atom Heart Mother with choir, cello & brass ensemble (BBC Radio Session)

Disc: 10
1. On The Highway
2. Auto Scene Version 2
3. Auto Scene Version 3
4. Aeroplane
5. Explosion
6. The Riot Scene
7. Looking At Map
8. Love Scene Version 7
9. Love Scene Version 1
10. Take Off
11. Take Off Version 2
12. Love Scene Version 2
13. Love Scene (Take 1)
14. Unknown Song (Take 1)
15. Love Scene (Take 2)
16. Crumbling Land (Take 1)
17. Atom Heart Mother (Early studio version)

Disc: 11
1. DVD/Blu – ray: Atom Heart Mother (Live, San Francisco, 1970)
2. DVD/Blu – ray: Cymbaline (Live, San Francisco, 1970)
3. DVD/Blu – ray: Grantchester Meadows (Live, San Francisco, 1970)
4. DVD/Blu – ray: Green Is The Colour (Live, San Francisco, 1970)
5. DVD/Blu – ray: Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live, San Francisco, 1970)
6. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, San Francisco, 1970)
7. DVD/Blu – ray: Atom Heart Mother (Quad mix)
8. DVD/Blu – ray: If (Quad mix)
9. DVD/Blu – ray: Summer ’68 (Quad mix)
10. DVD/Blu – ray: Fat Old Sun (Quad mix)
11. DVD/Blu – ray: Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast (Quad mix)

Disc: 12
1. DVD: Cymbaline (Live sound check, St. Tropez, 1970)
2. DVD: Atom Heart Mother (Live, St. Tropez, 1970)
3. DVD: Embryo (Live, St. Tropez, 1970)
4. DVD: Green Is The Colour (Live, St. Tropez, 1970)
5. DVD: Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live, St. Tropez, 1970)
6. DVD: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, St. Tropez, 1970)
7. DVD: Instrumental Improvisations 1,2,3 (Live in studio, Paris, 1970)
8. DVD: Embryo (Live, Paris, 1970)
9. DVD: Atom Heart Mother with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/John Alldis Choir (Live, London, 1970)

Disc: 13
1. Nothing Part 14 (Echoes work in progress)
2. Fat Old Sun (BBC Radio Session)
3. One Of These Days (BBC Radio Session)
4. Embryo (BBC Radio Session)
5. Echoes (BBC Radio Session)

Disc: 14
1. DVD/Blu – ray: Interview + Atom Heart Mother (Live, Hamburg, 1971) Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell
2. DVD/Blu – ray: A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live, Offenbach, 1971)
3. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Control For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Asnierès
4. DVD/Blu – ray: Cymbaline (Live, Asnierès
5. DVD/Blu – ray: Atom Heart Mother (Live, Ossiach, 1971) Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell
6. DVD/Blu – ray: Careful With That Axe, Eugene, Band interview (Live, Sydney, 1971)
7. DVD/Blu – ray: Documentary including Pink Floyd & manager Steve O’Rourke (Live, London, 1971)
8. DVD/Blu – ray: Storm Thorgerson & Aubrey Po Powell, interviewed re: record cover design (Live, London, 1971)
9. DVD/Blu – ray: One of These Days (French Windows), Ian Emes animation created Birmingham 1972
10. DVD/Blu – ray: Atom Heart Mother (extract, in color) (Live, Ossiach, 1971) Brass & Choir conducted by Jeffrey Mitchell
11. DVD/Blu – ray: Atom Heart Mother (Live, Hakone, 1971)

Disc: 15
1. Obscured By Clouds (2016 remix)
2. When You’re In (2016 remix)
3. Burning Bridges (2016 remix)
4. The Gold It’s In The… (2016 remix)
5. Wot’s…Uh The Deal (2016 remix)
6. Mudmen (2016 remix)
7. Childhood’s End (2016 remix)
8. Free Four (2016 remix)
9. Stay (2016 remix)
10. Absolutely Curtains (2016 remix)

Disc: 16
1. DVD/Blu – ray: Wot’s…Uh The Deal: with recording session photos (Live, Château d’Hérouville, 1972)
2. DVD/Blu – ray: Pop Deux: Documentary recording Obscured By Clouds + David Gilmour and Roger Waters interview
3. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Brighton Dome, 1972)
4. DVD/Blu – ray: Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live, Brighton Dome, 1972)
5. DVD/Blu – ray: Actualités Méditerranée (Live, Marseille, 1972)
6. DVD/Blu – ray: JT Nuit – Les Pink Floyd (Live, Marseille, 1972)
7. DVD/Blu – ray: JT 20h
8. DVD/Blu – ray: Journal de Paris – Les Pink Floyd (Live, Paris, 1973)
9. DVD/Blu – ray: Pink Floyd Concert set up news report – France, 1972
10. DVD/Blu – ray: Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)
11. DVD/Blu – ray: A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)
12. DVD/Blu – ray: One Of These Days (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)
13. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)
14. DVD/Blu – ray: Echoes (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)

Disc: 17
1. DVD/Blu – ray: Pink Floyd Concert set up news report – France, 1972
2. DVD/Blu – ray: Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)
3. DVD/Blu – ray: A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)
4. DVD/Blu – ray: One Of These Days (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)
5. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)
6. DVD/Blu – ray: Echoes (Live, Pompeii, 2016 5.1 Audio Remix)

Disc: 18
1. DVD/Blu – ray: Arnold Layne (Alternative version) (Live, London, 1967)
2. DVD/Blu – ray: Corporal Clegg, Band interview, A Saucerful of Secrets (Live, Stuggart, 1969)
3. DVD/Blu – ray: Atom Heart Mother (Live, Shepton Mallet, 1970)
4. DVD/Blu – ray: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live, Rotterdam, 1970)
5. DVD/Blu – ray: Atom Heart Mother, Careful With That Axe, Eugene, A Saucerful Of Secrets (Live, Amsterdam, 1972)
6. DVD/Blu – ray: The Committee – (Feature Film) Score by Pink Floyd

Disc: 19
1. DVD/Blu – ray: More feature film
2. DVD/Blu – ray: La Vallée (Obscured By Clouds) feature film

Disc: 20
1. 7 inch Single: Arnold Layne/Candy And A Currant Bun

Disc: 21
1. 7 inch Single: Arnold Layne/Candy And A Currant Bun

Disc: 22
1. 7 inch Single: Apples And Oranges/Paintbox

Disc: 23
1. 7 inch Single: It Would Be So Nice/Julia Dream

Disc: 24
1. 7 inch Single: Point Me At The Sky/Careful With That Axe, Eugene

It is a lot of material to sift through. I have heard some of this stuff before, but it is the studio outtakes that has my interest.

If you do not have the time to wade through this sea of prog rock material, there will be a two disc collection of highlights. Though, for some reason, it doesn’t include the two Barrett tracks that a lot of fans want their hands on.

Disc: 1
1. Arnold Layne
2. See Emily Play
3. Matilda Mother
4. Jugband Blues
5. Paintbox
6. Flaming
7. In The Beechwoods
8. Point Me At The Sky
9. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
10. Embryo
11. Ummagumma Radio Ad
12. Grantchester Meadows
13. Cymbaline
14. Interstellar Overdrive
15. Green Is The Colour
16. Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Disc: 2
1. On The Highway
2. Auto Scene Version 2
3. The Riot Scene
4. Looking At Map
5. Take Off
6. Embryo (alternative version)
7. Atom Heart Mother
8. Nothing Part 14
9. Childhood’s End
10. Free Four
11. Stay

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