February 29, 2012 – 4:22 am

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London 1974 [no label, 1CD]

BBC In Concert, live at the Golders Green Hippodrome, London; November 2, 1974. Ripped from BBC transcription disc. Very good audio.

The release of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon 2011 Remasters also brought singer-songwriter Lesley Duncan back into the spotlight. Duncan, who passed away in 2010, was a backing vocalist on the album and probably more prominently heard on Great Gig In The Sky. She also sang on Alan Parsons Project’s If I Could Change Your Mind, from the Eve album. And Elton John fans would remember her for her duet on Love Song on Tumbleweed Connection.

Duncan was 65 when she died and had been battling cerebrovascular disease for five years.

Many thanks to MimiAuch who transferred the tracks, provided the artwork, and shared them on Dime.

MimiAuch noted:

This comes from a BBC transcription record I won in an e-bay auction, quite expensive… I thought this had be shared freely, as her work is shamefully not available… Did my best to remove clicks and scratches - oh God - the vinyl has been sleeping 37 years in dust it seems…

BBC transcription disc > Wav > Sound Forge 7.0 > Flac

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro 0:24 (663k)
Track 02. My Soul 3:39 (5.8MB)
Track 03. Intro to Sam 0:15 (426k)
Track 04. Sam 3:27 (5.5MB)
Track 05. Intro to Love Song 0:15 (412k)
Track 06. Love Song 4:23 (7.0MB)
Track 07. Band Intro and New Album 0:43 (1.1MB)
Track 08. The Serf 4:14 (6.7MB)
Track 09. Earth Mother 5:32 (8.8MB)
Track 10. Sing Children Sing 4:28 (7.1MB)
27 mins

Lesley Duncan - vocals
Jimmy Horowitz - piano
John Mealing - organ and electric piano
Jim Ryan - electric and acoustic guitar
Andrew Bown - acoustic guitar
Pete Dennis - bass
Glen LeFleur - drums

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  1. 20 Responses to “LESLEY DUNCAN - LONDON 1974”

  2. i guess id be interested in this if i knew who she was. ill stick with knowing that clare torry did those vocals since i am absolutely 100% without any doubt whatsoever that it was her and not this lesley duncan whom i have noth heard of. while i am sure lesley is a wonderful singer not to take anything from her..she most certainly is not the singer we hear on great gig. if anyone wishes to read up on the song —

    By darth on Feb 29, 2012

  3. Hello Darth

    Thanks for your note. Guess this review at pinkfloyd.net got it wrong: “…As this song winds down, it’s time to cool out with The great gig in the sky, with vocal expressions by Leslie Duncan.”

    By bigozine2 on Feb 29, 2012

  4. Worth a listen. Some of my favorite music comes from artists no one else has ever heard of. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Feb 29, 2012

  5. Terrific find. I still have a crackly 7″ of ‘Love Song’, later covered by Elton John. One of those Singer Songwriters at the BBC shows last year had some footage of Duncan, the only stuff I’ve ever seen. Great, under appreciated singer. She definitely is on Dark Side, but the main vocal on GGITS is by Clare Torry, who I heard interviewed about it when the immersion edition came out. She went to a shop on the day of release to find out if her vocal had made it onto the album!

    By David B on Feb 29, 2012

  6. now now, chaps… settle!

    Most authoritative sources say Torry did the vocals on Big Gig… why else would she have sued for co-authorship status (and won!)

    but Lesley Duncan was one of a handful of singers who contributed “backing vocals” for Dark Side.

    pinkfloyd.net is a fansite. sadly, they are rarely worth relying on as authoritative sources.

    By tony on Feb 29, 2012

  7. Kudos to darth for his Pink Floyd knowledge. Clare Torry even received songwriting credits (although several decades later, after suing) for her enormous and defining contribution. That said, Leslie Duncan’s contribution on Love Song (Tumbleweed Connection) is beautiful.

    By rick on Feb 29, 2012

  8. Don’t Doubt the Darth!

    By 3yrsnojob on Feb 29, 2012

  9. > Some of my favorite music comes from artists
    > no one else has ever heard of. Thanks, bigO!

    can i second that? and, thanks, bigO!


    By I-) on Mar 1, 2012

  10. I remember Ms. Duncan best from her Wheat Thins Commercials watching for the drift in her glass eye.

    By sking on Mar 1, 2012

  11. Sking: Har har. :)

    By DanC on Mar 1, 2012

  12. congrats to sking on his being quoted in this weeks mailing. u go sking! i rarely see that among us commenters. u kick it up a notch.
    even if u confuse lesley and sandy.

    By darth on Mar 1, 2012

  13. @sking, that was Sandy Duncan who did the Wheat Thins commercials long ago, not Leslie.

    By Weit Rhino on Mar 1, 2012

  14. am i the only one who thinks this performance sounds like a pre-pink floyd or an acoustic pink floyd? the excess bass and backing instruments in the mix, her vocals way down in the mix, at times i swear that the guys at pf heard this and stole it all.


    By I-) on Mar 1, 2012

  15. Thanks Darth for the kudos. I read your remark before I read the newsletter. As to the rest of you- I know Lesley is not Sandy. Was just trying to stir the pot. I’m currently working out some computer problems so haven’t been here regularly. Just time enough for a sneak attack.

    Thanks BigO for some great posts. I have some catching up to do.

    By sking on Mar 3, 2012

  16. Thanks, a friend of my is a fan and will enjoy this, not much Lesley material out there. It is indeed Clare Torry who provided the vocal on GGITS, and she also sang the vocal on the Butterflies theme tune, the 70’s Carla Lane comedy.

    By Don't Quote Me. on Mar 3, 2012

  17. For those who like a female vocalism, try this link on youtube. Taken from the Beaver and Kraus album Gandarva. Laid down in one go by Clydie King. it also has an entire LP side cut live at San Francisco’s magnificent Grace Cathedral coll jazz with a sound delay that would make the angels weep. RIP Paul Beaver 1975.


    By Creatist on Mar 3, 2012

  18. Thank you, I love Lesley Duncan

    By Flavio on May 23, 2015

  19. Her “Love Song” song was covered in 1969 by David Bowie on a demo tape bowie made for Mercury Records’ CEO. Available on bootlegs like “The Beckenham Oddity” and “Lover To THe Dawn”.

    By ZiggyStarman on Feb 23, 2017

  20. Please re-share these files

    By Psyclist on Feb 2, 2021

  21. Psyclist, you’ve got two hopes - Bob and NO!!

    By HHH on Feb 2, 2021

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