October 12, 2011 – 4:13 pm

To tie us Pink Floyd fans waiting patiently for the Heywood/Wromanus version*, here’s the bootleg of the Complete Rainbow Tapes.


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The Complete Rainbow Tapes [GR BOX 02, 8CDs]

Live at the Rainbow Theater, Finsbury Park, London, England, February 17-20, 1972. Very good audience recordings given the Godfather volume “boost”.

Editor’s note: These concerts happened almost a year before Dark Side Of The Moon was released in March 1973. But 1972 was the year the album was fully conceived.

Pink Floyd by the beginning of 1972 were growing tired of their stage show. In interviews leading up to the Rainbow gigs the members of the band were quoted in the press saying only “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” and “A Saucerful Of Secrets” provided any sort of challenge to them anymore. The rigidity of epic pieces such as “Atom Heart Mother,” coupled with their desire to outgrow the cliched appellation of “space rock,” lead them to compose their masterpiece, Dark Side Of The Moon.

Several times before they wanted to write an extended piece of rock theater emulating the commedia dell’arte (The Man And The Journey and Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast come to mind). Neither of the two resonated either with the audience or their own talents. But “Eclipse,” the early name for Dark Side Of The Moon, did with its explorations of human madness and vanity.

This presented almost 45 minutes of new music and, at this point, allowed them to improvise to a degree. The band began touring for the new piece on January 20 in Brighton, a full month before the important London shows at the Rainbow. Press reports from the Brighton show were not very promising since they had a serious breakdown in equipment. Melody Maker described the new piece as “not impressive” and “lacking framework and conception.” (But the report singled out drummer Nick Mason for praise).

The month-long preparation tightened up the piece and the four sold-out concerts at the Rainbow were a major success. Melody Maker called the show “Pink Floyd’s Star Trek,” singling out the light show and special effects. New Musical Express likewise mentioned the special effects and called it a “magnificent production.”

And the Sunday Times, in an almost complete reversal of Melody Maker’s assessment of the Brighton show, pointed out that Pink Floyd “have structure to their music, beauty of form” and that their new music has “an uncanny feeling for melancholy for our times.”

All four shows were recorded from the audience in varying degrees of sound quality and completeness, but only the fourth show has received much attention. Given the superlative sound quality (and its alleged BBC source), there were many vinyl and silver disc editions.

The Complete Rainbow Tapes is the first time Godfather have ventured into the risky work of boxsets. They are all around expensive, and oftentimes if an inferior tape is used for even one show then the whole set diminishes in worth to the collector. Furthermore, many boxsets fail because they collect common material and expect collectors to shell out the money for what they should already have.

Godfather avoid both of these mistakes. The source tapes in this set are all as good as possible, and most of these shows are extremely rare to find. Godfather presents the first and definitive versions of these shows in a gorgeous set. This is one of the best Pink Floyd releases to surface in quite a long time and may go down as one of the best Pink Floyd releases to ever be produced. - gsparaco at collectorsmusicreviews.

A full review of this March 2011 release is here.

Read the BigO review of the Rainbow shows here.

*Heywood/Wromanus are a pair of faithful fans who share their restoration of Pink Floyd tapes at the yeeshkul fan site. They come with the highest recommendation.

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Day 1 (GR BOX 08 A/B)
Rainbow Theater, Finsbury Park, London, England - February 17, 1972

Disc 1 (46:52m)
Track 101. Speak To Me (1.5MB)
Track 102. Breathe (3.8MB)
Track 103. On The Run (9.2MB)
Track 104. Time (7.6MB)
Track 105. Breathe (reprise) (1.4MB)
Track 106. The Great Gig In The Sky (5.8MB)
Track 107. Money (10.8MB)
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Track 108. Us And Them (9.6MB)
Track 109. Any Colour You Like (4.7MB)
Track 110. Brain Damage (4.4MB)
Track 111. Eclipse (5.2MB)

Disc 2 (71:48m)
Track 201. tuning and soundcheck (3.6MB)
Track 202. One Of These Days (11.5MB)
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Track 203. tuning and soundcheck (1.2MB)
Track 204. Careful With That Axe Eugene (20.9MB)
Track 205. tuning and soundcheck (3.0MB)
Track 206. Echoes (37.8MB)
Track 207. tuning and soundcehck (2.1MB)
Track 208. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (20.2MB)
David Gilmour - vocals, lead guitar, special effects
Nick Mason - drums, percussion
Roger Waters - vocals, bass, guitars, percussion, programming
Richard Wright - keyboards, vocals, organ, piano, synthesisers, Mellotron

This set will be shared in four parts. Look for the other three parts in the coming days.

BigO has previously shared Day 4 (Feb 20, 1972) here.

Dark Side Of The Moon turns 40 next year. To commemorate the event, EMI started the Why Pink Floyd? series which included a six-disc Dark Side “Immersion” boxset with a new remaster of the famed album plus, for the first time the original, unreleased Quad mix plus the SACD surround mix. And a Blu-Ray to boot. Rich and happy fans can buy a set here.

  1. 12 Responses to “SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! will get. the day 4 show is one of the few i never downloaded. i heard a couple tracks, and it is rough. i got one wall show from earls court but no others except the waters ones and the empire pool show that is the dark side set. i had it already then you offered the complete show, and i got it instead. that’s it. i have the other pink floyd shows. my favorites are still montreux, switzerland and hamburg, germany.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 12, 2011

  3. hey bigo, i went back and listened to day 4. well it doesn’t sound too bad. it is mostly the rips. listen to breathe and just skip around various tracks. if you ever offer the complete show of it, i will get that version.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 12, 2011

  4. hi from Canada,

    i had only the 1st cd for so many years, thanks for the cd 2 ( for october 14th ) !

    By richard on Oct 12, 2011

  5. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Big O Amigos. Will you be posting the Show that has “A saucerful of secrets? This download will really make the weekend. Be well and thanks again, James

    By James on Oct 13, 2011

  6. Hi Big O. Thanks for the Pink Floyd tracks!

    By Slot Sleet on Oct 13, 2011

  7. BigO rocks again!

    By TDC on Oct 13, 2011

  8. hey bigo, got both discs. thanks! i’ll play walking shortly. i missed your note about you offering the next 3 nights. will get. i thought about it, and i am not going to call mine the complete rainbow tapes and do it as 8 cd’s. i’ll just know it’s the complete rainbow tapes. i am doing mine as 4 seperate shows and two discs each. i’m calling mine rainbow theatre, finsbury park, london, england 2.17.72. that way i can do a search for the date, if i want to hear a certain night. with my luck itunes is going to put in one folder anyway like it did on pink floyd-empire pool. it is a pain and weird cause i have multiple patti smith bowery shows, and it didn’t do it on them. if you do it as 8 cd’s, you will have over a hundred songs pop up on the screen, and that would be a pain keeping up with. trust me. 4 cd’s on wilco-riviera theatre, clapton and beck-the 02 arena night second night and miles-complete stockholm 1960 was a pain. a note for those that use itunes, i am posting this.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 13, 2011

  9. hey bigo, this show is killer! i’m on set the controls for the heart of the sun. thanks for posting this!

    correction. assuming that each night is about 19 songs, then you’ll have closer to 80 songs on the screen not 100. sorry.

    i will go back and put the complete rainbow tapes, since that is what this collection is called.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 13, 2011

  10. i know u previously did day 4 as u offer the link here above but will u be giving day 4 again with the same treatment by godfather as u are here with day 1? ie-as complete as u are with day 1. the one u have offered previously of course isnt complete and isnt as spectacular as one would hope. as u mention by day 4 they had perfected the problems inherent with the equipment etc. that 4th days performance with the entire show and without cut off songs etc. would be the real find. im hoping that we will get to hear that one here. please.

    and if i can make a request–im looking for any tangerine dream from the last 2 years. full shows please. but not manchester 5-28-11. there is a one off zurich show coming this may. a europe tour may be in the works but this is speculation. there was a show last november in england i think in london on the 2nd. i am unable to find this. its inconceivable that it wasnt recorded. i have over 400 shows of theirs what with the trees and leaves etc but with the end of these nothing has surfaced in recent years. that is other than this one show i do have from manchester that a friend of mine recorded for me.
    on another note.. im also seeking any full shows of hallogallo 2010 other than the one hour fm brdcst from lincoln center ny. there has to be another show that someone recorded out there. please someone help me on this. id like to find some neu! or other similar krautrock type performances. to contact me directly i am…
    ps–i dont do torrents anymore.

    By darth on Oct 16, 2011

  11. Looks like i’m in for some more great Floyd shows. Thanks for sharing.

    By Matt on Dec 10, 2011

  12. It appears the files are no longer available at 4shared or Megaupload? Any way to get them back?

    By Warfish on Aug 21, 2013

  13. Please can you Repost ALL the Rainbow theatre tapes BigO without the 4 shared links…which are dead ! Thanks Sarah

    By Sarah Novak on Apr 12, 2015

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