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The Dark Side Of The Ice [Highland Master Series HL679, 1CD]
Live at the Nakanoshima Sports Center, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan; March 13, 1972. Very good to excellent audience recording.
Here’s a show that might have been overlooked. Thanks to the person who shared it on the net in 2006, and who added the following note: “An excellent recording and performance. Early Dark Side with guitar jam version of On The Run, TGGITS has the preacher tape and a blood-curdling Careful With That Axe, Eugene.”
This is what gsparaco of collectorsmusicreviews.com wrote:
Dark Side Of The Ice is Highland’s version of the excellent stereo audience recording of Pink Floyd’s final show in Japan in the spring of 1972. Previously a low generation cassette was available circulating under the names Cold Front and Dark Side Of The Rising Sun, but Highland use the DAT clone of the master reel to reel that was produced 15 years ago and only recently began circulating.
All of the music is loud and clear and the tape picks up all of the subtlety of the performance giving a lot of depth. The only negative is the tape is missing ”Echoes” and cut in “Brain Damage” omitting the second verse. The inferior sounding second tape does have the missing portions and Highland could have improved this release by fixing the holes.
It’s a shame particularly because this is the best show from their first visit to Japan. There are no instrumental breakdowns and the audience is very respectful. Pink Floyd deliver one of the best early versions of their Dark Side Of The Moon suite.
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Track 01. Speak To Me 1:29 (2.0MB)
Track 02. Breathe 2:56 (4.0MB)
Track 03. On The Run 6:12 (8.5MB)
Track 04. Time 7:22 (10.1MB)
Track 05. The Great Gig In The Sky 4:23 (6.0MB)
Track 06. Money 7:31 (10.3MB)
Track 07. Us And Them 7:20 (10.0MB)
Track 08. Any Colour You Like 4:37 (6.3MB)
Track 09. Brain Damage 2:35 (3.5MB)
Track 10. Eclipse 2:22 (3.2MB)
Track 11. One Of These Days 12:14 (16.8MB)
Track 12. Careful With That Axe, Eugene 12:20 (16.9MB)
David Gilmour - guitars, vocals
Nick Mason - percussion, vocals
Roger Waters - bass, vocals
Richard Wright - keyboards, vocals
In 2011, Dark Side Of The Moon was re-released as part of the Why Pink Floyd…? series, with lots of extras. Buy the Immersion boxset here.
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