March 10, 2013 – 4:43 am

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Manchester 1974 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, UK; December 9, 1974. Good to very good audience recording.

Thanks to the person who shared this show on the net in 2005.

Uploader’s notes:

It’s a very clear and well-balanced audience recording from a low-gen source, and complete. I divided this roughly in half, since it does fit on two discs, but it could be seamlessly fused back together at the break between the ‘Breathe’ reprise and ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’ with a sound editing program for those who would rather have the ‘DSOM’ set on a single CD and ‘Echoes’ on a third disc. I don’t know how this compares to any of the bootleg titles that may be out there, but I do know there’s at least one other source that’s inferior sound-wise and less complete.

Curious to know if Sigma’s Pink Floyd - Creative Intelligence (three-CD set) was sourced from this set or is it the other way round?

This is Plomerus’ review of Creative Intelligence (Sigma 19) at in 2008:

Sourced from a low generation audience recording, the sound is very clear and extremely well-balanced, with every instrument, vocal, and sound effect perfectly audible, despite evidence the taper was slight distance from the stage. Musically, the set is complete and includes all the tune-ups, introductions, and hell, we’re even given an entire track of the audience prior to “Echoes!” [Ed: The “audience” track on Creative Intelligence is here as part of Eclipse.]

There are brief cuts after “Raving And Drooling” and “You’ve Got To Be Crazy” but only a couple seconds of tuning are omitted in either case. The audience is attentive and appreciative throughout, with only an occasional side conversation audible during some of the softer bits – there is a good amount of distinctly British banter during the tune-ups but nothing too distracting during the actual performances…

The entire performance of “Dark Side Of The Moon” can be considered a highlight of this show with several passages of particular note: all of the tapes/effects are extremely vivid, “On The Run” is invigorating having been performed at a brisk tempo, Gilmour’s vocals on “Time” are outstanding as are those of The Blackberries on “Great Gig In The Sky” (which has an unique uptempo twist before settling back to the original feel), “Us And Them” is gorgeous and the extended solo sections of both “Money” and “Any Colour You Like” would make Clapton envious!  Really, this stands as one of the better performances of the complete suite captured on tape.

Click here for the full write-up.

Over at Dime, floydart added some comments to the “original” notes: “Great sound, an upgrade over ‘Manchester Day’. This comes from 1st gen cassette and I’d almost to give it an EX+ cos it sounds really nice. Performance is good too, a nice Dark Side of the Moon which is a strange thing on the 74-75 tours.”

floydart also noted the following:
Interesting man/woman dialogue between Money and Us and Them, not on album.
Nice extended improv section of Any Colour.
During SOYCD Roger omits the last line of the second verse.
Rowdy Manchester crowd.

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  1. 21 Responses to “PINK FLOYD - MANCHESTER 1974”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Mar 10, 2013

  3. Gotta check if I already have this one but thanks nonetheless. Any Floyd is always welcomed!

    By Tom on Mar 10, 2013

  4. Thanks a lot for this - one that I did not have, and in a more than decent quality given its origin. Only wish it could have been had in FLAC instead, but 192 kpbs is much better than not having it :-)

    By Henning2804 on Mar 10, 2013

  5. Thank you for this - a delight indeed!

    By Rick on Mar 10, 2013

  6. It`s kind of strange,I have a few of live shows from the 74 tour and this is one of the best recordings I`ve heard yet.Having said that,it`s also true that each gig is stand alone great so it would seem that the best quality recording will not always be the best show but they are all so unique it really doesn`t matter.Another great show…thx BigO !!!

    By Couz on Mar 11, 2013

  7. i didnt figure out timings but if one wanted to save a cd and still put entire show on 2 cds.. its easy enough to put echoes on cd1 after the first 3 tracks. thats if one wanted to keep the entire dark side suite all together. thats how i do it anyway. very few of the shows that used to surface from the 72-75 era had the encore present. when they did or even when they didnt if they were put on cd or cassette tape (if in the 70s or 80s or even 90s) the dark side section was kept all together. that seemed to be important to most fans. i tend to agree with them. but we also tried to save money and space. so squeezing the encore elsewhere to do that wasnt a difficult decision.

    By darth on Mar 11, 2013

  8. hey bigo, thanks! i think, i got every pink floyd show you offered, except for a couple wall shows. i got two, though. i never was able to find the complete b’ham, al 5.1.94 show i was at so i got rose bowl, pasadena, ca 4.16.94 instead. it’s good.

    i counted my boc shows today, and i have 65. i can use this one. however, the link is dead. can you offer this?


    By Ed Saad on Mar 11, 2013

  9. Hey…I was there…bought a ticket outside on a wet and rainy night; my mates had got tickets after standing all night in the snow a month or so earlier…it was a great place to see Pink Floyd; a small old venue. Thanks for the post.

    By Hairypotter on Mar 11, 2013

  10. Thank you for another fantastic show Big O Amigos. Checking out a brewery anniversary Saturday night and this will be just the ticket for the drive home.
    Be well and thanks again,

    By James on Mar 11, 2013

  11. I have a recording of this tour with an identical set list entitled “Cruel But Fair” which was recorded at the L.A. Sports Arena on 4/26/75. This one has amazing sound, listed as a soundboard but it clearly is an audience recording. Worth the search for fans.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 12, 2013

  12. Hairypotter (great name, buddy) - I was too young to go to this show, but my brother went. i am glad someone recorded it, and in such good quality, too, that he can relive it and I can experience it second-hand through this recording.

    Thanks BigO for posting this… great set :)

    By DarkSideOfTheButt on Mar 13, 2013


    it says 8pm est here.. it means 701pm.
    england changes their clocks 3 weeks after we here in the usa do. i think in fact they will do it saturday nite but that will put them back to 5 hours ahead of the eastern coast of the usa. right now theyre only 4 hours ahead.

    u can go to the floyd site now and find about 39 dark side images that u can click on and enlarge to viewable jpg’s that are quite beautiful. they are of course saveable. then there are 2 links on bottom that will lead u to the next page. one will offer u an option to sign up for the newsletter of sorts. on that page is also an option to go to their facebook page where there is much to read and look thru on that site. highly enjoyable and entertaining if u havent been there before.

    anyway.. read up on this event at the link above. and if u wish another article on this subject and perhaps cant access the rolling stone one.. try this one -

    By darth on Mar 23, 2013

  14. turns out europe (incl england) will change their clocks on the 31st. not this weekend. so theyre still only 4 hours ahead of the eastern coast of the usa for another week.

    another item some of u may or may not know about. supertramp did an album in 85 without roger hodgson called brother where you bound. theres only 6 songs on the album and the title track is 16mins long and has gilmour all over it. its incredible for fans of his guitar work. if thats not enough scott page who played sax on the 87-89 shows for floyd plays flute on the supertramp album. interestingly i got to know scott in those years and in 89 when he was going into the universal amphitheatre we were talking about how he came to join floyd. he mentioned how he had never heard the dark side album in his life. well it was only 16 years old by then i suppose but i found that incredible. the band had to give him a copy of the album for him to learn it. he promised me a poster of the famous venice show from 89. im not normally a huge fan of that era floyd but that show was killer.. even tho it was only 90mins. one of my faves of the period. think they did 152 shows in 87-88. i saw 12 of em and an unexpected jam they did at a small club in the east village in nyc. they let the back up singers rachel fury and margret taylor sing rnb songs and david and nick and scott page and guy pratt tim renwick jammed behind them on one nite after one of the 3 meadowlands gigs. they did 3 nites at the garden too. they did an hour long set but a friend of mine who recorded the set only let out 40mins of it and that was made into a boot lp. if anyone is into really odd weird collectibles and wants to hear that item i highly recommend it.. its called the world club ny 87. i think the date was around 10-11-87. its only like 6 songs. songs like kansas city respect i heard it thru the grapevine born under a bad sign living in the city and one other i guess. hard to believe i remember that much.
    ok just sharing info. dont forget tonite at 701pm eastern time. theres a poster u can dl on the main page. 3 sizes. lots of goodies on that site. be there or be square.

    By darth on Mar 23, 2013

  15. ..i got to know scott in those years…

    keep telling your shrink about these friends darth it`ll help your recovery.

    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 23, 2013

  16. dont forget tonite at 701pm eastern time.. be there or be square.


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 23, 2013

  17. We sure do, I’ll be with the hot barmaid again! Have fun watching TV, darth!

    By Dingus on Mar 23, 2013

  18. sarge don’t forget darth is the guy who made four comments here on valentines day night.

    somehow i get the feeling that most ‘dark side of the moon’ memories involve being stoned…

    By barth on Mar 23, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Mar 24, 2013

  20. next to rush and yes this band is the biggest bore ever. yawn.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 26, 2013

  21. ok just sharing info. dont forget tonite at 701pm eastern time

    can you imagine a night with this guy.
    6:00 pm oops supper has to wait dear I have to tape the archies reunion tour…6:30 sorry you can`t watch the news I`m taping the best of dallas all 83 episodes .
    7:10 …stay away from the radio theres a concert tonite from poland I`m going to tape
    8:15 you might as well go home I forgot I have to stay up and change vhs tapes at 30 minute intervals because i`m taping at a super fast speed . I can`t see you tomorrow either because I`m making labels for all my eric clapton shows that have cocaine in the setlist.

    By bootleg princess on Mar 26, 2013

  22. lmfao!!

    By barth on Mar 26, 2013

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