April 22, 2009 – 4:15 am

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The Man [LP version]

Live at the Concertgebow, Amsterdam, Netherlands. September 17, 1969. Good to very good radio broadcast.

This show has been shared among Pink Floyd fans in various versions. There is a very nice sounding two-CD set on Man of Leisure Music (MOLM) but the seeder did not allow the set to be shared in a lossy format.

Thanks then to reader Bigdoins who is sharing his LP version of the show.

This is what he said:

I am an old Sod. This recording proves it. It is the result of my conversion of the LP Pink Floyd - The Man.

I bought the LP in the early or middle 1980s for US$20. At the time, it was the most I had ever paid for a single LP album (bootleg or official).

I didn’t know anything about The Man when I purchased the album. It was confusing, Syd is in the cover photo, but the paragraph on the back lists the date as September 17, 1969 - Syd was gone by then (wasn’t he?). I recognized some of the titles and was quite interested in hearing live versions. Listening to the LP, I wondered how the recording of the broadcast came to be. I pictured some stoned Dane with a reel to reel recorder connected to a radio.

For me, the recording had an other worldly feel mixed with a lot of pot smoke. Late night listens were spiritually satisfying and peaceful. A smokey environment fit the bill, be it tobacco or otherwise.

Nobody I knew had ever heard it before, it was like a gift from the cosmos. That was until the early 1990s. I met a dial-up file-sharing fanatic who had the complete show with clear sound. It fitted a 74-minute CD and was the first burned disc in my collection. Hearing the complete clean version didn’t stop me from listening to the old LP. It still has plenty of atmosphere, though I now know it wasn’t due to anything Pink Floyd had a hand in doing.

The LP was converted without any mixing or enhancements. My vinyl still is in pristine shape, thus any imperfections you hear are from the recording itself.

I present this relic (no pun intended) for your review. Find a dimly lit room and add some smoke (tobacco or otherwise) and listen. I can only hope someone out there will find a similar result that I have enjoyed for over 20 years.

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UPDATED: October 9, 2015

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

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  1. 11 Responses to “PINK FLOYD - THE MAN”

  2. Nostalgic!

    By Rochacrimson on Apr 22, 2009

  3. Big O does it again! Great early Floyd. Keep the Floyd coming too PLEASE!!!!

    By Jason on Apr 22, 2009

  4. I must concur! There are PF sites that don’t get stuff this good!

    By Hulkzilla on Apr 22, 2009

  5. Thank you very very much Big O pros! And also thank you OS. I Echo what the “old sod” said about how to enjoy it. I prefer country sunsets over dimly lit rooms, but the end is probably the same. Please keep them coming.

    By James on Apr 22, 2009

  6. This is a treat. Very austere sounding. The mixdown might be a letdown. But it’d certainly be nice to hear the difference.

    By Greg SC on Apr 23, 2009

  7. when i found this and the site too i nearly pissed myself and i havnt even listened to it yet… wonderful ..thanks to all

    By CRABBSTAR on Apr 23, 2009

  8. Many thanks to Bigdoins for the share

    By Peter Kearney on Apr 24, 2009

  9. I have the Great Dane cd version with 14 tracks.
    Original titles as follows…
    1 Daybreak, 2 Work/Afternoon, 3 Doing It, 4 Sleep (intro), 5 Sleep, 6 Nightmare, 7 Daybreak (part 2), 8 The Beginning, 9 Beset by creatures of the deep, 10 The Narrow Way, 11 The Pink Jungle, 12 The Labrynths of Auxemines, 13 Behold the temple of light, 14 The End of the Beginning.

    Big O I love you !!

    By mad mike on Apr 25, 2009

  10. I must have a couple versions of this already but I love the old vinyl boot stuff. Thanks for sharing. More old vinyl cd transfers please

    By Matt on Apr 28, 2009

  11. Really appreciating all this Floyd. The more Floyd the better as far as I’m concerned! Thanks again.

    By Brautigan on Apr 29, 2009

  12. “I pictured some stoned Dane with a reel to reel recorder connected to a radio.”

    Hey, don’t knock it. I put together one of the best bootleg collections of that time by doing just that.

    More Floyd!

    By O.B. Dan on Apr 30, 2009

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