April 28, 2009 – 4:11 am

Here are the young men with their prog rock masterpiece, Dark Side Of The Moon, played live for the first time.

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Here They Come [Little Pieces Production, 2CD]

Live at Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK, January 20, 1972. Excellent stereo audience recording.

This is the first time Pink Floyd attempted a public performance of Dark Side Of The Moon, months before recording started in May in the studio. They played as much of the new album as they could, stopping after Money.

Roger Waters announces “severe mechanical and electrical horrors” and that they can’t do more “of that”. Apparently the tapes and sound effects had come unstuck and the band are forced to return to their previous repertoire for the rest of the show.

What was played are tentative versions of Speak To Me, Breathe and Time. Money is just an instrumental with a strong melody and no lyrics. Travel Sequence is an early version of On The Run. While Mortality Sequence, a jumble of keyboard riffs and spoken word, would evolve to The Great Gig In The Sky. Neither Us And Them nor Brain Damage made it to the starting line tonight.

When they revert to their older songs, it sticks out how bluesy pre-Dark Side material is. Whereas the themes of Dark Side are of how life in a modern, urban society tends to grind down your mental health to put you on the edge of insanity. Hence the tape loops of incessant chatter. Pink Floyd had finally moved from Syd Barrett’s pixieish fantasy to social commentary. In a sense, this was modern blues with the help of electronica.

Dark Side Of The Moon was finally completed and released in March 1973. We are grateful some lone taper was stalking the Floyd on January 20, 1972. This show came to us via the losslesslegs website. Many thanks.
- The Little Chicken

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Dark Side Of The Moon will forever be linked to Pink Floyd. If you haven’t heard it yet, you ought to. Buy it here.

  1. 15 Responses to “FIRST TIME LIVE”

  2. Great post!
    Nice to hear the embryonic sounds from “The Dark Side of the Moon” in Eclipse phase in 1972.

    By Rochacrimson on Apr 28, 2009

  3. Most excellent!! Thank you Thank you Thank you

    By Hulkzilla on Apr 28, 2009

  4. Very good audience recording, the show is very interesting indeed.
    Enjoy it!

    By Alex Corvini on Apr 28, 2009

  5. fantastic!!!! thxs

    By Fonfon on Apr 29, 2009

  6. Thanks, another nice Prog share,
    Glad to be one of the few to appreciate the effort you make.

    By Mal on Apr 29, 2009

  7. Thank you very much indeed. This version of Saucer Full of Secrets is one of the best. Nick Manson truly wails on those drums. And Richard Wright on the organs; yes, you can see the omnis coming over the hills in Thompson.
    Thanks again,

    By James on Apr 30, 2009

  8. Interesting versions of DSOTM. In a lot of ways it’s good they had a chance to “flesh” out these on the road before settling on the final product (which proved to be brilliant).

    By Tom on Apr 30, 2009

  9. Gracias muy bueno…. aunque ya lo tenĂ­a.

    Quisiera mas musica de DEEP PURPLE

    By Jimmy on May 1, 2009

  10. This is brilliant. Many thanks. Precedes my earliest versions of TDSOTM live by a few months. And another great version of Echoes.

    By Kevin on May 2, 2009

  11. Fabulous document of PF at a critical point of their development. Great version of Atom Heart Mother - I hadn’t heard it without the choir and orchestra before. Superb guitar tones from Gilmour. Cheers - and keep them coming !

    By Gary on May 3, 2009

  12. Been wanting this one for some time. Thanks for sharing.

    By Matt on May 5, 2009

  13. Brilliant and Thank you for Pink Floyd

    By Tudor on May 13, 2009

  14. Thank you for the post but may I request an upload of :

    103. Travel Sequence - Omitted*
    106. Mortality Sequence - Omitted*

    These recordings are not included on the Immersion edition of TDSOTM. The live Immersion recordings date from the same venue, later in the year on June 28 and 29. Pink Floyd have yet to release anything from this debut gig in January.

    Please and thank you! :)

    By JR on Jul 13, 2012

  15. Hello JR
    Thanks for your feedback. Have reinstated the two tracks. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 13, 2012

  16. BIG THANK YOU bigozine2 :D

    An additional note to Floyd fans - the two live tracks from the IMMERSION set of TDSOTM are the same recordings that were featured as short clips from The Dome during the CLASSIC ALBUMS series of TDSOTM.

    I would have preferred the Floyd including that June 1972 gig or this one from January (wonder if it exists in their archives, soundboard?) as the live performance of TDSOTM on the IMMERSION set and not November ‘74 at Wembley…

    This one here is a great audience boot and an incredibly historic audio document!

    By JR on Jul 15, 2012

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