July 9, 2009 – 6:51 am

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Interstellar Overdrive

Live at Manchester College of Commerce, UK, May 2, 1969.

Recently Pink Floyd fan darkcycle shared Careful With These Tracks (Yellow Cow Records) on the internet. This homemade release is probably taken from one of several test pressings that circulate. This is how the wikipedia describes the missing Interstellar Overdrive track:

“The band had also recorded a live version of Interstellar Overdrive (from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn), intended for placement on side one of the live album. The track was dropped at the last minute, some say to maintain the sound fidelity of the record, but numerous test pressings with the original track list were given to friends of the band, including John Peel. Other sources have claimed that the song was dropped because of a conflict over the music publishing rights. (It would have been one of only two songs on the record to include Syd Barrett as a writer.)”

darkcycle also deglitched the original files (”as there was room for improvement. No sound altering or NR of any kind!”).

NOTE: The source of this is lossy and bumped up to FLAC. No lossless version has yet to surface.

The tracks are:
01. Astronomy Domine - 8.46 (Same as Ummagumma version, different mix)
02. Careful With That Axe, Eugene - 9.27 (Same as Ummagumma version, longer intro, no vocals in mix)
03. Interstellar Overdrive - 13.35 (Pulled from official release. It would have been placed as the third track on Side One of the first LP.)
04. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun - 9.51 (Same as Ummagumma version, different mix)
05. A Saucerful Of Secrets - 14.25 (Birmingham Mother’s) (Ummagumma version uses a composite of this and the Manchester recording)

Tracks 1-4: Manchester College Of Commerce - May 2, 1969
Track 5: Birmingham Mother’s - April 27, 1969

So for all of you Pink Floyd fans, here’s Interstellar Overdrive (the rest of the tracks are only slightly different from the official release). Thanks darkcycle.

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UPDATED: October 9, 2015

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Click here to order Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma and insert the missing Interstellar Overdrive.


  2. Thanks! I never knew of this test pressing. Been loving the music lately. Always glad to have more pink floyd. If only those 1966 Filmore recordings would surface. I would listen. Legacy/sony might have some 50th anniversary planned? lol?
    Thanks again, Keep it real.

    By ghostshirt on Jul 9, 2009

  3. Great version!
    It is interesting to get this bootleg,to listen the complete concert with different mixes.
    Thanks to all bigo’s team :-)

    By Rochacrimson on Jul 9, 2009

  4. Thank you very much. Another soundtrack for a Thompson sunset and another echo of Syd’s genius.

    Please keep them coming. Any chance of some of the live Wishbone Ash with John Wetton on bass guitar ever surfacing?

    Best wishes,


    By James on Jul 9, 2009

  5. Hey Thanks you guys,
    I have always heard that Gilmour and the band played Interstellar Overdrive for a few years after Syd Barrett left the band, and this is the first time I ever heard one of those performances. A rare gem indeed! And it was smart to leave it off Umma Gumma, it wasn’t where the band was heading. They were getting nervous about their careers at that time. In Nick Mason’s book he says they started doing movie soundtrack work in case they needed that stuff on a resume in the future when the band’s popularity wanes. That sure never happened!

    By Reggie on Jul 11, 2009

  6. Umm… So there’s 5 tracks in all, but only one track made available here? If the other four are different mixes, etc. from what was officially released, what’s the problem? Am I missing something here? I mean, thanks for the one track… But just one track?

    By Shaun on Jul 12, 2009

  7. The “mixes” are too close to call. Almost like the official album. Sorry about that.

    By Admin on Jul 12, 2009

  8. Well… OK. You’ve been awfully good to me lately, and it’s all been free, so I really have no right to complain. Thanks for the explanation!

    By Shaun on Jul 13, 2009

  9. nice version. not heard this before although its got some similarity with the 68/69 BBC Session. Nick Mason was really on top of his drumming from 69-72 imo. thanks for posting.

    By mick on Sep 18, 2010

  10. Are you kidding?? “High quality” at 192k?? No thanks.

    By Dave on Jun 24, 2011

  11. video chief keef

    By New Chief Keef on Oct 9, 2013

  12. video chief queef is more like it. Burning ten one dollar bills isn’t gangster, or gangsta.

    By candy says who cares on Oct 9, 2013

  13. sorry -i didn’t mean that-that was homophobic of me

    By candy says who cares on Oct 10, 2013

  14. No, it’s not. Look it up. Idiot.

    By candy says who cares on Oct 10, 2013

  15. I changed my mind-it really is.I am the idiot here….sorry all

    By candy says who cares on Oct 10, 2013

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