March 23, 2010 – 4:00 am

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Welcome To The Machine [Cannonball, 2CD]

Live at the Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California, May 9, 1977. Very good audience recording.

Here’s another show from the 1977 tour. The wikipedia reports: Pink Floyd’s Animals album became the subject material for the band’s In the Flesh tour, during which early signs of discord became apparent. Roger Waters began arriving at each venue alone, and departing immediately after the performance was complete, and Dave Gilmour’s wife Ginger did not get along with Waters’ new girlfriend. On one occasion, Wright flew back to England threatening to leave the band. The size of the venues was also an issue, and the end of the tour was a low point for Gilmour, who felt that the band had by now achieved the success they sought, and that there was nothing else to look forward to.

This is the review GS posted on the net:

This concert has the distinction of being one of the best recorded from Pink Floyd’s In The Flesh 1977 US tour. The clarity and balance makes it possible to hear every note played perfectly and even the giggles between Roger Waters and David Gilmour in “Have A Cigar”. This show was released several years ago as Mr. Pig which utilizes (so it was claimed) the first generation reel-to-reel masters. Highland uses compression and heavy equalization to bring out the high end on the tape making everything louder. [Editor’s note: Fans might want to track down the five-disc Oaklands (Sirene 055) - May 9, 10 1977; and/or the Mr. Pig Remastered (Highland).]

Cannonball used a different tactic with this release. They didn’t use compression or any form of dressing up so it sounds much more natural and dynamic. The highs aren’t as shrill making it sound very nice. Furthermore the crowd are not as audible either. It could be that Cannonball has used the DAT clone of the master whereas Highland used the reel-to-reel copy of the master.

Whatever the case might be, this tape is the best sounding from this Pink Floyd tour and is essential. The Oakland crowd were well behaved enough to not throw firecrackers and upset Roger (how many times did he yell at audiences during this tour?) Both Animals and Wish You Were Here are played perfectly. David Gilmour in particular is on fire. Of particular note is his solo in “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” where he throws in some middle-eastern scales adding an exotic oriental feel to the piece. A unique event in a Pink Floyd concert!

To thank the well-behaved crowd, the band rewarded the audience with the extra encore of “Careful With That Axe Eugene”, the only time the song was played during the tour and the final time ever by the full band. It’s a short version and the scream isn’t as blood curdling as in the past. It is however very nice to hear the mature band pull out this early classic.

Thanks to littlepieces for sharing the lossless tracks on the net.

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  1. 21 Responses to “PINK FLOYD - OAKLAND 1977”

  2. Just the sound track for the upcoming first weekend of spring in Thompson. Venison brautwurst, Boulevard Golden Bock and fine Floyd. Maybe, just maybe there will be a grand sunset to provide God’s own light-show. I have something from this tour on vinyl. It will be interesting to compare.
    Thank you Big O.

    By James on Mar 23, 2010

  3. I saw this actual show while visiting friends in California. I rate it as the second greatest rock concert I ever saw(The first was seeing The Who touring behind “Who’s Next” at Miami Beach Convention Hall). I also saw Pink Floyd play a similar show a few weeks earlier at The Miami Baseball Stadium, except there, they were unable to use their projection screens due to high winds at the outdoor venue.

    By Philip Cohen on Mar 23, 2010

  4. hey bigo, thanks! i’m listening to disc 1 right now.

    remember the dead boot you offered from this venue with ornette? it’s a good one. it’s actually oakland-alameda county coliseum, but that’s too long so alameda coliseum works for me.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 23, 2010

  5. Thanks Big O!! I have this on vinyl, “California Stockyard” iirc. Saved me the trouble of converting and anyway, I think this is a better recording. Cheers!

    By Kevin on Mar 23, 2010

  6. My favourite boot(and lets face it,there are many) of Floyd77 tour,when Wolfgang’s Vault claimed it,it must have caused some confusion! I am waiting for a fanatic fan to matrix the Berlin77 soundboard boot(only i think two of the quad four p.a’s channels,not a easy listen) and a good audience tape of that gig for a great 77 concert experience. Anybody
    out there want a go??? I saw them first time that year in London and became a fan. LUV THIS SITE THANX

    By BLUEFOOD on Mar 24, 2010

  7. I had this show on vinyl many years back. It was called “A Great Set.”

    By Phil Brickey on Mar 24, 2010

  8. Hmmmm! Awsome music. Thank you very much.

    By Agusti on Mar 24, 2010

  9. This Floyd show is a classic from all time!
    The last live performance of Careful With That Axe,Eugene in different rythym :)

    By Rochacrimson on Mar 25, 2010

  10. Thrilled to see this here - I have a CD-R that was burned from a damaged source and what I could hear (all of disc 1 & 1/3 of disc 2) was bloody amazing. This performance elevated David Gilmour several levels in my guitar hero pantheon. Thank you!

    By jeremy Shatan on Mar 27, 2010

  11. Thank you very much for bringing such a tremendous and historic trove of music to the world.

    By Jania on Mar 29, 2010

  12. Absolutely stunning boot, I favour it over some of the studio stuff…. so raw and the talent of these four extraordinary men (paricularly Roger and Dave) really shines through…

    By Steve on Apr 2, 2010

  13. Sounds like another great show. Looking forward to hearing it. Thanks

    By Matt on Apr 3, 2010

  14. Thanks for yet another FANTASTIC posting. Keep up the great work!

    Just wanted to note, I thought I heard a saxophone (NOT a synthesizer), and occasional second guitar on this (GREAT) recording. According to wikipedia, on the “In The Flesh” tour, additional band members were:

    Snowy White - guitar, bass guitar on “Sheep”, “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, and “Welcome to the Machine”
    Dick Parry - saxophone, backing keyboards

    By Jerry Dunaway on Apr 6, 2010

  15. finally got to listen to this one! WOW! incredible show and sound quality…thanxxx a zillion for all you do, bigO

    By metaljohn333 on Dec 1, 2012

  16. Typo in back cover artwork!
    According to that, we are listening to
    Pigs On The EING 1.

    By Fernando on Mar 26, 2013

  17. Get a bottle of white out, paint over the E and I, and insert a W. The song will still be the same too!

    By nutshell on Mar 27, 2013

  18. I can’t download from 4shared anymore without getting a downloder…it’s binary .exe file those are not safe

    By Stlouielou on Aug 23, 2013

  19. Really awesome, brought a huge smile to my face! However, the link to track 202, Have a Cigar, seems to be dead. I was able to download all the other tracks, and would really like to have this one to complete the show. I’m hoping someone can repair the link. Thank you BigO, this is great!

    By josh on Aug 17, 2015

  20. Hi BIGO, Is it possible to offer all the songs in a regular format so we do not visit the html page to download the tracks?

    By Tunafan on Aug 17, 2015

  21. Snowy White is often simply regarded as a “second guitarist” on this tour, he often misses out on the credit due to him for his solo on “Pigs On The Wing Part 2″.

    By Tony on Aug 17, 2015

  22. Hi BIGO,
    Can anyone help me with a share of Pink Floyd
    download from either Oakland 1977 or empire 1977. Your help will be much appreciated. Thank you

    By Rod white on Jan 8, 2016

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