PINK FLOYD - HAKONE, JAPAN 1971

September 16, 2008 – 6:31 pm


Richard Wright
(July 28, 1943 - September 15, 2008)


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PINK FLOYD
Echoes Of Japanese Meddle [Shout To The Top, 1CD]

Live in Hakone, Japan, August 6, 1971. Very good audience recording.

In his obituary to keyboardist Richard Wright, Dave Gilmour wrote on his website: “No one can replace Richard Wright. He was my musical partner and my friend. In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick’s enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound.

“I have never played with anyone quite like him. The blend of his and my voices and our musical telepathy reached their first major flowering in 1971 on ‘Echoes’. In my view all the greatest PF moments are the ones where he is in full flow. After all, without ‘Us and Them’ and ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’, both of which he wrote, what would ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ have been? Without his quiet touch the Album ‘Wish You Were Here’ would not quite have worked.

“In our middle years, for many reasons he lost his way for a while, but in the early Nineties, with ‘The Division Bell’, his vitality, spark and humour returned to him and then the audience reaction to his appearances on my tour in 2006 was hugely uplifting and it’s a mark of his modesty that those standing ovations came as a huge surprise to him, (though not to the rest of us).

“Like Rick, I don’t find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously.”

In memory of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright, here is a very good audience recording of the gig at Hakone in Japan in 1971, a time when the contribution from each band member was more or less equal.

Drummer Nick Mason remembers the gig in his book, Inside Out: A Personal History Of Pink Floyd:

“Of all the overseas tours, our first visit to Japan in August 1971 was a particular success. The record company organised a press conference (something which we generally hate) and presented us with our first gold records. Although these were completely bogus, as they had not been earned through sales, we nonetheless appreciated the gesture.

“The real reason for the success of this tour was an outdoor show at Hakone. Not only was this a beautiful venue set in countryside a couple of hours outside Tokyo, but a festival audience in Japan was a lot less inhibited than one at an indoor show.”

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Studio versions of these tracks can be found on the earlier Pink Floyd albums such as Atom Heart Mother (1970), Meddle (1971) and the More soundtrack (1969). Click on the link to order the albums.

  1. 19 Responses to “PINK FLOYD - HAKONE, JAPAN 1971”

  2. “Last night I must have had too much to drink…”
    Only Richard Wright could make those words sound like a sweet lament. He was the George Harrison of the group, demure, self effacing, important. Bill Evans was a big influence, as you can hear if you’re lucky enough to have the 4 cd Complete Soundtrack to the film Zabriskie Point (Not the single cd original release). There’s a fifteen minute grand piano solo that tells it all.
    Gilmour and Wright split the duties equally when it came to creating the Pink Floyd sound, and by their own admission Waters and Mason were more the creators of concepts and lyrics. When Waters ego took over the group - leading to a nice long ride of good albums up until the highly uneven Wall album - Wright retreated into the wall of keyboards and really opened up new ground in the cross-over history of electronic sound in popular music. If you want to hear some great less popular Richard Wright work then buy a copy of “More” (1969) a soundtrack to a Barbet Schroeder film of the same name that the band put together in two weeks of recording.
    One of the signature samples of electronica, the opening note that permeates the album “Wish You Were Here,” was actually not a synthetic sound. It came from months of the band trying to make an album using only non-instruments. The only thing they took away from the session was a sound made by running a finger around a crystal glass filled with different levels of water and layering the sound until it became THAT sound.
    A lot of people know these old stories. sorry if it’s repetitive. Those people also know that Richard Wright lived his life after the 80’s on a sailboat in the Mediterranean. He performed with David Gilmour on his last CD, “On an Island”, which was recorded in a 19th century barge that Gilmour converted into a private studio.

    By Reg in Brooklyn on Sep 16, 2008

  3. God save you Rick!
    We love your music forever and ever.

    By Rochacrimson on Sep 16, 2008

  4. Best Gilmour vocals on Cymbaline live that I’ve ever heard (his voice usually cracked on the high note). Bizarre audience thinks Cymballine is a song you clap along with. They probably gave him the confidence to hit that note.

    By Reg in Brooklyn on Sep 16, 2008

  5. Rick and PF will live forever as an integral part the history of Music. Influenced by all genres, they developed an original formula that is still resoundingly relevant. As with all great music, it transcends language, nationalities, and cultural differences. Thank you Mr. Wright for the beautiful sounds and tasteful performances. May your music be played for all future generations.

    P.S. Thanks to the Big O for all the excellent Floyd shows over the years!

    By T Mon on Sep 16, 2008

  6. I think this might be an appropriate time to ask if anyone has the BBC 1970 and 1971 Paris Theatre performances in original condition?
    These usually show up with unwanted noise, hiss and artefacts of noise-reduction on Echoes (1971) and/or If (1970), among others, and in mono. How about a proper In Memoriam by having these available as they were originally broadcast, unsullied and in stereo?
    Some good work from Rick on these two, organ solos mainly, and on Echoes, the beginnings of his more ethereal keyboard style for which he became most well-known.
    Thanks Rick.

    Laura

    By Laura on Sep 16, 2008

  7. RIP Rick.

    By Explosivo on Sep 17, 2008

  8. God bless you Rick, your memory will live forever in the life of the art you and the rest of the floyd created. The world is a little less bright today

    By bltzfire on Sep 17, 2008

  9. Where does one find this “4 CD Set” from Zabriskie Point? I have the 2 CD set with what I thought was the “extras”.
    Rick will be sorely missed. Thankfully we have their catalog to remind us of how special the 4 members of Pink Floyd were when they were “together”

    By Tom on Sep 17, 2008

  10. I just called the guy who gave it to me, The Ultimate Zabriskie Point - an unauthorized release from 12/69 Studio. My friend remembers two discs of extras. But I think there were three discs of outtakes because it took me a while to cull one disc of my favorite tunes. I was trying to create the great “missing” Floyd album for myself. He’s trying to dig it out and get back to me. He said he got it off Pinkfloyd.ws which is a tricky little site to navigate, but a good one. My copy is lost in the stacks of cd’s that formed (due to neglect) after my son was born last year. I’ll look for it.

    By Reg in Brooklyn on Sep 17, 2008

  11. The Richard Wright song I was referring to is on the 2 CD official release, it’s called Love Scene (number 4) and clocks in at six and a half minutes - not 15 minutes (sorry - time must have slowed down for some reason…) Don’t go crazy looking for The Ultimate Zabriskie - it’s not all great. (Do you really need three versions of “The Crumbling Land”?) but if you see a free download there are a few surprises. There is a tune about a Queen that sounds like it came out in the post “Wall” period. Strange.

    By Reg in Brooklyn on Sep 17, 2008

  12. The one “gem” I heard mentioned in an interview with Gilmour on the “Making of Dark Side of the Moon” DVD was the original version of Us & Them that supposedly was meant for the film but was not used during the “Violence Scene”. Would love to hear what Rick had in mind, before he reworked it for DSOTM. Perhaps that was on this 4 CD you speak of.

    By Tom on Sep 18, 2008

  13. I can hardly describe how sad we, some friends and I felt when we heard about the passing of this great musician.

    By Boschini on Sep 19, 2008

  14. RIP Rick
    Pf have been (together with The Beatles) the sound-track of my life.
    As many of the bootleg collectors do, I also play an instrument (though not at a professional level), and Rick has always been one of my models.
    PF are over now :-(, but fortunately fans recorded hundreds of their live performances for future memory.

    By paul on Sep 19, 2008

  15. It’s so disheartening when musicians of this caliber leave us. Richard was like no other keyboardist and Pink Floyd as a whole opened my ears to a sound, that I can only describe as the tuning fork to my soul. There’s definitely (in my opinion) a “universal harmonic” that many of us are drawn to and very few musicians/bands ever collectively achieve. Rick found it, as did his band mates and generously shared it with us. I would almost characterize his playing as mesmerizing. When your music has the power to quiet 100,000 people, like THAT !…all I can say is amazing. R.i.p. RW, you will be missed and never forgotten…many thnx to Big O and all you folks for the wealth of tremendous recordings honoring his legacy.

    By zemo on Sep 20, 2008

  16. a welcome edition to my Floyd collection. Thanks

    By Matt on Sep 22, 2008

  17. Was this a very early version of Echoes? It’s only 7:06 long. I don’t know anything about the evolution of the song.

    Thanks.

    By Rommel on Sep 26, 2008

  18. Please disregard my previous post…I just listened to Echoes all the way through and there are edits. A great recording nonetheless.

    By Rommel on Sep 26, 2008

  19. Thank you for this one. Much appreciated!

    By sensen on Oct 14, 2008

  20. please bring back pink floyd live in japan, 1971

    By DBoy on Nov 24, 2010

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