June 21, 2011 – 3:01 am

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Brussels Affair [Sigma 66, 2CD]

Live at the Forest National (Vorst Nationaal), Brussels, Belgium; December 5, 1972. Very good audience recording.

This Sigma release probably surfaced around April or May 2011 and thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

This is what gsparaco posted at

The tape documenting Pink Floyd’s December 5, 1972 Brussels show is a recent find. Produced by a taper named OPUS 5, it is a very good to borderline excellent stereo recording. The needle seems to hit the red too often plaguing the tape with upper end distortion throughout the concert. It is slight but noticeable and mars what could have been the best recorded concert from Pink Floyd’s short tour of Europe in late ‘72. There are a few cuts between songs in the second half of the concert, but none during songs. Every performance is complete.

Pink Floyd starts off the show by playing the Dark Side Of The Moon suite as they have for the entire year. It is remarkable how little the piece evolved during the year compared to the studio recording. The two “traveling” pieces, “On The Run” and “The Great Gig In The Sky”, underwent several changes throughout the year, but none would suggest what they would eventually become in the studio.

The Brussels performance is notable for the nasty, abrasive, loud buzzing coming from the PA at the start of “Breathe.” Several times (specifically at 1:25, 1:46, 1:51, and 3:46) electronic noises startle the audience (and band), throwing off their timing. The band continue to play the song but David Gilmour waits before singing the song until the problem is worked out.

The VC3-dominated “On The Run” is entirely a studio creation and wouldn’t sound like the studio version until 1973. In 1972 it was still an instrumental jam session. Whether the equipment problems at the start of the show continued or how much they bothered the band is uncertain. But Gilmour sounds completely out of sorts during the instrumental, playing an out of tune strumming tune over the rhythm section.

“Time” starts off effectively, but this time Richard Wright makes a big mistake by singing the final verse as the first. He and Gilmour giggle at the mistake and bravely continue on.

After “Great Gig” the performance improves. “Money” builds in intensity and “Us And Them” is quite unsettling. “Any Colour You Like” is an effective jam session and Roger Waters’ big contribution to the suite, “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse”, ends the first half of the the show nicely.

The second half “oldies” section starts off with “One Of These Days” from Meddle. Very early on Waters makes a big mistake, playing the descending riff on bass guitar several measures too early, throwing off the rest of the band. First Gilmour, then Wright, and now Waters cause a big, embarrassing mistake. Nick Mason is the only one to not have have some kind of meltdown during the performance.

“Careful With That Axe, Eugene” is very effective. Waters recites his Scottish Pict style poetry in the middle before the expected blood curdling scream and instrumental cacophony. The poem sounds different than the one recited in Zürich several nights before.

“Echoes” redeems the show. The distortion in the tape curiously enhances the brutality of the heavy-metal sections of the piece. The epic closes the show and the band return to the stage to play “Childhood’s End” as an encore.

Brussels Affair is a great release worth having. The mistakes and imperfect performances are exactly the reason why we love and collect bootlegs. It’s much more interesting hearing borderline disasters like this than rote-perfect performances (or the studio recordings for the umpteenth time). It is great to finally see Sigma release something new instead of reissuing their catalogue in “improved” editions.

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UPDATED: October 9, 2015

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  2. hey bigo, glad your back. thanks!!!

    speaking of belgium, i got intersteller zappadrive. it’s a good one. i’ll get this one too and springsteen. i’ll try to get both tomorrow, if i wake up early enough.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 21, 2011

  3. This Pink Floyd Brussels disaster in Dec 72 seems like a “bookend” to the Jan 20 72 show in Brighton, where Dark Side gets electrocuted when Money starts. The band is unable to continue the song. Roger Waters announces “severe mechanical and electrical horrors” and that they could not continue on “with that bit”. They are forced to play their earlier blues numbers instead to finish the show. Wow. Instead of setting Dark Side to a silent Wizard of Oz, maybe “Brussels” ought to be heard while showing the train wreck from “Super 8″!

    By 3yrsnojob on Jun 21, 2011

  4. However, I would say that this version of Money is one of the best I’ve heard! Can’t wait to hear the rest!

    By 3yrsnojob on Jun 21, 2011

  5. Wauw - just downloaded the stuff and started playing One Of These Days - and with the exception of a few overloaded seconds this sound terrific. Beautifully balanced, good basses, absolutely among the best I’ve heard from the best years of Pink Floyd. Thank you so much for this beauty. Recommended to everyone with an interest for these fantastic Pink Floyd years…

    By Henning2804 on Jun 21, 2011

  6. Wow Big O - you never cease to amaze and delight. This is indeed a must for Floyd fans for several reasons. I have several bootlegs from late ‘72 - early ‘73, and they are all painfully marginal audience recordings. The quality on this one is excellent. And then - CHILDHOOD’S END! - performed only a handful of times live - I’m so happy to have this-listening to it right now-awesome! And yes, the warts-and-all presentation makes this a unique document. Pre-DARK SIDE recordings are what I really go after, as they were still on their “Journey” to whatever they hell they were supposed to do after Syd. So thanks again big o and Lincoln Park Mark. This era of music obviously is not going to happen ever again, so it’s a must we all have this stuff in our collections!

    By Daniel Kershner on Jun 22, 2011

  7. I´ve been there and it was fabulous!

    By swlabr on Jun 22, 2011

  8. Nice one Big-O! Especially like the second disc. From the first disc Any Colour You Like is incredible. Nick Mason is a monster on that cut. I’ve heard multiple shows of DSOTM over the years but this is the best version of ACYL. Disc two has a wonderful version of Childhood’s End, great jamming in the middle section. Keep bringing the Floyd shows to light!

    By Tom on Jun 23, 2011

  9. Thanks. Childhood’s End is terrific, and some of the Dark Side songs (Money, Any Colour, & esp. Us & Them) are standout live versions, and the sound is generally excellent, despite the high end issues. Floyd is usually considered a studio band, but their touring schedule was busy in the pre-Dark Side years, and they road-tested many of their new songs in those years. A friend of mine from Scotland saw them many times in the late 60s & early 70s, and he said that to him, Pink Floyd were “the English Grateful Dead”. They weren’t, but I know what he meant.

    By Eric on Jul 10, 2011

  10. Looks like i’m in for a treat. I never heard this show before. Thanks to all involved in getting it here.

    By Matt on Aug 4, 2011

  11. Fantastic thanks.

    By Joel on Nov 7, 2011

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    By Rosalva Helmlinger on Aug 24, 2012

  13. Thank you Big O Amigos. With any luck and marksmanship, this will be a great encore to a successful first day of deer season in Thompson. Yes, “Childhood’s End,” is a rare bonus.

    Thank you very much for all that you do.

    As always,


    By James on Nov 13, 2014

  14. This one rocks! Don’t pass it up. I got it last year and it’s still on my mp3 player.Excellent sound for an audience boot…

    By 5 Man Floyd on Nov 19, 2014

  15. Thank you!

    By Eric (the other one) on Nov 21, 2014

  16. What’s happened to track 2 ? it links to a Russian website !

    By Sarah Novak on Nov 21, 2014

  17. Yup track 102 had been hijacked :(

    By hand on Nov 24, 2014

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