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Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii (Original Cut)

Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii is a 1972 concert film featuring the English
progressive rock group Pink Floyd performing at the ancient Roman
amphitheatre in Pompeii, Italy, directed by Adrian Maben. Although the
band are playing a typical live set from this point in their career, the
film is notable for having no audience.

The main footage in and around the amphitheatre was filmed over four
days in October 1971, using the band's regular touring equipment,
including studio-quality 24-track recorders. Additional footage filmed
in a Paris television studio that December made up the original 1972
release. The film was then re-released in 1974 with additional studio
material of the band working on The Dark Side of the Moon, and
interviews at Abbey Road Studios.

The film has subsequently been released on video numerous times, and in
2003 a "Director's Cut" DVD appeared which combines the original footage
from 1971 with more contemporary shots of space and the area around
Pompeii, assembled by Maben. A number of notable bands have taken
inspiration from the film in creating their own videos, or filming
concerts without an audience.Pink Floyd had already experimented with
filming outside the context of a standard rock concert, most notably an
hour long performance in KQED TV studios in April 1970. Adrian Maben had
become interested in combining art with Pink Floyd's music, and during
1971, he attempted to contact the band's manager, Steve O'Rourke, to
discuss the possibilities of making a film to achieve this aim. After
his original plan of mixing the band with assorted paintings had been
rejected, Maben went on holiday to Naples in the early summer.

During a visit to Pompeii, he lost his passport, and went back to the
amphitheatre he had visited earlier in the day in order to find it.
Walking around the deserted ruins, he thought the silence and natural
ambient sounds present would make a good backdrop for the music. He also
felt that filming the band without an audience would be a good reaction
to earlier films such as Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, where the films
paid equal attention to performers and audiences. Through his contacts
at the University of Naples, Maben managed to persuade the local
authorities to close the amphitheatre for six days that October for
filming.The performances of "Echoes", "A Saucerful of Secrets", and "One
of These Days" were filmed from 4 to 7 October 1971. O'Rourke delivered
a demo to Maben in order for him to prepare for the various shots
required, which he finally managed to do the night before filming
started. The choice of material was primarily the band's, but while
Maben realised it was important to include material from Meddle, he was
also keen to include "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and "A Saucerful of
Secrets", as he felt they would be good numbers to film.

The band insisted on playing live, and brought their regular touring
gear with them. Their roadie, Peter Watts, suggested that their 24-track
recorder would produce a sound tantamount to that of a studio
recording. In addition, it transpired that the natural echo of the
amphitheatre also provided good acoustics for the recording. The
equipment was carried by truck from London, and took three days to reach
Pompeii. When it arrived, it was discovered there was insufficient
power to drive the equipment correctly, which blew every time it was
plugged in. This issue plagued filming for several days, and was finally
resolved by running a lengthy cable from the local town hall.

The first section of footage to be filmed were montage shots of the band
walking around Boscoreale, mixed with shots of mud, which can be seen
at various points in "Echoes" and "Careful with That Axe, Eugene". For
the live performances, the band recorded portions of the songs in
sections, which were later spliced together. After each take, they
listened to the playback on headphones. Maben closed all the entrances
to the amphitheatre, but a few children managed to sneak in, and were
allowed to watch the filming quietly from a distance.The original
release, running for one hour, only featured the live footage. The film
was scheduled for a special premiere at London's Rainbow Theatre, on 25
November 1972. It was cancelled at the last minute by the theatre's
owner, Rank Strand. His eventual explanation was that the film didn't
have a certificate from the British Board of Film Censors and they
wouldn't allow the Rainbow Theatre, which was a music venue, to be a
venue for showing a film and thus could be seen to be in competition
with their other established cinemas.

Maben was concerned that one of the problems with the film was that it
was too short. In early 1973, Maben was fly fishing with Waters, and
suggested the possibility of improving the film by watching them at work
in a recording studio. Subsequently, Maben was invited with a small
crew using a single 35 mm camera to Abbey Road Studios to film supposed
recording sessions of The Dark Side of the Moon, as well as interviews
conducted off-camera by Maben, and footage of the band eating and
talking at the studio cafeteria. Maben was particularly happy about this
footage, feeling it captured the spontaneous humour of the band. This
version premiered on 21 August 1974, and ran for 80 minutes. The
recording sessions were actually staged for the film, as the recording
of the album had been completed when these sessions were filmed in
January 1973 and the band was mixing the album at the time.
Tracklist of the original film:

"Intro Song"
"Echoes, Part 1" (from Meddle, 1971)
"Careful with That Axe, Eugene" (from Ummagumma, 1969)
"A Saucerful of Secrets" (from A Saucerful of Secrets, 1968)
"One of These Days I'm Going to Cut You into Little Pieces" (from Meddle, 1971)
"Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" (from A Saucerful of Secrets, 1968)
"Mademoiselle Nobs" (from Meddle, 1971)
"Echoes, Part 2" (from Meddle, 1971)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour: lead guitar, slide guitar, harmonica on "Mademoiselle
Nobs", vocals on "Echoes", "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and "A
Saucerful of Secrets"
Roger Waters: bass guitar, rhythm guitar on "Mademoiselle Nobs",
gong, cymbals, vocals on "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and "Set the
Controls for the Heart of the Sun"
Richard Wright: Hammond organ, Farfisa Compact Duo organ, piano, vocals on "Echoes"
Nick Mason: drums, percussion, vocal phrase on "One of These Days I'm Going to Cut You into Little Pieces"

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  Y MAS ABAJO Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii [Restored 1974 Cut with Discrete Quad Audio]
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Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii [Restored 1974 Cut with Discrete Quad Audio]

NTSC DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | 84mn | 720x480 (4:3) | MPEG2 Video -> 6000kbps | AC3 4.0 -> 448kbps | 4.1GB
Concert Film | Language: English |

Conceived by the French director Adrian Maben as "an anti-Woodstock film," Pink
Floyd: Live at Pompeii was shot in October 1971 in a vacant,
2,000-year-old amphitheater--a venue chosen to accentuate the grandeur
and spaciousness of the band's Meddle-era music. There's no spectators
but the music impresses, is at its full swing. Moreover, you are under
the impression that the members of the band surpass themselves musically
and they give the best they can. Adrian Maben succeeds skilfully the
marriage between the sound and the picture and it creates an entrancing
climate. I think about the static shots of different places in Pompei
with "Echoes" (probable the best song Pink Floyd has ever written) in
the background. However, his making appears to be paradoxical: it can be
both creative and ingenious: Waters' scream in "careful with that axe
Eugene is compared with a volcano erupting. On the other hand, it's a
pity that he favours a bit too often slow travelings and the same
precise shots of the band's members during their performance. It can
give birth to weariness. Nevertheless, "Pink Floyd: live at Pompei" is
also a well-regulated movie thanks to the sequences that take place in
the Abbey Road Studios. You see interviews of the band and this one at
work, recording their masterpiece "dark side of the moon", THE album
that will reveal them to the general public and probably their last
collective album before Roger Waters' seizure of power. If you wish to
know how your favourite album was recorded, the movie will deliver it to
you... In short, "Pink Floyd: live at Pompei" will delight any Pink
Floyd fan.
After the debut of the hour-long version in 1972, Adrian Maben followed up on this already outstanding production two years later
with an extended cut of the film. Featuring a one-off performance by
the Pink Floyd in an ancient amphitheater in the city of Pompeii,
playing such compositions as "Echoes," "Careful with That Axe, Eugene"
and "A Saucerful of Secrets," as well as interviews with the band
members and footage of the group working on what is now considered one
of music s most beloved albums, The Dark Side of the Moon. Haunting,
breathtaking and innovative, there are many words to describe this
overlooked gem.
In 2011, a fan of the film, seeing that there was no proper presentation of the 1974 version on DVD, decided to assemble an
amateur restoration from past releases of the film. And a year later,
with the help of the online fan community, the legendary quadraphonic
mix was acquired from a genuine 35mm print of the film (a relic which
hasn't seen the light of day since the film's theatrical run in the mid
1970s). As a result, this project was later updated and posted on the


1. "Intro Song"
2. "Echoes, Part 1" (from Meddle, 1971)
3. "On the Run" (studio footage) (from The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
4. "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" (from Point Me At The Sky, B-side, 1968)
5. "A Saucerful of Secrets" (from A Saucerful of Secrets, 1968)
6. "Us and Them" (studio footage) (from The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
7. "One of These Days" (from Meddle, 1971)
8. "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" (from A Saucerful of Secrets, 1968)
9. "Brain Damage" (studio footage) (from The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
10. "Mademoiselle Nobs" (from Meddle, 1971)
11. "Echoes, Part 2" (from Meddle, 1971)

Source Notes

The audio was taken from a 35mm Cinemascope 4-track magnetic striped print
of Live at Pompeii featuring the quadraphonic mix (L, R, Ls, Rs; "4
corners"). This format used the same 4 channel magnetic audio tracks but
not in the intended standard L, C, R, S configuration. This "4 corners"
quad format was briefly used in the early/mid 1970's for more music
focused films. The only theaters equipped for the non-standard audio
for- mat were in New York and Los Angeles. The video was taken from the
“Original Concert Film” featured on the Director’s Cut DVD release, as
well as the Vestron LaserDisc release. The DVD is of decent quality, as
it displays some occasional compression artifacts (including
macro-blocking and mos- quito noise). The LaserDisc, on the other hand,
shows signs of laser rot in the form of the multi-colored specs that
appear in the video. Color correction was applied to the LaserDisc
footage to make it look as good as possible.
Historical Background
In 1974, associate producer Phil Borack (whose company April Fools Films
handled distribution of the film in the United States) and director
Adrian Maben visited Los Angeles for the purpose of finding someone to
produce a quadraphonic mix for the film from the original multi-tracks.
Dan Wallin, who received an Oscar nomination four years earlier for his
work on Woodstock, was appointed for this task. The mix was done in
discrete quad, the multi-tracks were mixed to mag at A&M record
studios, then the mags were taken over to Todd-AO where the final mix
was done. The quad mix was featured in select screenings of the film,
but has never seen the light of day since then. Pink Floyd was never
involved with the quad mix, and it’s possible that they’re completely
unaware of its existence.
I'll post the DVD-Audio in the High Rez section. Thanks to oneslip17 and the rest of the group responsible for
this release.

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Me apunto esta versión restaurizonada y quadrafonicada. biggrin

Muchas gracias, Uni. Bajando voy...

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