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Pink Floyd – Roman Amphitheatre in Pompeii (1971) (2020) Remastered [24-96] – Video Update

I’ve been wanting a to do a version of this awesome document for ages, since I find none of the released versions sonically satisfying. I decided to use the 2016 remix as my source rather than the original stereo mix. The original mix simply wasn’t very well done and has always lacked fidelity. It served us well as an accompanying soundtrack to the amazing footage but as stand-alone audio document it’s just not doing the performance enough justice. The newly done mix from 2016 was disappointing at first listen. It’s high-end is strong enough to kill an ant colony and seems to have quite noticeable phase issues. Still, I decided to try my hand at making it a more pleasant listen. It seems the shortcomings are as much in the recording as in the mix itself but after a thorough treatment with my trusted mastering suite, the end result is much better than I initially thought it could be. It’s actually damn close to being the brilliant live-album that everybody always knew it could have been.

For completeness sake, I added the three bonus tracks. The last two are taken from the Harvested RevB which in turn was taken from the Laserdisc edition from the 90s.

As for the music, this is simply the defining moment of Pink Floyd as a unit. Everything the band had worked so hard for after Syd’s unfortunate demise was paying off in this very moment. It’s not unlike The Who’s Live at Leeds; the band simply rose above themselves. However, it comes with the added bonus that the concert was staged & filmed with the most incredible scenery. If you want to convince a noob what the fuss with Pink Floyd is all about, this document would probably be one of your best picks.

Track Listing:

  1. Careful With That Axe, Eugene
  2. A Saucerful Of Secrets
  3. One Of These Days
  4. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  5. Echoes
    (Bonus > 16-44)
  6. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (alt. take)
  7. Mademoiselle Nobs
  8. Film Intro

THE STAR IS SCREAMING BENEATH THE LIES

Recorded Live to 8-Track and filmed in the Roman Amphitheatre in Pompeii, October 4-7, 1971
Additional recordings made at Studio Europasonor, Paris, December 13-20, 1971


Pink Floyd – Live at Pompeii (1972) (2014) [HDTV 720p]

Live at Pompeii is a 1972 concert documentary film directed by Adrian Maben and featuring the English rock group Pink Floyd performing at the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii, Italy. Although the band perform a typical live set from the era, there is no audience beyond the basic film crew. The main footage in and around the amphitheatre was filmed over four days in October 1971, using the band’s regular touring equipment, including a mobile 8-track recorder from Paris (before being bumped up to 16-track in post-production). Additional footage filmed in a Paris television studio the following December was added for 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 2002, a Director’s cut DVD appeared which combined the original footage from 1971 with more contemporary shots of space and the area around Pompeii, assembled by Maben. A number of bands have taken inspiration from the film in creating their own videos, or filming concerts without an audience.

Track Listing:

  1. Echoes, Part 1 / On the Run (Studio Footage) (from Meddle / The Dark Side of the Moon, 1971/1973)
  2. Interview 1
  3. Careful with That Ax, Eugene (B-side of “Point Me at the Sky “single, 1968)
  4. A Saucerful of Secrets (from A Saucerful of Secrets, 1968)
  5. Interview 2
  6. Us and Them (Studio Footage) (from The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
  7. One of These Days I’m Going to Cut You into Little Pieces (from Meddle, 1971; also known as “One of These Days”)
  8. Interview 3
  9. Mademoiselle Nobs (from Meddle, 1971; previously known as “Seamus”)
  10. Brain Damage (Studio Footage) (from The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
  11. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (from A Saucerful of Secrets,1968)
  12. Echoes, Part 2 (from Meddle, 1971)

[HDTV 720p] [NEW]

Notes:
Quality : HDTV 720p
Container : TS
Video codec : H.264
Audio codec : AC3
Video : MPEG4 Video (H264) 1280×720 50fps 8399Kbps
Audio : Dolby AC3 48000Hz 6ch 448kbps


Pink Floyd – Live At Pompeii “The Director’s Cut” (1972) (2003) [DVD]

The original recording was filmed from 4 to 7 October 1971 and was a full version of the concert in Pompeii, about 60 minutes long. In 1973, a recording was released with the addition of various inserts. Director Adrian Maben recorded several interviews and a number of studio work moments while the band was working on their album The Dark Side Of The Moon. These episodes were inserted into the film between songs. The total length of this version of the film is about 80 minutes. In October 2003, the film was re-released on DVD in the so-called “director’s cut”. Adrian Maben took over the editing process again. The film was replenished with several interviews and episodes from the studio of that period. A number of space videos have been added (shuttle launch, solar flares, etc.). As a result, the total length of the film was 92 minutes.

Track Listings:

  1. Pompeii / Intro
  2. Echoes, part one
  3. (Interview)
  4. On the Run (studio recording)
  5. Careful With That Ax, Eugene
  6. A Saucerful Of Secrets
  7. (Interview)
  8. Us And Them (studio recording)
  9. One Of These Days โ€ฆ
  10. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  11. (Interview)
  12. Brain Damage (studio recording with interview cuts)
  13. Mademoiselle Nobs
  14. Echoes, part two

(Original release)

  1. Echoes Pt. I
  2. Careful With That Ax Eugene
  3. A Saucerful Of Secrets
  4. Us and Them
  5. One Of These Days
  6. Mademoiselle Nobs
  7. Brain Damage
  8. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  9. Echoes Pt. II

The Director’s Cut [DVD] [NEW]

Bonus material:
– Interview with Adrian Maben
– Documentary footage
– Map of Pompeii and the history of this city
– Lyrics
– Photo gallery

7 thoughts on “Pink Floyd – Roman Amphitheatre in Pompeii (1971) (2020) Remastered [24-96] – Video Update

  1. Mr. Kotter

    I thought I had commented earlier, but apparently I spaced it. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    The first time I saw this was in high school. So that means it was on good okโ€™ cellulose. We got nicely prepared and went into the HS auditorium, sat down to enjoy the show. Cool, echos, zooming in from way out there. All good. Enjoying the show. We got about halfway through (I really donโ€™t remember how far into the movie we had gotten) and someone had found some better speakers so they stopped the movie and played it backwards hooked up the new speakers and started it over again.

    Awesome ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    1. Bufford T Justice Post author

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