Things have been rather quiet over at the Pink Floyd camp. Though the group is no longer active, 2011 saw an onslaught of reissues and even a brief reunion. Roger Waters has confirmed that he’s working on a new solo LP, and there’s the rumor that David Gilmour is working on one of his own, but not much beyond that – which makes this the perfect time for some 40-year-old unreleased tracks to surface.
In 1974, Pink Floyd were already planning the follow-up to the massive success that was The Dark Side of The Moon. The band started to write and perform new songs, such as You Gotta Be Crazy (later retitled Dogs) and Shine On You Crazy Diamond, which would later be included on the records Animals and Wish You Were Here. Naturally, the original versions of the tracks weren’t the same as the ones that ended up being released, as proven by numerous live bootlegs from the era. What we have here today is something different: early studio demos and recordings for several tracks from that era in their more primitive versions.
Titled The Extraction Tapes, this bootleg vinyl release was first reported and shared by several trading sites over the weekend, but we just managed to catch all the songs on YouTube. Included below are alternate versions for most of the tracks on Wish You Were Here and Animals, including 8 parts of Shine On in one track (no saxophone), Dogs featuring Roger Waters on vocals, an even darker Welcome to the Machine, and versions of Wish You Were Here and Have a Cigar similar to the ones found on that album’s “Immersion” box set. Listen below (and click here for a thorough explanation of their origins and differences to the final versions):
Wish You Were Here playlist:
As is usual with recently-surfaced bootlegs, some people might claim that these tracks are “old”. Well, given the fact that they were recorded forty years ago, “old” would be appropriate, but it’s the first time these have been so widely circulated, due to the recent vinyl release, and a rumored CD version.