Pink Floyd - shedding one skin, trying on another.
Pink Floyd – shedding one skin, fitting into another.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Pink Floyd in Concert – October 15, 1971 – John Peel – BBC Radio 1

Rounding out Christmas night with a mid-era concert from Pink Floyd, hosted by John Peel for the BBC Radio 1 In Concert series and recorded on October 15, 1971.

Most fans of Pink Floyd came to the band by way of Dark Side Of The Moon from 1973, an album which signaled a distinct change in the fortunes of the band, but it also signaled a change in a direction for the band.

You could say there are three distinct phases of Pink Floyd; the Syd Barrett phase, the post Syd Barrett phase and the Dark Side Of The Moon phase. One could argue there is also Pink Floyd during The Wall phase, but that’s a topic for another discussion.

The period just after the departure of founding member Syd Barrett was one loaded with uncertainty. They were a cult band, more known in the UK than in the U.S., but popular largely for their groundbreaking excursions into Psychedelia with such classics as Interstellar Overdrive and See Emily Play. With Syd gone the band were floundering and their success was waning and there was a struggling with finding a direction.

So the period of 1969-1973 proves to be an interesting one as it gives a lot of examples of a band in transition. This concert comes from the period of Meddle, which had been released the same month as this concert was performed.

In case you aren’t familiar with Pink Floyd from this period – a good place to get acquainted.


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