What does it sound like?:
This cd plus bluray set presents the original AHM album on the cd, but it’s the bluray disc that is the most interesting and is the focal point of this release. A lower grade copy of this film of the band performing the AHM suite at a Japanese festival in August of 1971, their first ever show in the country, was featured on the Early Years box set a few years ago. This footage has now been upgraded to give far better clarity thanks to a new copy of the film being found, although sadly there’s still no footage available of the remainder of the set, those five songs seeming to be lost for good. It’s a good solid performance of the piece, more notable for being of historical interest for hardcore fans than for offering anything radically new or unexpected. The package also includes a short behind the scenes documentary, an informative sixty page booklet and replicas of the original poster and ticket, along with various other bits of reproduced memorabilia. If you don’t have the film then this is the chance to get hold of it without forking out for the full box set, and although the band members have rather poured scorn on the piece in more recent years, I think it stands up well, and it’s one I still regularly dig out for a listen.
What does it all *mean*?
Looking at the footage you can only wonder at how radically the outdoor concert experience has changed over the intervening fifty odd years/
Goes well with…
Wishing there’d been a 5.1 or Atmos mix thrown in – the nearest thing currently available is the original quad mix from 1971, again to be found only on the Early Years set.
Might suit people who like…
One for confirmed Floyd devotees only!