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New 180g Syd Barrett vinyl reissues out Monday Print E-mail
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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Syd Barrett 180g vinyl releasesWith The Division Bell 20th anniversary box set, vinyl (and standalone DVD) grabbing headlines with its release around this weekend depending on where you are in the world, another set of releases that are due on Monday (June 30th) in the UK and Europe, are sure to be just as eagerly awaited by the vinyl junkies amongst you, and really shouldn't be overlooked - hence this reminder for you.

On that day, Rhino are releasing Syd Barrett's The Madcap Laughs, Barrett, and Opel albums on heavyweight 180g vinyl. With the resurgence of interest and take-up of vinyl, these high quality new editions are sure to be popular.

For the Syd novices out there, The Madcap Laughs was his first solo album, released January 1970. Featuring a band including David Gilmour on various instruments, Jerry Shirley, Willie Wilson and Robert Wyatt, there are some very highly regarded tracks throughout the record. Barrett was to follow, in November of the same year. Again, David Gilmour performs on the album, as does Richard Wright. The songs on the album generally have a lighter tone than Madcap, but this was to be his second and final conventional album. Opel was released in October 1988, and was a collection of unreleased material and alternate takes from the Madcap and Barrett sessions.

You can place your orders for these albums through these direct links:

THE MADCAP LAUGHS:  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
BARRETT:  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
OPEL:  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 

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Australian Pink Floyd marking Greenwich Music Time Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 28 June 2014

Greenwich Music TimeThe Greenwich Music Time Festival is a new outdoor concert series held in one of the most historic locations in London. Set on the banks of the River Thames at Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed masterpiece the Old Royal Naval College, it is a four-day celebration of music in a fully seated outdoor theatre.

Held during the August Bank Holiday weekend, the event opens on Wednesday, August 20th running until Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. The first night (the 20th) has headliners The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and subsequent nights offer Jools Holland, Russell Watson, Goldfrapp and a variety of special guests

We know that the Aussie Floyd are a popular act with many Brain Damage visitors, and indeed, the Aussies first played in the UK over twenty years ago for the first International Brain Damage fan convention at Wembley, so we've got a long history with them. If you've not seen them before, this venue could prove a very interesting place to see the band and their repertoire of Floyd classics. 

Tickets are now available through

Syd Barrett 1972 live recording gets official CD release Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 28 June 2014

Six Hour Technicolor Dream - Last Minute Put Together Boogie BandSix Hour Technicolor Dream, a legendary live recording of a show by the Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band, which for many Syd Barrett fans has been seen as "the Holy Grail" as it is probably the last recorded live performance by Barrett, has this month had an official CD release on the Easy Action label.

The show took place at Cambridge Corn Exchange on January 27th, 1972, and includes as part of the show, Syd (along with Fred Frith) jamming with the band which consisted of Jack Monck, Twink, and Bruce Paine. Syd had attended their show the previous evening, and jammed with them. Clearly taken by the experience, he joined them again for this show, which was captured on tape. A couple of days after this show, the band - including Syd - transformed into the short-lived Stars, which focused on Barrett material and some blues jamming.

The release is well packaged, using a gatefold cover, featuring the rare poster for the show that reveal tickets were a mere 60p in advance, or 70p on the door. The poster is repeated inside, as the cover of the booklet which gives more information on the show, and a revealing interview with Twink, talking about those days with Syd. The CD label itself is rather droll, with the spindle hole replacing the big cat's open mouth.

Syd and Fred don't appear until track five, Drinkin' That Wine, and they also appear on the subsequent Number Nine and Gotta Be A Reason. Sound quality throughout the CD is pretty variable with the occasional tape and recording drop-out (with the tape deck on stage, cables were occasionally caught and pulled out!). Despite this, you can hear the clear difference musically on the three Syd-featuring tracks. His playing can be easily heard and for me, make for a very interesting third of this recording. Don't, however, expect too much - this is more aimed at the hardcore Syd fans amongst you.

An amount from the sale of this release has gone to the Syd Barrett Estate. If you wish to add this CD to your collection, you can order it now through these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.

Vote Roger Waters and Pink Floyd in Prog Music Awards 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 27 June 2014

Progressive Music Awards 2014It's that time again - voting is now open for the 2014 Progressive Music Awards, organised by the UK's Prog Magazine. Again sponsored by Orange Amplification, this is the third year of running these. The 2014 awards will be hosted at the prestigious Underglobe, beneath Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, a venue which plays nicely on progressive rock's rich theatrical vein, on Thursday, September 11th, and hosted for the third time by one of the world's most respected news broadcasters and journalist Gavin Esler.

There are 12 categories of which seven are reader-voted, and two of these categories might be of interest to Pink Floyd fans.

First, the Live Event award has the likes of Ian Anderson, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Rick Wakeman fighting it out (votes-wise) with Roger Waters for his The Wall Live tour of 2010-2013. A live show as stunning as The Wall surely will have a decent chance of winning this category?

The other category is within the (renamed last year) Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award category, and rubbing box set shoulders with the likes of Rush, King Crimson, and ELP, is the Pink Floyd's 20th Anniversary The Division Bell box set, which is released this weekend.

Cast your votes now, and you could be in with the chance of winning a bumper goodie bag featuring something from every band nominated in this year's Awards.

Pink Floyd's The Division Bell 20th anniversary DVD Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 27 June 2014

Pink Floyd: The Division Bell 20th anniversary - 5.1 DVDIn our exclusive first review of Pink Floyd's The Division Bell 20th anniversary 5.1 surround mix blu-ray we mentioned that for those who cannot play blu-ray discs, or alternatively are simply after the 5.1 mix without the other items within the box set, a separate DVD was to be released.

The DVD can be ordered exclusively through the Pink Floyd Store although there has been a delay to this, and it will not be despatched quite yet to those who have already placed their orders. Nevertheless, we are getting a few emails enquiring about this, and just for you, dear Brain Damage visitor, we've got hold of all the information about it, along with the first sighting of the DVD cover.

As expected, the DVD did not have sufficient space to include the high definition, 24bit audio found on the blu-ray. However, it does give some sonic options for you. The album is included as an audio-only PCM stereo mix (48 khz) mastered by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Doug Sax. There's also the 5.1 audio mix, previously unreleased, mixed and mastered by Andy Jackson and Damon Iddins - this is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1. Finally, the 2014 film for Marooned, directed by Aubrey "Po" Powell, is on the DVD, with a PCM stereo, or Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 surround mix.

The disc itself features a background of one of the paintings seen in the Marooned video.

To reiterate, this disc will not be available in stores, and is just from the the Floyd Store as a further option to consider for the fans.

UPDATE, July 3rd: The European and US stores no longer list the DVD as available to purchase. Whilst it was a limited edition for those who didn't want the box set, or who couldn't play blu-rays, it seems to have been an extremely popular edition. With neither store listing it now, we presume it is fully subscribed. However, we would not be at all surprised if they started appearing on eBay soon so you should be able to pick one up there hopefully if still after one.

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