Watch Pink Floyd Take on Bootleggers in 1971 Documentary Clip
Subscribe to Ultimate Classic Rock on
Pink Floyd have released a video clip from a 1971 documentary that appears as part of their recent Early Years collection.
The two-and-a-half-minute excerpt, which deals with their experience of being bootlegged, is included in the individual volume of The Early Years 1971 Reverber/ation. The CD and video were originally part of last year’s box set The Early Years 1965-1972.
In the video, band manager Steve O’Rourke discusses the release of a bootleg Pink Floyd LP, denying he’d given his approval, as claimed by a previous interviewee. “I can’t remember talking to this geezer at all,” he says in the clip. “Obviously I wouldn’t be happy about a bootleg album coming out. If the guy comes on, I’ll find out more about him – get his name and address anyway.”
The documentary shows members of Pink Floyd listening to a section of the bootleg, after which O’Rourke labels the recording “disgusting” and says that, if the band chose to release a live album, it would be of “far superior quality.”
The band is also seen working on “Echoes,” which appeared on the 1971 album Meddle, as the film’s narrator observes, “Producing pop music today is sophisticated and expensive. The Pink Floyd’s new album is costing more than £15,000 to produce. Bootlegs can not only damage their bank accounts – they can also affect the group’s musical reputation.”
The Early Years 1971 Reverber/ation will be released on March 24 – along with five other collections taken from the 27-disc original box set – and it’s available for pre-order now.
Meanwhile, the band has confirmed the release of an unheard 1966 recording of “Interstellar Overdrive” as part of this year’s Record Store Day. It’s a 15-minute version of the track that later appeared on their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. It will appear in mono as a one-sided 12″ vinyl disc, complete with a band postcard. This year’s Record Store Day takes place on April 15.
Pink Floyd Albums Ranked Worst to Best