If you’re a rabid Pink Floyd fan then you probably have a Pink Floyd bootleg CD somewhere. I’ve done my fair share of searching for the odd Pink Floyd bootleg and there’s one particular one that’s a must listen. This Pink Floyd bootleg is from May 23, 1968, live from Amsterdam, Netherlands and the venue was The Paradiso. The Paradiso dates back to the nineteenth century and was used as a church facility until taken over by hippies in the 60’s.
Paradiso was squatted by hippies in 1967 who wanted to convert the church into an entertainment and leisure club. The police ended the festivities the same year. In 1968 the city opened Paradiso as a publicly subsidized youth entertainment center. Along with the nearby Melkweg (Milky Way), it soon became synonymous with the hippie counterculture and the rock music of that era.
In 1968, Pink Floyd was just starting to get their legs under them. This particular show was after Syd Barret had left the band due to his personal and drug problems and David Gilmour had just joined. The sound here is decent, as decent as you can get for a bootleg dating back to 1968, but it showcases the very early years of what was to become the final lineup of Pink Floyd. It’s totally worth a listen to if you’re a Pink Floyd fan and even if you’re not, it’s worth having a listen.
Word of warning for casual Pink Floyd listeners. Do not expect music from Dark Side of the Moon or The Wall here, these are deep cuts from early Pink Floyd with a much different flair. Enjoy!
Early Show: Paradiso
01. Tunings (1:13)
02. Let There Be More Light (7:36)
03. Interstellar Overdrive (11:14)
04. Set The Controls (12:48)
05. A Saucerful Of Secrets (14:48)
Late Show: Fantasio
01. Keep Smiling People (11:41)
02. Let There Be More Light (9:18)
03. Set The Controls (13:36)
04. Flaming (5:40)
05. A Saucerful Of Secrets (13:09)