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Reviews of the Tonight Let's All Make Love in London disc [from bear and David Barker] [From: bear@tcs.com (H.W. Neff) Date: Tue, 30 Oct 90 11:06:05 PST] just keep going to your local cd shop (i really can't justify calling them "record stores" anymore.) it is a fairly new release, and i first heard about it here in the pink floyd traffic from eclipse. it is, to quote the cover: "A Selection of Music And Dialogue From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" the big draw is floyd: almost 17 minutes of 'interstellar overdrive' and another (very nearly) 12 minutes of 'nicks boogie'. i found this one copy, after i had made the rounds here in berkeley about a half dozen times since hearing about it. it was wedged in the pink floyd section and i snapped it up. this just appeared, one copy, and now it is gone; but with luck, more will show up. sadly, it seems that none of the record stores have much desire to help. further complicating things, there have been changes in the us (thank you lawyers, one and all) with respect to import material. if there is a domestic version of something, it is now very difficult (at best) to import any copies -- which is why the "import" section in cd shops is virtually all material from "independents". if you have a helpful shop, they *can* order it: there is no domestic version (and i take some of the wording on the cd to indicate that there won't be), so there should be no real hassle. executive summary: Tonite Let's All Make Love In London...Plus Various Artists SEE CD 258 See For Miles Records, Ltd. the details are (from the front and rear of the cd package, without permission): <<< very long! here's your chance to bail out>>> Peter Whitehead's Definitive Statement On The Swinging City Tonite Let's All Make Love In London...Plus A Selection of Music And Dialogue From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack NOW CONTAINS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED FULL VERSION OF PINK FLOYD'S Interstellar Overdrive & Nick's Boogie SEE CD 258 Mono/Stereo See For Miles Records, Ltd. 1) Pink Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive * (Full Length Version) (Baarrett) (P)1990 16.46 2) Michael Caine (P)1968 0.09 3) Marquess of Kensington - Changing of the Guard (Leander-Mills) (P)1968 2.50 4) Twice As Much - Night Time Girl (Skinner-Rose) (P)1968 2.45 5) "Dolly Bird" - Interview (P)1968 0.48 6) Chris Farlowe - Out of Time (Jagger-Richard) (P)1968 3.13 7) Edna O'Brien - Interview (P)1968 2.23 8) Pink Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive (Reprise) (Barrett) (P)1968 0.30 9) Andrew Loog Oldham (P)1968 0.22 10) Vashti - WInter Is Blue (Bunyon-Skinner) (P)1968 1.27 11) Andrew Loog Oldham - Interview (P)1968 1.24 12) Vashti - WInter Is Blue (Reprise) (Bunyon-Skinner) (P)1968 1.32 13) Mick Jagger - Interview (P)1968 3.19 14) Julie Christie - Interview (P)1968 0.48 15) Michael Caine - Interview (P)1968 1.28 16) Chris Farlowe - Paint It Black (Jagger-Richard) (P)1968 2.52 17) Alan Aldridge - Interview (P)1968 0.46 18) Chris Farlowe - Paint It Black (Instrumental Reprise) (Jagger-Richard) (P)1968 0.24 19) David Hockney (P)1968 0.09 20) The Small Faces - Here Comes The Nice (Marriott-Lane) (P)1968 3.02 21) Lee Marvin (P)1968 0.46 22) Pink Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive (Reprise) (Barrett) (P)1968 0.58 23) Alan Ginsberg - Tonite Let's All Make Love In London (Ginsberg) (P)1968 1.08 24) Pink Floyd - Nick's Boogie * (Pink Floyd) (P)1990 11.50 Original Sound Recordings Made By Immediate Records (P)1968 Under License From Castle Communications PLC Except * (P)1990 Licensed Exclusively From Lorrimer Films Ltd. This Compilation (P)1990 See For Miles Records Ltd. (C)1990 See For Miles Records Ltd. Project Co-ordination By Colin Miles Also Available on LP SEEG 258 and Cassette SEEK 258 Sleeve By Whisper Design We highly recommend "NORA and....", Peter Whitehead's first published novel, available on Brookside Press, distributed by John Walsh, Kettering Books, 14 Horsemarket, Kettering, NN16 ODQ Photographic Stills From The Film Exclusively Licensed From Lorrimer Films Ltd. For full catalogue send L1.00 Postal Order of Overseas $3.00 and also enclose a large self-addressed envelope to P.O. Box 328, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 2NE --------------- well, there you have it: near as i can type it anyway. my appologies for being forced to use an 'L' to approximate the symbol for pounds sterling above, but i wanted to preserve the text as much as possible. capitalization and such are theirs, if i've made a typo it's mine. when i said in the original post that this was the best us$22 that i've spent in a long while it was based upon 'interstellar overdrive' alone. 'nicks boogie' made it doubly worthwhile! as i said, i have only seen one copy of this, but then to date i have seen exactly *zero* copies of 'zabriskie point' or 'when the wind blows' in cd. and, after the rapid evaporation of 10 or 12 copies, 'relics' seems to no longer be available in berkeley. (sigh) /----------------\ NB: as you can see there is only one ttfn, | ( (o) (o) ) | of me in this space. bear. | ( __ ) | this is my personal view. h.w.neff | ( \/ ) | bear@tcs.com | ( ---- ) | bear /-/^/\/=/-/- \----------------/ o/__________________________________________________________________________ o\ detach here before... [From: David Barker Date: Fri, 3 May 91 15:06:03 +0100] Dear All, Here's some info on TLAMLIL. I won't repeat the track-listing and publishing details since these were put out by 'bear' a while ago. The brief background to TLAMLIL is that it is a film celebration of the 'swinging Sixties' in London, made by Peter Whitehead who directed a couple of promotional films for the Rolling Stones. The CD booklet contains quite a long piece about the film and those who contributed to the soundtrack. The part relating to the Floyd reads as follows: "His (Whitehead's) cast were the hip and groovy of the time and he set about capturing them in their natural habitats talking about how cool they were and about their freedom. Freedom for the Pink Floyd in 1967 meant breaking away from interminable American r'n'b covers into their own free-form compositions. The Floyd's manager Peter Jenner was later to claim that he steered them away from r'n'b because he he was never very fond of it. Roger Waters drily siad that the band had to break away from r'n'b after original guitarist Bob Close left because none of the rest of them knew how to play it. The Floyd were virtually the house band for the early days of the underground playing at the UFO and at the 14-hour Technicolour Dream at Alexandra Palace. But as hit-singles gave the band a national reputation they were to find that the freedom to experiment given to them by London's in-crowd was not matched on the dance-hall circuit. (At this point the incident about Roger getting hit on the head by a coin thrown from the audience is recounted. I think this appears in Miles - the text is certainly familiar.) (...) The version of 'Interstellar Overdrive' contained here, which has been acclaimed by some Floyd fans as the finest thing the band ever recorded, comes from their first propoer recording sessions: Joe Boyd and Peter Whitehead took them into the eight-track facilities of Sound Techniques in Chelsea and in the same sessions also recorded 'Nick's Boogie' and both sides the the Floyd's first single 'Arnold Layne'/'Candy and the currant bun'. Some will tell you they can discern in the improvisations of this 'Interstellar Overdrive' the beginnings of two other Floyd classics 'Pow R Toc H' and 'Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk'. 'Interstellar Overdrive' - a track the band were to describe as being like a cross between the theme to 'Steptoe and Son' and something by Love - was a firm Floyd favourite of the period. Weeks before, when they had their first ever trip to a studio to cut a demo tape, they had chosen to try it out then. That version was later to grace the soundtrack of another 1967 film 'San Francisco'. The version here is now released in its full sixteen minutes plus glory for the first time ver on record as it was originally recorded. Plus as well 'Nick's Boogie' which was recorded for the film but never used by Whitehead. It is included on this CD release as time now allows us to. This fascinating instrumental jam by Pink Floyd has never before been available but is very much part of the experimental Sixties." My reactions .... The vesion of Interstellar Overdrive is very different from the one on Relics (is this the same as the one on Piper?). It is obviously much more of an improvisation and contains many more changes of tempo. Also, Syd manages to produce some astonishing sounds from his guitar. Nick's Boogie is also very much free-form and very spacey. As I listened to it for the first time I am sure I heard many of the ideas which were later transferred into 'Set the Controls', 'Saucerful', 'Cymbaline' and other tracks from the early Gilmour period. Unfortunately I wasn't able to play the CD too loud. If you prefer the more tuneful Floyd songs then this won't be for you. However, if, like me, you enjoy the really celestial, very-Syd sound of the earliest years then TLAMLIL is not to be missed. Some of the sounds Syd manages to coax out of his Telecaster during both these tracks are unlike anything else the Floyd put down on record, much more like what they did live but the quality of most live recordings from that time is so poor. By the way there are two reprises of Interstellar Overdrive on the CD, each about 40 seconds long. They are just exact replays of the start of the main track and contain nothing new. I didn't bother to listen to the rest of the tracks. Maybe one day ... I paid 10 UK pounds for my copy and for over 25 minutes of very rare Floyd I consider it worthwhile. I would recommend it without hesitation. David P.S. At the end of the text in the booklet thanks are expressed to a variety of people for their contribution. Among these is "Andy Mabbett from the Pink Floyd fanzine The Amazing Pudding". Nice one, Andy!

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