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LONDON '66-'67

Pink Floyd

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2.90 | 175 ratings | 6 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Interstellar Overdrive (16:46)
2. Nick's Boogie (11:50)

Total Time 28:36

DVD material on 2005 reissue:
- London '66-'67, the original film with the full length video of "Interstellar Overdrive" and "Nick's Boogie".
- Interview footage from the 1960s of Mick Jagger, David Hockney, Michael Caine and Julie Christie.
- Footage capturing the London Scene in the late sixties.
- Overview by director Peter Whitehead.

Line-up / Musicians

- Syd Barrett / guitar, vocals
- Roger Waters / bass, guitar, vocals
- Nick Mason / drums
- Richard Wright / keyboards, vocals

Releases information

See for Miles (1995)
Snapper Music (SMACD924X, 2005) Remastered CD+DVD

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PINK FLOYD London '66-'67 ratings distribution

(175 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

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Review by frenchie
3 stars these 2 tracks are actually included on the album "Tonight, Lets All Make Love in London". This is good stuff even though it is blatently lacking in material, it is only an EP and is only meant to show off some rare floyd stuff. This is a good, but not essential listen. I recommend this to completionists but otherwise leave it as one of the last pink floyd records you buy.

Even though there are only two instrumentals, it is still miles better than "the final cut" and some of the albums after it. The extended version of interstellar overdrive features parts of other piper songs such as "Take up thy stethoscope and walk".

"Nicks Boogie" can be a stretch to listen to but it is worth a listen. Good for an EP and for completionists only is what this record is meant to be and it exceeds in that perfectly.

Review by Cluster One
2 stars This EP contains the first known live recordings of PINK FLOYD. They are taken from Peter Whitehead's short motion picture "Tonight Let's All Make Love in London" (although out-of-print it still available on Laser Disc, and VHS formats). The two tunes are also found on the "Tonight Let's All Make Love in London" Original Soundtrack. A 'special collector's edition' of this "London Live 66-67" CD was also released with an accompanying CD-ROM video of PINK FLOYD's performance. (I actually saw the imported version of this CD/CD-ROM initially priced at 85$ Cdn when first released!) So as you see, many different formats are available of these somewhat rare recordings.

As for the songs themselves, both are actually quite unique in their own way. The live version of 'Interstellar Overdrive' is far superior (and much longer) to the "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" offering. Syd Barrett's improvisational guitar work is appreciated here, and is definitely more representative of what the PINK FLOYD sounded like live early on in their psychadelic career.

Very uncharacteristically, Nick Mason takes centre stage for the only known version of the percussive 'Nick's Boogie', a wandering cacophony of a song. Although sounding a bit at times like a scary-movie soundtrack, this song has its moments, if you can stay focused as it noodles its way to the 11 minute mark. If you like the song 'A Saucerful of Secrets' than this might be for you.

The special edition (released in 1995, not 1999) cardboard cd case for "London Live 66-67" is quite exquisite. It has some contemporary still pics of Syd from the recording session, as well as the other 'cast members' of the "Tonite..." Movie.

For collectors and diehard FLOYD/BARRETT fans only! 2/5 stars

Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Interstellar Boogie!

Not really much to say about it, this is an EP which only shows a couple of their early psychedelic and longer tracks, two of the finest compositions made in the Barrett era, we can clearly notice it (of course if we know the band), because for those who doesn't know Pink Floyd, they would probably think this could be any other band but Floyd.

So what we have here is "Interstellar Overdrive" which is a clear example of their psychedelic roots, and which we can find inside The Piper of the Gates of Dawn, but this EP contains a live version of the song, whose time duration is even longer, so the trip will last more. This is an excellent song but actually you would not think that it is Pibk Floyd if you are only familiar with works like Darkside of the Moon or Wish You Were Here, the sound is completely different, instrumental song led by psychedelic guitars and some spacey synth sound here and there, the music might be repetitive but their value lies in those repetitions, though you might love or hate the song, feel bored or excited, it's your call.

Nick's Boogie as the name suggests, it's fouces on drums so Nick Mason's work here is remarkable, it is his song, his music, his sound, of course he makes this HIS song. And practically the style is similar to the first song, it is like a jamming with psychedelic tendencies which is growin and progressin through the minutes, the intensity also increases and decreases, you know like a carrousel. It is full of strange noises mainly created by guitars, though bass and keys also play a nice role on it, but as i pointed out firstly, the leadership is taken by the drums.

So there you have a couple of early Pink Floyd songs, both of them over ten minutes, so if you want to know thei earlier stuff and also played live, you can get this EP, i like it, it is good, but i do not play it frequently and i honestly would not recommend it, so only if you are a PF fan, then you should get it without a doubt.

My final grade: 2 stars.

Enjoy it!

Review by VianaProghead
2 stars Review Nš 49

Pink Floyd were formed in 1965, and originally consisted of four university students Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. In 1963 Mason and Waters initially met each other while they were studying architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic, in London. The pair first played together on a band with some other band members, and later, another fellow also a student, Wright, joined to them. The name of the band was Sigma 6. In the late of 1963, with the age of 17, Barrett arrived at London to study at the Camberwell College of Art. Waters and Barrett were childhood friends. Waters often visited Barrett when he played guitar at his mother's house in Cambridge. Meanwhile, the original name of Sigma 6 changed to others on several occasions. In 1964, some band members left the group to form another band. So, one year later in 1965, the four students joined together and form the new band, The Pink Floyd Sound. The Pink Floyd Sound was created by Barrett and the name was derived from the names of two blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, whose records Barrett had in his personal musical collection. The band's name was simplified, ending just as Pink Floyd.

When Barrett began to write his own musical compositions, strongly influenced by the British and the American psychedelic rock, soon Pink Floyd became as one of the favourite groups in the underground movement. So, the band was playing regularly at some places like the UFO Club, The Marquee Club and The Roundhouse.

At the end of 1966, Pink Floyd were invited to contribute with some songs to the film who was to be called 'Tonight Let's All Make Love In London' of Peter Whitehead. Whitehead began working on a project for the British Film Institute, a documentary which had the finality to transmit the essence of the live, in that authentic kaleidoscopic period, of the London's cultural history. In 11 January 1967, Pink Floyd went into the Sound Techniques Studio, in London, for a two days demo sessions, and they were filmed while the band played two long instrumental pieces 'Interstellar Overdrive' and 'Nick's Boogie'. Only a few excerpts of the Pink Floyd's music, made the final cut of 'Tonight Let's All Make Love In London', which eventually screened in December 1967. Nevertheless, these two songs were released on a kind of a live EP called 'London 66-67' and on a DVD, with the same name, both released in 1999.

This live album, with only two tracks, contains the first known live recordings of Pink Floyd. The Barrett's musical era of Pink Floyd is a strange audio experience indeed, and those who are familiar only with the band's music from the 70's and 80's musical material, might be a little bit surprised and even shocked with some lack of cohesion, melody and musical arrangements of their earlier musical period. This was only pure psychedelic music, added with an avant-garde attitude and experimentation, jazz, classical and a kind of an earlier progressive rock.

So and as I wrote before, the group performed two pieces of music in the Sound Techniques Studio. 'Interstellar Overdrive' was originally a psychedelic musical composition written in 1966, which appears for the first time on their debut studio album 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' released in 1967 and with almost ten minutes length. At the time it was a staple for the band. However, the live version on this live album, as I said before, is an earlier version with almost seventeen minutes and which was recorded for the documentary film of Whitehead. This live version is, in my humble opinion, a superior version of its studio version, and is also more representative of the Pink Floyd's psychedelic sound of their earlier musical career. 'Nick's Boogie' was originally a song which was never recorded on any Pink Floyd studio albums. It's a live improvisation of an experimental piece of music based on Mason's drum work. This track has some interesting drum work, but is definitely much less interesting than the previous one.

Conclusion: This live album, is without any doubt an undeniable and historical very interesting live document, especially because it represents the first and rare live document by this indispensable and historical band, and also because it has a very rare participation, on live, of their founding guitarist band member, Barrett. Sincerely, this was the only real reason that made me buy this live album. For some who enjoy the groovy 60's musical aura, this live album probably will be a great album, but for the others, it might be a little bit boring and a disappointing thing. 'Live 66-67' is a very special Pink Floyd's album. If you are a fanatic fan of the earlier Pink Floyd's musical career, especially with Barrett as a band member, this is definitely a compulsory purchase. However, if you are only a fan of their more elaborated musical stage of the 70's and 80's, beware of it. For me, this is a nice album with some musical and historical interest, but that I don't play usually, and that I sincerely don't recommend to anyone, unless you are a real fanatic Pink Floyd's fan. So, I sincerely think that this is definitely an album only for collectors and fans, like me.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

Latest members reviews

1 stars This is the soundtrack to the DVD of the same name, and deserve an equal review. The music is very psychedelic - too much so for my enjoyment. There is very little direction or structure. The music is at times interesting, but mainly bland and simply irritating. It grows very repetitive. And, on t ... (read more)

Report this review (#128160) | Posted by Shakespeare | Wednesday, July 11, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This album is one of the least popular or recognized Pink Floyd albums. I bought it a long time when I had no idea what kind of music Pink Floyd played. Despite the popular belief, this is not a live album so the sound quality is awesome. Anyways, on to the songs: 01. Interstellar Overdrive (1 ... (read more)

Report this review (#95501) | Posted by Axel Dyberg | Monday, October 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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