PINK FLOYD – ” Interstellar Overdrive” New Mono Version 12″ Vinyl for Record Store Day 2017 Originaly Released 5th August 1967 50 Years Ago

Posted: April 8, 2017 in MUSIC
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Interstellar Overdrive” is an instrumental composition written and performed by Pink Floyd. The song was written in 1966, and is listed on their debut album, , released in 1967, clocking in at almost ten minutes in length.

With crazed musical mastermind Syd Barrett at the helm, Pink Floyd started the space race with this full tilt cosmic cacophony, and from there established an acid-soaked sound that would inspire generations of surreal psychedelic ensembles to come. Culled from their groundbreaking debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, it created a wash of distortion, improvisation and sonics that set heads spinning and audiences spiralling skyward.

The song originated when guitarist Syd Barrett heard the band’s manager Peter Jenner humming a song, which Barrett tried to interpret by playing it on his guitar. Musically sharing the same theme with “Astronomy Somine”, the piece was recorded in several takes between March and April 1967. An earlier, longer recording of the song can be heard on the soundtrack to the film “Tonite Lets All Make Love In London” which was recorded at Sound Technique Studios in early 1967, and was released in the same year. In October 31st anotherr session yielded a demo version of “Interstellar Overdrive” that eventually served as the soundtrack for “San Francisco”, a 15-minute documentary by filmmaker and Syd Barrett’s acquaintance Anthony Stern. Aside from its inclusion in the film, this recording, indeed, has never been officially released.

Pink Floyd will release this special 12-inch single to mark Record Store Day 2017.

They’ll launch Interstellar Overdrive – a previously unheard mono instrumental recording of the 1966 track – on April 15th on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl. It’ll play at 33⅓ RPM and will come with a fold-out poster and an A6 postcard featuring a classic image of the band taken while they were recording their debut single “Arnold Layne”.

A statement reads: “Written and performed by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, Interstellar Overdrive is an unheard recording from 1966, running at a hefty 14 minutes 57 seconds long.

“The original recording was done at the Thomson Studio in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, on November 31st, 1966, before the band were signed to EMI. “A different, shorter version of the track appears on the band’s debut album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” Other versions of the track appear on various bootlegs.

The piece has been covered by acts such as T.Rex, Pearl Jam Hawkwind the Melvins, and Simon House.

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