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Post 2009-09-13 01:59   [Quote] 
Rome Pop Festival 1968 (Mr. Anonymous - voltarized)
May 4-6, 1968
Palazzo Dello Sport,
Rome, Italy

An 18 minute overview of this legendary festival, I was told this copy came straight from the BBC's archives.
The very brief live performance snippets featured include Capt. Beefheart, Donovan, Pink Floyd, Julie Driscoll & The Brian Auger Trinity, Samauri & more.

Two different gig flyers suggest this was originally slated as a 4-day event; the film claims it was shortened by four whole days due to poor attendance + crowd control issues & that The Move closed the festival on the third & final night.

I received this dvd with the notion that it was the long-lost festival documentary film "Rome Goes Pop".
At a sparse 18min and with no mention of that title at any point of the film, I suspect this might just be an un-aired, lost or never re-aired BBC project that hasn't made it out of the vaults until now. The Beefheart clip featured here has circulated since the vhs days, but as a whole, I can find no mention of this complete 18 minute piece anywhere on the net.

Most interesting & controversial is the 1.5 minute clip of Pink Floyd performing "It Would Be So Nice".
To my ears, the audio sounds like the studio version of the song played over top of a (absolutely un-heard of & never-before-seen) live video rendition of the song. Watch the footage (specifically Richard's lips), there's no disputing that they are in fact performing this song & that it happened at this festival.

But the heart of the controversy lies in a near 7 minute video rendition of "Interstellar Overdrive" that surfaced on youtube* a few years back and was thought to be taken from the lost "Rome Goes Pop" film.
Clearly that 7 minutes of video and the 1.5 minutes of Floyd featured in this documentary are NOT from the same show.
Three of the four Floyd members are in different dress and for added measure, the gear behind Nick's drum kit does not match. Finally the 7min "IO" footage incorporates all sorts of psychedelic imagery, while the performance sampled in the documentary offer no such shenanigans. A mystery.

I've decided to include "IO" as a bonus anyway, to more or less re-spark what has long been a very debated & analyzed performance in the history of The Floyd. It comes from the dvd bootleg, Pink Floyd "Psychedelic Chronicles" (by Apocalypse Sound).

documentary running time : 18.19
"bonus" running time : 6.57

* edit: appeared on Harvested's PF Anthology Vol. 1 which is the definitive version of the clip.

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Thank you very much for this! Smile

(BTW, of course the correct spelling of the location is "Palazzo dello Sport"; the main menu has "Pallazo dello Sport" instead)

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I really enjoyed that! Excellent quality for picture and sound! Thanks, Mr. Anonymous, voltarized & hothcanada. Smile

hothcanada wrote:

Pink Floyd performing "It Would Be So Nice".
To my ears, the audio sounds like the studio version of the song
I agree, sounds like the studio cut. Maybe the audio for Floyd was fucked and they decided to throw in the album version for this little film?
Thanks for the add-on of Floyd's IO. Excellent! Wonder where it's from, if not Rome?

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Thank you so much for this DVD!!!
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