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Post 2010-11-19 17:12   [Quote] 
Pink Floyd - Interstellar Zappadrive
Actuel Music Festival, Amougies, Belgium, October 25, 1969

Label: HRV CDR031

Audio Source: CD 1 Audience (Speed corrected) / CD 2 Soundboard

Sound Quality: A-

Lineage: Original Harvested SHN-files --> FLAC level 8 --> MWP
(see protocol file for conversion details)

Artwork: Included

Gallery links:

Number of Discs: 2
Total running time: (77:43 / 25:14)


Taken from

From Harvested Weeds ( Introducing Interstellar Zappadrive!! HRV-CDR-031. The complete Pink Floyd
performance from October 25, 1969 at the Actuel Music Festival.

These (above tracks) are all from the new audience source recently uncovered. They have been speed corrected and carefully mastered
by the Harvested staff. These 8 tracks all fit nicely on a single 80 minute disc.

However, the shn disc now being seeded has 3 bonus tracks. These are the soundboard tracks from this show that were
broadcast on the radio. After some digging, we found the best source and put in our own handiwork.

The following comments were ripped from The Pink Floyd Database at
Also speedcorrected and pitch corrected version of the original seed of the audience recording, slightly at diff speed than
"Let's Be Frank..." though. The shn disc comes with bonus material from the supposed radio broadcast (soundboard source), but is not
mentioned as a D2 on the artwork. -Furry_Animal


Notes that came with the ORIGINAL recording (from which all others have come from):

source: audience recording

Our Amougies series continues with probably the most anticipated performance of all - Pink Floyd's. Of course,
the version of "Interstellar Overdrive" with Frank Zappa, long presumed lost, will now be familiar to most, but I'm
sure this complete set will be of high interest to Floyd fans. As previously stated, the taper (JJB) didn't record
everything, but when he did, he generally recorded complete sets. There are exceptions though, and Freedom is one of
them - presumably after a few minutes the taper thought the band wasn't worth taping? Still, better than nothing!
Also, there are obvious issues with the sound quality. Firstly, the tape recorder used was way below modern
standards and the sound is nowhere near "professional" quality. Secondly, in order to save on batteries, the taper
occasionally turned the recorder off between songs, resulting in a few truncated introductions. These reservations aside,
however, this is simply an unbelievable document of a legendary festival, and so our hearfelt thanks to the taper
for recording this at the time, and for allowing me to seed it here.

Disc 1 - 80.33 *
1 Astronomy Domine 10.53
2 Green Is The Colour 3.37
3 Careful With That Axe 10.08
4 Tuning w/ Frank Zappa 2.48
5 Interstellar Overdrive 21.03
6 Set The Controls 13.28
7 Saucerful Of Secrets 18.36

* (my comment): You can compare the disc and track
times to get an idea of how much HRV slowed the

Taken from

Thirty eight years ago, Paris was slated tohave its first rock festival, the Festival "Actuel".

The festival did occur, but due to bureaucratic nonsense it ended up in Belgium. It must have been one hell of a scene, though.
If you look at the list of bands below (click to embiggen) there are some amazing possibilities. I recognize the name Aynsley
Dunbar from his work with Zappa and Jefferson Starship, and likewise recognize Keith Tippet from his brief stint with King Crimson
in the 70s, but don't know if either of these bands was ever recorded. Better known bands included Yes, the Nice, and the Pretty
Things. Zappa was there first as Capt. Beefheart's road manager, and soon stepped up to being the MC for the festival. This presented
certain problems, however, since the audience spoke little English and Zappa's command of French was tenuous at best. He abdicated
those duties and ended up playing as a guest with many of the bands instead. One of them was Pink Floyd.


...this delicious 20 minute jam from October 25 1969. On that night Zappa joined Pink Floyd onstage to improvise through an
uncustomarily long and experimental version of the already long and experimental Syd Barrett classic Interstellar Overdrive.

When I found this, I actually found two different versions of it. One was called Interstellar Zappadrive and the other was Let's Be
Frank. Being as it doesn't cost anything, I downloaded them both and gave them both a listen. Not only was IZ the better sounding
audience recording, it also came with a few alternate soundboard cuts. What I have here, though, is from the audience - no board of
the Zappa stuff. It sounds pretty damn good, though, and has become a favored listen here Under the Bridge. Those of us familiar
with Gilmour and Zappa's styles will be able to pick them apart, and it's amazing how easily Zappa fits in with and influences
what's going on with the song.

Info: Thirtyfirst in a series of Harvested uploads...


Disc 1
01 Astronomy Domine 9:51
02 Green Is The Colour 4:10
03 Careful With That Axe Eugene 9:44
04 Tuning Up With Zappa 2:29
05 Interstellar Overdrive 20:33
06 Tuning Up 0:51
07 Set The Controls 12:07
08 A Saucerful Of Secrets 17:58

Disc 2
01 Green Is The Colour (SBD) 4:14
02 Careful With That Axe Eugene (SBD) 9:44
03 Set The Controls (SBD) 11:16

FLAC fingerprints:
(use these to check file integrity, and also if you are unsure whether you already have the same files or not - the prints remain the same even if file names and tags are edited, so if you have the same files, the fingerprints will match)

Disc 1
01 Astronomy Domine.flac:46397dd7c31423162d52e6ab98a8f47a
02 Green Is The Colour.flac:493fc57376ae4a4375eacad719e0d24d
03 Careful With That Axe Eugene.flac:71e8a44f368d45c8479d05e9f0995867
04 Tuning Up With Zappa.flac:99c27fe9497aeafd24a64e3e20f5e317
05 Interstellar Overdrive.flac:c160422d8b0a45575c588ceb79320168
06 Tuning Up.flac:d9ef5fcede5534ac134d0fb229d69be5
07 Set The Controls.flac:13e58873bee63b709523ef9289af72ea
08 A Saucerful Of Secrets.flac:329e9a23d42f0115a20dfd0508847c36

Disc 2
201 Green Is The Colour (SBD).flac:2b867f02bf4d961c24c61d5f19fca4fb
202 Careful With That Axe Eugene (SBD).flac:97902a7dc6347e53958e551fd65e2066
203 Set The Controls (SBD).flac:532c44a1fd64d208ed1898fb3c4b9ed4

Torrent History: Originally seeded to Mind-Warp PaVilion by xuncat on December 29, 2007.

WackoBros&Sista thank the Harvested boys for their releases Very Happy
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Post 2010-11-19 17:41   [Quote] 
Thanks! I know I have a version of the PF - Zappa performance somewhere, but it is no way an A- quality recording. Looking forward to hearing this.
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Post 2010-11-19 18:02   [Quote] 
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Post 2010-11-20 01:51   [Quote] 
I'm glad you rated it A- as it made me download it to compare to the version I already have. Which I can't remember the quality of anyway. Plus PF were an early love of mine - I'm listening to IO now BTW and it's certainly different to any version I remember hearing before, but no way would I grade this A-. Having said that, for a 40+year old recording, it's very listenable and makes me think the recording equipment was state of the art at the time; a UHER (as used by FZ- now there's a conspiracy theory brewing!) or some other broadcast quality machine. Reel to reel baby! Sounds great even if Eq (hissy, but not very) or compression (not too "fat") has been applied.
Whatever (as my kids would say). I'm very grateful to receive this gem. Thanks.

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Post 2010-11-20 02:23   [Quote] 
Cheers, definitely an upgrade to the version I have! Guitar Solo Al
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Post 2010-11-20 05:20   [Quote] 
Yes, sound quality for second CD: A- But for first CD with Zappa, Sound quality: B- or C
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Post 2010-11-20 19:13   [Quote] 
I still wonder why Zappa in "the lost interview" compeltely denied that he played with Pink Floyd ever.


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Post 2010-11-20 20:51   [Quote] 
bleachboy wrote:
I still wonder why Zappa in "the lost interview" compeltely denied that he played with Pink Floyd ever.

He forgot?
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Post 2011-01-22 15:21   [Quote] 
drdork wrote:
bleachboy wrote:
I still wonder why Zappa in "the lost interview" compeltely denied that he played with Pink Floyd ever.

He forgot?

I am sure he had his reasons

maybe didnt want the progressive rock tag ?

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Post 2011-01-22 15:26   [Quote] 
doctorzap wrote:
drdork wrote:
bleachboy wrote:
I still wonder why Zappa in "the lost interview" compeltely denied that he played with Pink Floyd ever.

He forgot?

I am sure he had his reasons

maybe didnt want the progressive rock tag ?

Or just checking to see if you were paying attention? Particularly in the case of the interviewer.

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Post 2011-06-26 01:24   [Quote] 
Thank You TheThingfish !

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