Pink Floyd - Plumpton, Recorder 1, 3rd gen (Marbal-Neonknight) (24-96)
Album info
Length  : 35:44
Format  : FLAC
Rating  : 7
Live  : Yes
Recording Date  : 08-08-1969
Track List
01 Announcements 01:02
02 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 09:46
03 Tuning up 00:44
04 Cymbaline 09:30
05 The Beginning 03:36
06 Beset By Creatures Of The Deep 06:07
07 The Narrow Way 04:59

Recorded at the 9th National Jazz & Blues Festival, Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, Sussex, UK. Great audience recording.

From the info file:

Pink Floyd 1969-08-08 Plumpton, Recorder 1, Marbal 3rd gen (24bit/96kHz)

Pink Floyd
8 August 1969
9th National Jazz & Blues Festival, Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, Sussex, England

Lineage: 3rd Gen Maxell Epitaxial XLII90 chrome cassette > *Technics RS-B965-M > Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 > Reaper v4.61 and iZotope RX3 > FLAC (24bit/96kHz)

xACT used to create FFP
*The Technics RS-B965-M is a modified deck - for details see the forum

01 Announcements and tuneups
02 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
03 Tuneups
04 Cymbaline
'The Journey'
05 The Beginning
06 Beset By Creatures Of The Deep
07 The Narrow Way

Total running time: 35 mins 44 secs

A single channel transfer of marbal's copy of Anders V's recording. Marbal received his tape in 1988 and it was recorded with Dolby B.

Like all copies of this recorder, the recording has a very low level hum at around 60Hz. I tackled it using iZotope's remove hum module and it is now largely eliminated.

My thanks, as ever, to goldenband for his speed correction advice. The first part of Marbal's cassette runs at more or less the same speed but over the course of GITC > CWTAE > Narrow Way the speed increases gradually until it's close to +6% by the end. Perhaps dying batteries was the cause. We chose to use a correction value of -4.73% for the full tape. That put the first part at the proper speed and the rest a lot closer.

One of 42 acts scheduled, the Floyd were booked to appear at 10.25 p.m. for an hour on Friday 8 August, following UFO club friends and rivals Soft Machine and closing the first night of the 3-day festival. Future collaborators Ron Geesin and Roy Harper appeared on the other two days, along with major groups such as The Who.

The festival comperes, one of whom can be heard at the start of the tape, were John C Gee (Marquee Club) and Colin Caldwell (Marquee Studios).

Including a nice Ummagumma style sleeve photo, the event programme noted in the style of the time that Pink Floyd's 'music is so highly personal many a pagan has been converted to their musical conceptions.' For their 'unique, avant garde' contribution to proceedings records show that the band were paid 600.

Because of power problems affecting the preceding bands, some accounts suggest the Floyd played their set in the early hours of Saturday morning when, it's commonly reported, a good part of the audience had gone to sleep. It's possible therefore that we should therefore really be referring to the date of this tape as 9 August 1969. International Times 63 records the start time differently, however suggesting the 'the Floyd finally appeared at 11, very cool and unconcerned by it all'.

IT went on to say that 'their sound was as nicely balanced as it's ever been outdoors but there was a controlling restraint that went through the first part of their set which was unfortunate under the circumstances, as already there were hang-ups with the last train.'

Marbal cassette / Neonknight tape transfer, August 2015