Pink Floyd - Plumpton Racecourse (24-96)
Album info
Length  : 36:12
Format  : FLAC
Rating  : 6
Live  : Yes
Recording Date  : 08-08-1969
Track List
01 Announcements - Tuneups 01:04
02 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 09:51
03 Tuneups 00:45
04 Cymbaline 09:34
05 The Beginning 03:38
06 Beset By Creatures Of The Deep 06:10
07 The Narrow Way 05:10

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

From the info file:

England 1969-08-08 (24bit/96kHz)
Recorder 1

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

Lineage: 3rd Gen Cassette (TDK SA90) > Revox B710 > Edirol UA-1EX > Audacity 1.3 > Wav (24bit/96kHz) ----> Samplitude10 (32bit float/96kHz) > Wav (24bit/96kHz) > CDWave (1.98) > FLAC

***Neonknight's Notes***
I received this tape in 2000 as part of a series of trades with a German collector who seemed to have a very good habit for owning recordings that sounded notably better than those commonly doing the rounds. He was a different trader to the one whom I got my 1971-06-04 set recently shared on Yeeshkul in case it’s of interest.

***Littlepieces' Mastering Notes***
This is a mono recording that was processed as two channel stereo as is often the case. The left channel varies from 1.6db - 3.5db less than the right but is mostly about 3db less. It has a variable phase shift from about 0.25ms-0.40ms. After running numerous tests on each channel, I determined that the weaker left channel did not have any more content than the right channel and in fact was missing some high frequency content. Given this is a mono recording, the best solution for these things is to eliminate the inferior left channel. This eliminates the phase shift, the channel level differences, and improves the S/N ratio (content-to-noise ratio).

There is a very low level hum around 60Hz. It was too broad to risk elimination so I moderated it by bringing it down to the surrounding signal. Except for the very beginning, it is now only briefly apparent and only if you are trying to detect it.

After trimming the excess dead air from the ends of the transfer, I applied a modest speed correction. Thanks to vince666 for his opinion about the speed of the 2nd gen version. I believe you will find the sound of this transfer to have a much fuller sound compared to previous versions of recorder 1.

01. [01:04] Announcements/Tuneups
02. [09:50] Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
03. [00:44] Tuneups
04. [09:33] Cymbaline
'The Journey'
05. [03:37] The Beginning
06. [06:09] Beset By Creatures Of The Deep
07. [05:10] The Narrow Way

[36:10] Total

Neonknight Tape / Little Pieces Production (LPP)

***Neonknight's Background Information For This Show***
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 2 days, along with major groups such as The Who.

The festival comperes, one of whom can presumably 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.”