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What was played at the BBC shows

In 1970 and 1971 Pink Floyd played at John Peels BBC show. The exacts dates and performance details for these shows have been shrouded in confusion for years, and has been given wrongly in numerous publications (including the BBC – In Session Tonight and earlier versions of this document.).

These shows include some of the best and most popular “live” performances of early Floyd material. Recently some Floyd fans have done a lot of effort resulting in 2 CD-R RoIOs (Mooed music, and Meddled) which contain the best and most complete recordings of these shows

16 July, 1970. BBC’s Paris Theatre, London UK.
Sounds of the Seventies: John Peel Show, BBC 1 Radio.
Recorded on the 16th
Broadcasted on 19july70 at 4:00 PM and
rebroadcasted on 22jul70 at 6:00 PM
“The Embryo” – 10:30
“Fat Old Sun” – 5:00
“Green Is The Colour”/”Careful with that Axe, Eugene” – 11:30
“If” – 4:30
“Atom Heart Mother” – 26:00
Total time: 60:00

This is the only live performance of “If” by Pink Floyd, with Roger on acoustic guitar and Rick on bass and organ simultaneously (Roger did perform it numerous times on his solo tours). “Atom Heart Mother” was performed with the accompaniment of The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
The Fat Old Sun is missing from the BBC transcription discs, and is only available because Floyd fans recorded the radio show all those years ago. The quality of this track is therefore less on the Mooed music ROIO. Most common RoIOs omit this song altogether.

30 September, 1971. BBC’s Paris Theatre, London UK.
Recording for the John Peel Show, BBC 1 Radio
Recorded on the 12th of October
Broadcast at 10:00 pm
“Embryo” – 10:30
“Blues” – 5:00
“Fat Old Sun” – 15:00
“One of These Days” – 8:00
“Echoes” – 28:00
Total time: 68:00

Note: “The John Peel Show” was only 55 minutes long. “Embryo” and “Blues” were never broadcast in the UK. (see the Note manpage) They were only aired on WNEW-FM, New York City, USA sometime in 1971. This WNEW portion was broadcast only once, unfortunately, and features the station’s call sign (“This is WNEW…”) in the middle of Embryo. As a result of this all versions of Embryo in circulation either have a rough (or very smooth) edit, or contain the call sign. The 1971 and 1970 shows are rebroadcast nearly every year in the USA on the “King Biscuit Flour Hour.” However, it is a combination version of the two shows and is incomplete.

Although rumor has it that a special broadcast was made on the AM (Medium Wave), which featured One Of These Days, Fat Old Sun, The Embryo and Echoes. If this is true, I’d like to receive a tape of this show ;)

With the exception of the aforementioned Mooed and Meddled RoIOs, all RoIOs I’ve come across of these shows are incomplete to varying degrees, some are audibly mastered from vinyl and/or are a combination of both shows.

5 comments on the “What was played at the BBC shows” page

  1. November 5th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    ian roy millington

    i have a bbc transcription disc from 1983, which compiles 4 tracks from the JP paris theatre gigs.
    it was presented by Richard Skinner [2nd show of the series]
    a1 – 1970 – embryo @ 10`02″
    a2 – 1970 – green is…careful… @ 10`46″ with transition at 3`32″
    a3 – 1971 – one of these…@6`46″
    b – 1971 – atom….@25`56″

    ps. the vinyl is a green coloured label unofficial pressing from the plant, secreted out the back door.

  2. November 5th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    ian roy millington

    sorry, quick amendment.
    ps. should read ‘black’ label colour. instead of ‘green’

  3. November 5th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    ian roy millington

    radio show ‘entitled’ Classic Concerts

  4. March 17th, 2013 at 2:04 pm


    I have a tape of embryo from a John Peel broadcast made in 191/1972, will be am at that time. There are no baby voices in it and rather than conclude, it seems to drift into a sort of
    a ‘blues/meddle’ arrangement. I’d like to know more about it as I’m missing the last minute or so. If the person who wrote faq/q38 can contact me, I can send him a copy of the tape or mp3 if there’s no copyright problem. I have already got about six different versions of this track, including the ‘Paris theatre’ version and it is not any of these versions, so it may well have
    been a one-off am broadcast. I did have the John Peel commentary at the beginning about it being a ‘demo’ but unfortunately that got overwritten.


  5. May 27th, 2014 at 10:35 pm


    i have an old white label vinyl bootleg , titled “floyds of london’ that i bought from kensington Market on kensington high street in around 1975. The front features old Letraset typo and the back has the track listing written by hand. From what i can tell its the 1971 john peel show but i’m checking the tracking again in light of what’s written above. I transferred the contents to MP3 and its brilliant. I think this is the closest Floyd ever got to an ‘unplugged’ show.


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