Our final pick for today in The 2020 PopCult Gift Guide is a must-have item for any true Pink Floyd fan. I’m talking about the folks who have an appreciation of the band’s early days, when Syd Barrett was the major creative force.
“Live at the Roundhouse” is unlike any other concert film connected with Pink Floyd. It s the nearest thing you can get to a time machine, transporting you back to the very earliest days of the band. Nick Mason, the only band member to have played on all of Pink Floyd’s studio albums, returns to the group’s earliest records, joined in the line-up by Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken.
Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets took the drummer back to clubs for the first time in 1967, then to theatres, across the UK, North America and Europe, playing only music his old band had recorded before The Dark Side of the Moon.
Captured from the band’s celebrated shows at London’s Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd played some of their most revered early shows in the 1960s, the film features a uniquely thrilling setlist including songs hailing from Syd Barrett’s time with the band. Only four songs from this eclectic roster have ever previously appeared on official live releases by Pink Floyd or its members. Everything else is being experienced for the first time since their original live performances.
This is also available as a CD or vinyl record, but there’s something about seeing the band perform these tunes live that completes the experience. You can find Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse at Amazon for under twenty bucks.
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