Fat Old Sun //

Back in high school, I stumbled upon a rare recording of Pink Floyd’s “Fat Old Sun” from their Meddle album. It was a 15-minute live version of the ~5 minute original  – recorded at the BBC in 1971. (9/30/71 to be precise.) Anyway, it was probably one of the most amazing things I had ever heard and I listened to it over and over… and over and over. I had the MP3 for a while but, eventually, I lost it. I thought about that track every now and then but was never able to find it for download.

Well, Grooveshark eventually came to my rescue. They had that live recording of Fat Old Sunthat I had loved over a decade ago but, as you may know, Grooveshark provides no way to download the track and keep it for the sake of posterity. (I’ll admit, I even tried Orbit Downloader to grab the track to no avail. Don’t bother installing that, btw.) All this to say that I eventually went on a search of the Interwebs to find this track, scouring through dozens upon dozens of pages featuring information (but no MP3s) on Pink Floyd ROIOs (recordings of indeterminate/illegitimate origin – mostly rare concerts) and finally found it:

http://www.tauthal.com/Weekly%20Broadcasts/Pink%20Floyd/Top%20Gear%20-%20BBC%20Live%20Session%20-%2009_30_1971/Archive%20Broadcast.html

That site has the whole concert available for download as one ZIP file and I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of the Floyd. (If the site goes down, let me know and I’m sure I can find it elsewhere on these “web tubes.”) If you do listen to it, I’m curious to know what you think.

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