List of unreleased Pink Floyd songs


List of unreleased Pink Floyd songs

Pink Floyd are known to have performed and/or recorded a number of songs and instrumentals which have never been officially released on a single or album. Only those whose existence can be reliably confirmed are listed here. Bootleg recordings of the majority of them exist.

Contents

Syd Barrett–era unreleased songs

I'm a King Bee

"I'm a King Bee" was written by blues musician Slim Harpo and was recorded by Pink Floyd in late 1965 by the original line-up: Barrett, Klose, Waters, Wright and Mason. This song was released in 1996 on a two track mini-CD that came bundled with an Italian, now-withdrawn, 96-page book "A Fish Out of Water" (not to be confused with the children's book of the same name).

Lucy Leave

"Lucy Leave" is one of the first songs of Pink Floyd. It was written in 1965 by Syd Barrett and was recorded in late 1965 from the original line-up of Pink Floyd - Barrett, Bob Klose, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. This song was released in 1996 on a two track mini-CD that came bundled with an Italian, now-withdrawn, 96-page book "A Fish Out of Water" (not to be confused with the children's book of the same name). Several other bands have covered the song, including Wellwater Conspiracy and Pink Stainless Tail.

Butterfly

"Butterfly" (aka Flutter By Butterfly[1]) is one of five songs recorded by Pink Floyd in 1965 where they recorded Lucy Leave, (I'm A) King Bee, Double O-Bo, and Remember Me.[2] It is reported to be the first song written by Barrett in 1964, and has yet to see an official release.

Remember Me

"Remember Me" [3] is one of five songs recorded by Pink Floyd during the Regent Sound sessions in 1965 when they also recorded Lucy Leave, (I'm A) King Bee, Double O-Bo, and Butterfly. It was written by Barrett in 1964, and has yet to see an official release.

Double O Bo

"Double O Bo" is one of five songs recorded by Pink Floyd in 1965 when they also recorded Lucy Leave, (I'm A) King Bee, Butterfly, and Remember Me. It was written by Barrett in 1965, and has yet to see an official release.

The song's title describes its influences: "Bo Diddley meets the 007 theme."[2]

Walk With Me Sydney

"Walk With Me Sydney"[3] is a Roger Waters song written in 1965 that took its title from Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' "Work With Me Henry" and was a novelty number. Waters had written it for Syd and Juliette Gale (Rick Wright's wife) to sing.

It has been believed that the song has never been recorded. However, while revising band's catalogue for Why Pink Floyd...? campaign, the original demo for the song has been discovered. Nick Mason has confirmed this in an interview with Spinner, nothing that it has been found in archives by friend of Richard Wright, along with other demos.[4]

I Get Stoned (Stoned Alone)

I Get Stoned is an unreleased Syd Barrett song. Recorded in autumn 1966. Very little is known about the song, apart from its opening line "Sitting Here All Alone/I Get Stoned". Could possibly be the original title and same song as "Living Alone" recorded during the 1970 album sessions for Syd Barrett's second solo album, "Barrett".

Let's Roll Another One

"Let's Roll Another One" was written by Syd Barrett later retitled "Candy And A Currant Bun" before being released in 1967. It features the original lyrics which were altered for the released single, allegedly due to concerns about the acceptability of drug references, and can be found on bootlegs like "Feed Your Head".

She Was a Millionaire

"She Was a Millionaire" is a Barrett song, recorded at Abbey Road in April 1967, and was considered as a possible follow-up single to "See Emily Play".

The opening lines are thought to be "She Was A Millionaire/She Had Some Time To Spare". It was never completed by Pink Floyd, and the master tapes for the song no longer exist, however elements from the song would later become part of Barrett's solo song "Opel" recorded in 1969, and a very loose instrumental version was attempted by Syd during the sessions for the Barrett album in 1970. But once again the song wasn't completed in a releasable form, although this 1970 instrumental still exists in EMI's tape archive.

Scream Thy Last Scream

"Scream Thy Last Scream" is an attempt by Barrett to record a follow-up single to See Emily Play. It was recorded in the same sessions as "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun", on August 7–8, 1967.

The song features a number of changes in tempo, a sped-up double-tracked vocal part by Barrett, while Mason simultaneously sings the normal part (one of the rare moments he ever sang on a Floyd record),[5] an instrumental section that continually increases in speed featuring wah-wah guitar solos and keyboards, and surreal lyrics. Syd Barrett is only clearly audible on one line in the song, "she'll be scrubbing bubbles on all fours."

A final studio cut of "Scream Thy Last Scream" was completed along with a somewhat different BBC radio version and even some live recordings. All are widely available on bootleg recordings.

Untitled

"Untitled" is the backing track of an unreleased song recorded by Pink Floyd at Sound Techniques in September 1967. The song is instrumental and the first 90 seconds of the recording is available on various bootlegs. The title Sunshine is only used on bootlegs, and the piece itself never had a title.

Vegetable Man

"Vegetable Man" was a song that was recorded from October 9–12, 1967 during the early sessions for the album which would eventually become A Saucerful of Secrets. Among the songs considered were "Paint Box", "Scream Thy Last Scream", and "Jugband Blues".

In the Beechwoods

"In the Beechwoods" is a song written by Barrett in 1967. The song is instrumental with no vocals and is 4 minutes and 47 seconds and it has yet to see official release. According to Nick Mason, "In The Beechwoods" was written right after the single, "See Emily Play", came out.

John Latham

"John Latham" is an unreleased Pink Floyd recording from the De Lane Lea in October 1967.

Intremental

"Intremental" is the backing track of an unreleased Pink Floyd song that was recorded at De Lane Lea in October 1967. It may be a continuation of "In The Beechwoods".

Early Morning Henry

A demo from the Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun sessions, as mentioned in David Parker's book "Random Precision," a guide to the recordings of Syd Barrett. Parker states that he contacted Nick Mason to inquire as to what this song was, but Mason could not remember.

Have You Got It, Yet?

"Have You Got It, Yet?" is an unreleased song written by Barrett during the short time in which Pink Floyd was a five-piece. At the time, David Gilmour had been asked to join as a fifth member and second guitarist, while Barrett, whose mental state and difficult nature were creating issues with the band, was intended to remain home and compose songs, much as Brian Wilson had done for The Beach Boys.

Barrett's unpredictable behaviour at the time and idiosyncratic sense of humour combined to create a song that, initially, seemed like an ordinary Barrett tune. However, as soon as the others attempted to join in and learn the song, Barrett changed the melodies and structure, making it impossible for the others to follow, while singing the chorus "Have you got it yet?" and having the rest of the band answer "No, no!". This would be his last attempt to write material for Pink Floyd before leaving the band. In fact, Roger Waters stated, in an interview for The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story, that upon realizing Syd was deliberately making the tune impossible to learn, he put down his bass guitar, left the room, and never attempted to play with Syd again.

Reaction in G

"Reaction In G", sometimes referred to (erroneously) as "Stoned Alone", is a song performed by the Barrett-era Pink Floyd in 1967. The song itself was performed as a cynical response to audiences and promoters pressuring Pink Floyd to play their hit singles (such as Arnold Layne and See Emily Play), rather than the long, free-form jams they preferred at the time. Despite the title, the piece was actually performed in the key of E.

One in a Million

"One in a Million", also known by the titles "Rush in a Million", "Once in a Million", "Rust in a Million", and "Brush Your Window", is an unreleased Pink Floyd song recorded one time at a concert in Copenhagen on September 13, 1967, by the Barrett, Waters, Wright and Mason line-up.

Later-era unreleased songs

Incarceration of a Flower Child

A Roger Waters song written in 1968, and never recorded by Pink Floyd. The lyrics seem to be about the downfall of Syd Barrett, but Waters has never confirmed this. The song was eventually recorded by Marianne Faithfull on her 1999 album Vagabond Ways. The melody of the opening of the verses provided the chorus of Your Possible Pasts, from the Pink Floyd album The Final Cut.

Moonhead

"Moonhead", sometimes known as "Trip on Mars", is an unreleased song played by the BBC in between broadcast coverage of the Apollo moon landing on July 20, 1969. The BBC called this programme "But what if it's made of green cheese?" The song was written in 1969 for this specific purpose and has never been officially released, although it can be found on various bootleg recordings. It found its way into the band's live set on rare occasion, such as Birmingham Town Hall, 11 Feb 1970 and Gothenburg Sweden, 11 Nov 1970 (the latter performance is often labeled as "Corrosion"). It is also a remote predecessor to one section of the song "Money".

Seabirds

"Seabirds" is a song written by Roger Waters for the soundtrack to the film More. While the song is used in the actual film, during a party scene, it does not appear on the soundtrack album (which was released as a full Pink Floyd album). It can be found on bootleg recordings but is very rare.

Hollywood

"Hollywood" is a short instrumental (38 seconds) song written by David Gilmour and recorded in 1969. It was intended to be included in the soundtrack for the film More, but was cut from the soundtrack album, although it can be found on the film. It can very rarely be found on bootleg recordings.

Stefan's Tit

An outtake from the More sessions.

Paris Bar

Another More outtake, found on the same multitrack tape as the above track.

Theme (Dramatic Version)

Another More outtake, found on the same multitrack tape as the above tracks.

Theme (Beat Version)

Yet another More outtake, not found on the auctioned tape but known to exist.

Alan's Blues

"Alan's Blues" is an instrumental blues song first recorded for the film Zabriskie Point in December 1969. This version was released as a bonus track on the 1997 soundtrack reissue under the title "Love Scene 6." It began appearing in live shows in early 1970, initially along with a couple other Zabriskie instrumentals ("Heart Beat Pig Meat" and "The Violent Sequence") that were soon dropped. Performed through 1972, often as an encore. Possibly also recorded in 1971. The song appears on various bootleg recordings (usually live, sometimes given the nickname of "Pink Blues").

The Violent Sequence

"The Violent Sequence" was a Rick Wright-penned piano instrumental, originally intended to accompany a riot scene in the film Zabriskie Point. The melody is quickly recognizable, as it would later be used for "Us and Them," four years later. The song was performed briefly in its original form in early 1970. A snippet was officially released on the "Making of Dark Side of the Moon" DVD, the entire repetitive track was officially released on Disc 6 of the Dark Side of The Moon Immersion Box Set.

Fingal's Cave

An outtake from the Zabriskie Point sessions, intended to score a scene in which a plane takes off. This track first appeared on the bootleg LP "Omay Yad," though for years, fans considered the title to be the bootlegger's invention. Studio documentation has since proven otherwise. The title references a geographical feature.

Take Off, Version II

Another instrumental, intended for the same Zabriskie Point scene as "Fingal's Cave," which bore the working title of "Take Off, Version I." One tape source from the sessions shows this piece to be a potential intro for "Crumbling Land" - and indeed, some bootlegs pair the two songs together.

Oenone

A lengthy, dream-like instrumental intended for a sex scene in Zabriskie Point. Three takes were recorded (under the working titles "Love Scene No. 1", "No. 2" and "No. 3"), each somewhat different from the others, but all sharing the same eerie organ-and-guitar motif. The term "Oenone" refers to a Greek mythological character, namely the first wife of Paris of Troy. Early bootleg appearances mistitled the song "Oneone."

Corrosion in the Pink Room

"Corrosion in the Pink Room" is a song written by Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason. It is an instrumental piece that was played at their live shows during the early 1970s. It is a very avant-garde piece, with eerie piano playing by Wright and scatting by Waters, reminiscent of the sounds on Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict. Halfway through, the song transitions to a jazzy blues jam, similar to Funky Dung. It also was known to feature the "whalesong effect", used during live performances of "Embryo" and, later on, "Echoes".

The Merry Xmas Song

"The Merry Xmas Song" is a humorous song written for a one-off performance on BBC radio in 1969, during the Zabriskie Point soundtrack sessions. It is notable as the last of only five Pink Floyd songs to feature Mason on vocals (Syd Barrett's Scream Thy Last Scream, also unreleased; Corporal Clegg; Atom Heart Mother; and One of These Days). It can be found on a number of bootleg recordings, but is generally considered[who?] very rare.

Bitter Love

Written by Roger Waters, the song is about the bad experience Pink Floyd had after agreeing to appear in magazine advertisements for a bitter lemon drink called "Gini". Lyrically, the song describes Roger Waters selling his soul in the desert. The song is also known as "How Do You Feel?".

Drift Away Blues

"Drift Away Blues" is a blues improvisation that was played live on 6 July 1977 as an encore, picked in response to an aggressive audience. Roger Waters introduced the song by telling the audience that "since we can't play any of our songs, here's some music to go home to." Allegedly, David Gilmour was upset at this and slipped off the stage rather than play. It appears on the Azimuth Coordinator Part 3 bootleg.

Overture

"Overture" is a song that was written by Roger Waters for The Wall movie. Pink Floyd decided not to include the song and it is unknown if it was ever recorded.

Death Disco

An unreleased portion of "The Wall," in which a DJ is heard to taunt an audience. Some Floyd books mistakenly give the title as "The Death of Disco" or "The Death of Cisco."

What Shall We Do Now?

An unreleased song that was supposed to be included in The Wall but was removed due to time restraints and replaced with a much shorter version entitled Empty Spaces. The song was included in the film and was also performed live.

Peace Be with You

"Peace Be with You", was written by David Gilmour, as a farewell to Waters as he left the band. It was recorded during the sessions for A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, but was not included on the album because of the lawsuits that were going on at the time between Waters and his formers bandmates. It is said to be one of the better Pink Floyd songs written after Roger Waters left the band[6], but it was never bootlegged.

Unreleased albums

The Committee soundtrack

At one point, it was considered that a soundtrack LP should be released containing music heard in the obscure science fiction film The Committee, for which Pink Floyd recorded a handful of seemingly untitled instrumentals, and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown contributed the song "Nightmare." Although bootleg soundtracks (both vinyl and CD) have been released by fans, the fact that the total running time of the material merely fills one side of an LP shows that this may not have been a commercially viable idea.

Zabriskie Point soundtrack

In 2011, members of the Pink Floyd bootleg trading forum Yeeshkul! uncovered documentation shedding light on a scrapped Zabriskie Point soundtrack LP consisting entirely of Floyd's score (much of which was rejected from the final film). The album would have consisted of the following songs, possibly in this order:

  1. Heart Beat, Pig Meat
  2. Country Song
  3. Fingal's Cave
  4. Crumbling Land
  5. Alan's Blues
  6. Oenone
  7. Rain In The Country
  8. Come In No. 51, Your Time Is Up

Household Objects

After the success of The Dark Side of the Moon, the band were unsure of their future direction and worried about how they would be able to top that record's huge popularity. In a return to their experimental beginnings, they began work on a project entitled "Household Objects", which would consist of songs played literally on household appliances. Instruments consisted of old hand mixers, rubber bands stretched between two tables, wine glasses, etc., however, the planned album was soon shelved. Two tracks recorded at these sessions, "The Hard Way", and "Wine Glasses", were released on the Pink Floyd reissues in September and November 2011.

Spare Bricks / The Final Cut

Upon release of the film adaptation of The Wall, the group planned to compile an album consisting of both songs newly recorded for the film, and outtakes from the original "Wall" LP sessions. The original proposed title for this disc was "Spare Bricks," though this was eventually amended to "The Final Cut" - and indeed, the label of the "When The Tigers Broke Free" 45 released at this time claims the track to be from that album. Eventually, Roger Waters decided to reuse the second title for a new concept album, partially based around rewritten "Wall" rejects. Despite the claim made by the "Tigers" 45, that song did NOT appear on the album that would finally claim the title of "The Final Cut" - at least until 2004, when Waters decided to permanently incorporate the song into future CD pressings.

The Big Spliff

An album of ambient music recorded during the sessions for The Division Bell. The band seriously considered releasing it,[7] but the idea was abandoned.

References

  1. ^ Watkinson, Mike; Pete Anderson. Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett & the Dawn of Pink Floyd. pp. 32. 
  2. ^ a b Mason, Nick. Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd. pp. 26. 
  3. ^ a b Chapman, Rob. Syd Barrett A Very Irregular Head. pp. 65. 
  4. ^ http://www.spinner.com/2011/07/14/pink-floyd-box-set-interview/
  5. ^ Mason, Nick. Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004). ISBN 978-0-29784-387-0.
  6. ^ http://floydlyrics.blogspot.com/2010/03/peace-be-with-you.html
  7. ^ Mason, Nick. Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd. pp. 315. 

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