Friday, March 26, 2010

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Live in Pompeii)

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun 10:17

(See Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun  from Saucerful of Secrets. The lyrics are identical except verse three, line one:)
Witness the man who raves at the wall

Third Interlude 7:02

In the studio, making of Brain Damage. Dave listens to playback and works on lead guitar ideas.
The lunatic is on the grass (2x)
Remember games, and daisy chains and laughs
Got to keep the loonies on the path
The lunatic is the hall
The lunatics are in my hall
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor

Around the supper table after eating:
Steve O’Rourke: “All right, I mean we all know that you’re God almighty, Roger. That isn’t an answer.”
Roger: “Steve, you’re jolly good at your job, but there’s no way you could ever produce a record, so it’s silly of you to try.”
Steve: “No. Rubbish.”
Voice (OOV): “I don’t think that’s true. I mean, if you take a crappy enough group and they’ve only got 12 songs...”
Roger: "That's not what we're talking about."
Voice (OOV): “Oh, well you’re talking about producing works of art or whatever, or Pink Floyd records...”
Roger: “Oooh! No we’re not.”
Voice (OOV): “...I mean, that’s only about .01% of the market, there’s plenty of other crap going on.”
Roger: "No we're not. We're not talking about that at all. We're talking about a record producer is somebody who’s in charge of a recording session. And in order to be in charge of a recording session, you need to have a kind of minim– well, not minimal, you need to have a fairly extensive knowledge of what the equipment’s about and music is about and what rock ‘n’ roll’s about. Well, Steve knows what rock ‘n’ roll’s about, he’s got no idea what the equipment’s about, and he’s got very little idea, in terms of the kind of technicalities, what the music's about. He knows what he likes."
Voice (OOV): “Plenty of people have produced records on that basis, very successful records.”
Roger: "Whom? Whom?"

Back into the studio briefly:
And if the cloud bursts thunder in your ear

(continues under discussions)
Roger: "In the finished article, the only thing that is important is whether it moves you or not, there’s nothing else that’s important at all."
Voice (OOV): “I can’t get over the sibilance of the vocals on Obscured by Clouds. I never play that record.”
Voice (OOV): “You’re obviously in the wrong business.”
Roger: "Oh, well that was a bad cut, that’s got nothing to do with the production of the album. That was a bad cut. And if you listen to the second strings of pressings, you’ll find that that sibilance isn’t there.”
Voice (OOV): “I’ve got a second string pressing. Nick Marks gave me...”
Roger: “Well, if you can still hear sibilance on the second string of pressings, you’ve got an extremely overactive imagination, ‘cause there isn’t any.”

Dave: "We have some pretty good arguments from time to time, yes.”
Interviewer: “You manage to get over them.”
Dave: “Yep. We’re pretty durable."
Nick: "We do have in-fighting. But you mean without actually exploding. We share the same sense of humor to some extent. We lust after money to some extent. And we have a lot of interest in what we’re doing together. We can still combine our interests. I think that’s really when the thing breaks down, is when maybe just one person finds that what he’s doing doesn’t interest him, or he feels he could do something better by himself.”
Dave: "We did have some very difficult times, a few years ago. But we seem to have managed to avoid the things that really get people too touchy. These days.”
Interviewer: “The worst things go unsaid.”
Dave: “Mmm. Yeah."
Interviewer: “You mentioned lust for money as being one of the main drives.”
Nick: "Only jokingly. Naturally, four less money-minded people would be hard to find. [sic]"

The above interviews are interspersed with Dave experimenting with lead guitar ideas for Brain Damage in the studio. The guitar is much heavier than that which was eventually used on the album.

In the studio:
Dave: “Feedback, John.”
Voice (OOV): “Don’t worry ‘bout that. Christ, where would rock ‘n’ roll be without feedback?”
-way the key
And there’s someone in my head but it’s not me
And if the cloud bursts thunder in your ear
You shout and no-one

Roger: "-we run back and drop in a bit."
Dave: “Yeah, you can if you like, just turn it down a bit. I didn’t really make a specific mistake, but ah...”
Roger: "Turn it down."
Dave: “Yeah, I can’t, my guitar’s too loud. Yeah.”
To the floor
And every day, the paperboy brings more
And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forbodings too
I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon
The lunatic is in my head (2x)
You raise the blade, you make the change
You rearrange me till I’m sane

Pompeii (Main Theme)
Echoes part I
Careful with that Axe, Eugene
Saucerful of Secrets, A
One of These Days I'm Going To Cut You Into Little Pieces
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Mademoiselle Nobs
Echoes part II

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