Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Violent Sequence

The Violent Sequence  9:03
Performed live 23 January 1970 
* Unreleased
     (written by Richard Wright)

Probably recorded in Rome over two weeks in December 1969


As detailed in the Zabriskie Point entry, this was a piece put together for that film. Originally meant to be used for the riot scenes (hence the title), director Michaelangelo Antonioni changed his mind, and the piece was dropped. Although it was probably recorded along with the other Zabriskie songs in late 1969, the recording does not survive to this day. Nick Mason commented on the song's original usage.

Nick: "There was a lot of news film, of cops and students fighting it out, all with no soundtrack apart from this very lyrical piano thing which Rick played as a solo. Antonioni never used it."

The band began playing The Violent Sequence live as part of a suite which also included Heart Beat, Pig Meat, Moonhead, and other new material, at the beginning of 1970. This live performance of the piece would run up to ten minutes, with the entire suite clocking in at near half an hour. This live performance did not last long, but the piece began to develop, and with Roger's help eventually (two years later) became Us and Them for the immortal Dark Side of the Moon.

Bootlegger's titles: Libest Spacement Monitor

TRACK LISTING (only Pink Floyd contributions)
Heart Beat, Pig Meat
Crumbling Land
Come in Number 51, Your Time is Up

The following tracks were recorded for Zabriskie Point but were not used in the film or soundtrack:
Fingal's Cave
Rain in the Country
Violent Sequence, The

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