The Pink Floyd Early Years 1965–1972 boxset is the gift that keeps on giving. Already we’ve been treated to a completely new visual identity for the band and an official video for Green Is The Colour. Now they’ve teased some super rare footage of the band in the studio writing their 20-minute epic Echoes from 1971’s Meddle.
Check out this rare footage of Pink Floyd in the studio writing ‘Echoes’ – one of the items included in their Early Years boxset.
The video is a segment from a 1971 documentary about bootleg albums, in which Pink Floyd are seen listening to a bootleg recording of what appears to be a work session for Echoes. The video includes the group’s reactions, followed by footage of them working on Echoes at Abbey Road.
As for the original source of the video, it appeared in the 1971 documentary 24 Hours—Bootleg Records. Broadcast in the U.K., the documentary deals with the issue of bootlegged records and includes an interview with Pink Floyd and their manager, Steve O’Rourke.
The segment opens with a record dealer explaining that he’d been offered a Pink Floyd bootleg and called O’Rourke to ask permission to carry the album. The man claims O’Rourke said he was thrilled with the idea and would let the man know if he heard of any complaints.
The film then cuts to O’Rourke who responds, “Well, I can’t remember talking to this geezer at all. No, it’s not true at all. Obviously, I wouldn’t be happy about a bootleg album coming out, released by anybody.”
From there we get to glimpse Pink Floyd’s response and watch them in the studio at work on Echoes at 1:36.
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