Pink Floyd discreetly released a compilation of “alternative tracks” from their classic 1973 LP, as well as 18 concerts from The Dark Side of the Moon era onto streaming services lately, continuing what has seemingly become an annual practice.
Between January 23, 1972, and December 9, 1972, Pink Floyd performed 18 shows, none of which have been officially released. During these performances, the band worked on The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety in preparation for its release in March 1973. Streaming is also available for Pink Floyd’s whole four-night performance from February 17 to 20, 1972, at London’s Rainbow Theatre.
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Similar moves have been made in the past by artists like Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan to extend the rights to the recordings; in December 2021, Pink Floyd quietly uploaded 12 unpublished concerts from the years 1970 to 1972 on streaming services.
Dylan’s decision to release previously unreleased music in 2013 was explained by a Sony representative to Rolling Stone by stating, “The copyright legislation in Europe was recently extended from 50 to 70 years for everything recorded in 1963 and beyond. There is a new “Use It or Lose It” provision that applies to everything before that. In essence, it claimed, “If you haven’t used the recordings in the first 50 years, you aren’t going to get any more.”
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All of the recently uploaded recordings use the same generic artwork as the 2021 concert dump and are registered to Pink Floyd Music Ltd., indicating that these are the band’s official releases. The concerts published in the 2021 release, however, have since been taken down from streaming providers since the copyright appears to have been restored, thus the 2022 slate is probably not going to last very long online.
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The 18 live albums that Pink Floyd secretly added to streaming platforms are listed below:
Live at Southampton Guildhall, UK, 23 January 1972
Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, 5 Feb 1972
Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London 17 February 1972
Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London 18 Feb 1972
Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London 19 Feb 1972
Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London 20 Feb 1972
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Live at the Taiikukan, Tokyo, Japan, 3 Mar 1972
Live at Osaka Festival Hall, Japan, 8 Mar 1972
Live at Nakajima Sports Centre, Sapporo, Japan, 13 Mar 1972
Live at Chicago Auditorium Theatre, USA, 28 April 1972
Live at the Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, 18 May 1972
Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, 22 Sept 1972
Live at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, 21 Oct 1972
Live at Ernst-Merck Halle, Hamburg, Germany, 12 Nov 1972
Live at the Palais des Sports, Poitiers, France 29 Nov 1972
Live at the Palais des Sports de L’Ile de la Jatte, Saint Ouen, France, 1 Dec 1972
Live at the Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium, 5 Dec 1972
Live at The Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland 9 Dec 1972