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In order to extend the rights to the recordings, Pink Floyd released 18 concerts from the era ” Dark Side ot the Moon on streaming services.

In what becomes an annual traditionPink Floyd has quietly uploaded 18 concerts from the era Dark Side of the Moon on streaming services, as well as a collection of ” alternative pieces from their legendary 1973 album.

In December 2021, Pink Floyd had already posted a dozen unreleased concerts, dating from 1970 to 1972, without any communication. Artists like Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan have used this tactic in the past to extend recording rights.

In 2013, a Sony representative explained Dylan’s uploading of music not put into circulation by declaring to RollingStone : “ Copyright law in Europe was recently extended from 50 to 70 years for anything recorded in 1963 and beyond. For all of the above, there is a new “Use It or Lose It” provision. It basically says, “If you haven’t used the recordings in the first 50 years, you won’t have another year. “.

The 18 concerts (none of which have been officially released) span January 23, 1972 through December 9, 1972, with Pink Floyd working, refining and perfecting The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety at every concert before its March 1973 release. The entire four-night performance of Pink Floyd at the Rainbow Theater in London, February 17–20, 1972, is also available for streaming.

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The five-track bonus, titled simply ” Alternative Tracks 1972 “, includes remixes and alternate versions” ultra rare of five songs by dark sideincluding a raw demo of “ On the Run “.

All newly uploaded recordings with similar generic artwork are copyrighted by Pink Floyd Music Ltd, suggesting that they are official releases of the band. However, once copyrights were restored, concerts uploaded in 2021 were removed from streaming services, meaning the 2022 batch isn’t likely to stay online for very long.

Here are the 18 live albums that Pink Floyd has quietly added to streaming services:

Live at Southampton Guildhall, UK, 23 January 1972
Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, Feb 5, 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
Live at the Taiikukan, Tokyo, Japan, Mar 3, 1972
Live at Osaka Festival Hall, Japan, Mar 8, 1972
Live at Nakajima Sports Center, Sapporo, Japan, Mar 13, 1972
Live at Chicago Auditorium Theater, USA, April 28, 1972
Live at the Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, 18 May 1972
Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Sept 22, 1972
Live at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, 21 Oct 1972
Live at Ernst-Merck Halle, Hamburg, Germany, Nov 12, 1972
Live at the Palais des Sports, Poitiers, France Nov 29, 1972
Live at the Palais des Sports on Ile de la Jatte, Saint Ouen, France, 1 Dec 1972
Live at the Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium, 5 Dec 1972
Live at The Hallenstadion, Zürich, Switzerland 9 Dec 72
Alternative Tracks 1972

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Daniel Kreps

Translated by the editor