Pink Floyd’s Final Live Perfomance To Be Released As 2020 Record Store Day Exclusive
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Record Store Day will arrive once again on June 20, 2020.
And, once again, vinyl lovers will be able to lay their hands upon several Record Store Day-only exclusives.
Included in an initial list of this year’s releases is a Pink Floyd recording of ‘Arnold Layne’, captured at the group’s 2007 Madcap’s Last Laugh reunion concert.
The event, Pink Floyd’s last ever public performance, was organized to pay tribute to the band’s fallen creative visionary Syd Barrett.
(After living in seclusion for some 30 years, Barrett had passed away in July the previous year.)
Held at London’s Barbican Centre, the night held many surprises, including an appearance by Roger Waters as well as David Gilmour, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason temporarily ending their longstanding Pink Floyd hiatus to perform ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘Bike’.
Laced with Barrett’s surrealistic lyricism, ‘Arnold Layne’ was first released in March 1967.
Pink Floyd’s debut single was produced by the band’s early manager Joe Boyd in January that year, shortly before the group signed to EMI records to record Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
Despite being banned from several prominent radio stations due to it’s lyrical allusions to mens wearing women’s clothes, the support of a Pink Floyd’s large underground fanbase in addition to some unscrupulous single purchases by the band’s management ensured the single reached number 20 in the UK charts.
The band would quickly follow up with ‘See Emily Play’ and the rest, as they say, is history.
Other acts releasing vinyl-only exclusives on Record Store Day will include John Lennon, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, and the Grateful Dead.
Find a list of all participating Record Store Day stockists here.
The full list below.
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To celebrate this year's Record Store Day, on April 18th, Pink Floyd are releasing a live recording of Arnold Layne as a limited edition, one-sided 7" vinyl single. It was recorded at the Syd Barrett Tribute Concert at London's Barbican in May 2007, and was the last live performance of @davidgilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright together, accompanied by Jon Carin (keyboards & vocals) and Andy Bell (bass). The B-side of the single features an etching to echo the sleeve and the song's lyrics. The single will be available from all participating stores, in person on the day – visit www.recordstoreday.com to find your local stockist. #RSD2020 #RecordStoreDay #PinkFloyd
2020 Record Store Day Exclusives:
Alpha & Omega Meets the Disciples – The Sacred Art of Dub, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Black Sabbath – Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games with Me / Wicked World / Paranoid / The Wizard 2LP
David Bowie – ChangesNowBowie
David Bowie – I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74) 2LP
Boys Next Door – Door, Door (red vinyl)
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer – Live At Waterloo Field, Stanhope, New Jersey, US, 31st July 1992
Erasure – Blue Savannah
Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird Of Prey) 12″
The Feeders – Feeling a Moment / Pushing the Senses 12″
Freddie King – Wash Out (alt. take) / Butterscotch (alt. take ) 7-inch
Gary Clark, Jr – Pearl Cadillac
Gorillaz – G-Sides (2LP)
Gorillaz – D-Sides (3LP)
Grouplove – Broken Angel
Grateful Dead – Buffalo 5/9/77 5LP
Hawkwind – At the BBC 1972 2LP
Hootie and the Blowfish – Live at Nick’s Fat City 1995 2LP
Jethro Tull – Stormwatch 2
John Lennon – 2020 Ultimate Remix (INSTANT KARMA! / WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?, 1970 LENNON/ONO with The Plastic Ono Band)
kd lang – Angel with a Lariat (red vinyl)
kd lang – Drag 2LP
The Kinks – The Kink Kronikles (2LP)
Madness – Work, Rest, and Play 2LP
Mooneye – Mooneye 12-inch EP
Morrissey – Honey, You Know Where To Find Me 12-inch
Motorhead – Ace of Spades / Dirty Love 7-inch
My Chemical Romance – Life on the Murder Scene
Nazareth – Love Hurts/This Flight Tonight 12″
Neil Young – Homegrown (black vinyl)
New Order – Peel Sessions
Notorious BIG – It Was All A Dream 9LP
OST – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
OST – Austin Powers In Goldmember
OST – Phenomenon 2LP
Paul Hardcastle – 19 (35th Anniversary Edition)
Pink Floyd – Arnold Layne (Live at Syd Barrett Tribute, 2007)
Prince – Sign O’ The Times 2LP
The Ska – The Ska
Status Quo – Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon
Steven Wilson – Two TBD Ressiues
Steve Morano – Brick Lane/You Belong With Me 12-inch
UFO – Live in Youngstown ’78 2LP
Various Artists – Ready, Steady, Go! The Weekend Starts Here (10 x 7-inch)