Pink Floyd have dug deep into their vaults for The Early Years 1965 – 1972, a massive upcoming box set that unearths audio and video from their earliest days with frontman Syd Barrett through right before their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. One of the many interesting eras documented in the box set is the period directly after they parted ways with Barrett, around when they recorded the soundtrack to the art-house flick More.
A new music video for More’s slow-building, psychedelic cut “Green Is the Colour” is premiering above. The live footage comes from a concert the band performed in Saint-Tropez, France, at the Pop Deux Festival on August 8th, 1970; the video component of the box set contains more songs from the festival. As with the “Grantchester Meadows” video Pink Floyd released this summer, Hipgnosis’ Aubrey Powell served as creative director on the “Green” video and Nick Edwards shot the new footage interspersed throughout.
The More album was Pink Floyd’s follow up to A Saucerful of Secrets, the LP the group made as Barrett was leaving and David Gilmour was entering the fold, and it showed that they could move on without their founding frontman. The band performed songs from More on tour in 1969 as part of two suites – The Man and The Journey – for which they retitled “Green Is the Colour” as “The Beginning” when it was played as the opening track of the latter piece. Even after they moved on from the suites, they kept the tune in their set lists through 1971.
The creative process behind scoring More was unique for the band. “[More filmmaker Barbet Schroeder] didn’t want a soundtrack to go behind the music,” Roger Waters once said, according to author Mark Blake’s band bio Comfortably Numb. “He wanted it literally. So if the radio was switched on in the car for example, he wanted something to come out of the car. He wanted it to relate to exactly what was happening in the movie. I was sitting at the side of the studio writing lyrics while we were putting down the backing tracks. It was just a question of writing eight or nine instrumentals.”
“Roger was the big creative force,” Schroeder said. “I remember this incredibly hectic two weeks. The sound engineer couldn’t believe the speed and creativity of the enterprise.”
The Early Years contains 27 discs altogether, spanning CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and seven-inch vinyl, grouped by year. It includes several renditions of “Green Is the Colour” as well as the whole More film and reproductions of memorabilia from around the time. The group has also made a pared-down, two-disc version, The Early Years 1967 – 1972: Cre/ation. Both will come out on November 11th.