Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
As will have been observed from the posts on “A Saucerful Of Secrets”, the group that recorded it did not exist in any precisely definable form. The group’s management split, half effectively going with Syd Barrett in the firm belief that the group was finished without him. A tour of the USA took place in the summer of 1968, a time when the groupie phenomenon was at its zenith. Indeed, there is a track on “Atom Heart Mother” called “Summer 1968” which deals with that very topic.
One big problem with doing gigs back in the UK, however, is that Pink Floyd Mk II was not in any position to recreate on stage the vast majority of the band’s recorded output.
As the year turned, however, a step in the right direction, albeit a curious and uneasy one, was about to be taken.
And they did look quite striking: