Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
About 25 years ago I was on holiday in Manhattan, and while there spent many happy hours in Greenwich Village. There were some very trendy CD stores there, and I was delighted to find a couple of Pink Floyd ones I had never heard of, one of which was “An Italian Tale”, on sale for 49.99 USD, and I bought it.
The CD came with an illustrated insert of which this is the front:
The insert contains some intriguing notes, which I shall start to set out today. The author calls himself Alex The Gnome:
“Italy is considered the country with the highest number of collectors in Pink Floyd’s world and some records (singles, albums and box sets) released exclusively for the Italian market are among the highest priced gems on the collectors’ scene. Despite this, Pink Floyd tours have never really arrived in Italy even though the band’s first visit to this country dates back to 1968, in the middle of the recording sessions for “A Saucerful of Secrets” [see above], when they arrived for two shows both in Rome on the 18th and 19th April at the famous “Piper Club” (Beat music club and historical destination for many foreign musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Genesis and David Bowie.) There is also incredible video footage of the band during the shows (in playback and released by the BBC although the shooting was probably done by an Italian TV crew.) The outcry after these performances was so immense that the Floyd were hired shortly thereafter for another event on Italian soil: the “FIRST EUROPEAN INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL”, which was held at the EUR Sport Palace, in Rome, May 6th 1968.”
More from these notes next Pink Floyd time.