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Pink Floyd at Pompeii (1972)

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Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
David Gilmour ...
Himself (guitar, vocals) (as Pink Floyd)
Nick Mason ...
Himself (drums) (as Pink Floyd)
Himself (bass, vocals, percussion) (as Pink Floyd)
Richard Wright ...
Himself (keyboards, vocals) (as Pink Floyd)


Live versions of the songs, filmed in an old Pompeii amphitheater. Songs included are Echoes (split into 2 parts), Careful with that axe, Eugene, A saucerful of secrets, One of those days, Set the controls for the heart of the sun, Mademoiselle nobbs (Seamus, but with Rick's dog on vocals). "Careful" and "Set the controls" are shot at night with minimal lighting, setting a beautiful mood. And the live Saucerful just has to be seen, with Waters jumping around in the sunlight banging the huge gong. The 80-minute version features studio footage from the recordings of Dark side of the Moon, with alternate versions of Us and them, On the run and Brain Damage, as well as hilarious interviews with the band (don't miss Waters raving about the great economical collapse, and Nick whining about the crust on the pie). Written by Nils Erichson <>

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25 October 1972 (France)  »

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Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii  »

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During the performance of "One of These Days" Nick Mason loses a drumstick and gets a new one without skipping a beat. See more »


In both parts of the song "Echoes", Nick Mason's sunglasses disappear and reappear a couple of times, indicating that the performance in Pompeii was filmed in sections rather than just one take. Or that there were two takes of the song and footage was used from both. See more »


Nick Mason: I'll have eggs, sausage, chips and beans, and a tea.
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Spoofed in Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000) See more »


Brain Damage
Performed by Pink Floyd
Additional song on 80-minute alternate version
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The Best work of the Floyd by Far
1 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a concert with documentary inserts between songs set next to the Pompeii volcano. This is one if not the best musical performance by the Floyd. The set up and background provides an eerie/mysterious feel to it that is amplified by intense tracks such as "Careful with that Axe Eugene." Panned views of the volcano and computer generated graphics add to the effects. It unlike any other concert they have played in being that the only fans were those involved in the setup and movie creation. Songs like "One of These Days" provide an up-tempo song that highlights the drummer's capabilities. While the classic "Us and Them" shows their more mellow jazz oriented style. Extremely well produced a must see for any true Floyd fan.

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