Pink Floyd – the Man & The Journey

This is another what-if album I put together because of the mock up sleeve that was on the website https://idesignalbumcovers.tumblr.com. ‘The Man & The Journey’ was a suite of music the band performed during their tour of 1969. The songs in this concert included some that had already been released, some that would appear on some future releases (like ‘Ummagumma’, ‘More’ & ‘Relics’), and some would stay unreleased. Even though a live album was considered at the time, it didn’t happen due to the overlap of material with ‘Ummagumma’. One of the shows from the tour was widely bootlegged as it was take from a show played in Amsterdam, but it was missing some of the material. 

An almost complete show was eventually released in 2016 on ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ box set. It was almost complete because in the set list, there was a performance called Teatime which was positioned between Work and Afternoon. It was removed because it was during this time that the band would not play anything but instead be served with cups of tea. This was essentially 3 mins and 36 of near silence. The estate of John Cage would most probably sue. 

The loose concept of the album is that the first disc follows the man during his everyday life, but the second disc is the journey. What this journey is and where it goes is unclear. However, what is clear is that this was the beginning of Pink Floyd as a band that would produce music based on a theme which would be developed over the next few years until it culminated in the release of Dark Side of the Moon. 

If it had actually been released in 1969 as suggested, it would have worked as a double vinyl album because the timings of the sides actually match up quite closely. The timing was also helped with Teatime being removed. On reflection, it is a shame that this wasn’t released in place of ‘Ummagumma’ because even though it is a definite period piece, The Man & The Journey works better as a piece of music and as an album. ‘Ummagumma’ may have its fans but I am not one of them. 

Side A

  1. Daybreak (Grantchester Meadows)
  2. Work
  3. Afternoon (Biding My Time)

Side B

  1. Doing It
  2. Sleeping
  3. Nightmare (Cymbaline)
  4. Labyrinth

Side C

  1. The Beginning (Green Is the Colour)
  2. Beset by Creatures of the Deep (Careful with That Axe, Eugene)
  3. The Narrow Way, Part 3
  4. The Pink Jungle (Pow R. Toc H.) 

Side D

  1. The Labyrinths of Auximines
  2. Footsteps/Doors
  3. Behold the Temple of Light
  4. The End of the Beginning (A Saucerful of Secrets)

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