Uncle G’s FUN Classic Rock Collectors Items: Pink Floyd (2012)

Date Originally Published: 13 Aug 2012Classic Rock Radio (UK) Facebook Page
Uncle G’s Fun Classic Rock Collector’s Items
Topic: Pink Floyd

By Gary Brown
American Correspondent for Classic Rock Radio (UK)

I was going through a storage room closet and came across this Pink Floyd collector’s item. This item goes back to the year; 1992. When I got it, I knew it was worth holding to. Almost twenty years later, it finally shows its value. As a topic for today’s column.

Item: Promotional cardboard Pink Floyd Racing Car Display with informational backboard. Includes what was then a fairly recent photo of David Gilmore and Nick Mason.

Note: For our younger readers, it should be noted that rental movies were then being peddled on VHS tape. This explains why the race car was hollow in the center. Stored the product.

I acquired this very cool display at a neighborhood VHS rental store. Was a lady clerk there that knew I was into rock music and all that. I imagine a Texan all her life. Nice lady. This is back in 1992, and I have not seen her since moving across the city back in ’93 / ’94. This all took place in a small town called; Katy. Right outside Houston, and heading in the direction of another cool Texas city; San Antonio. At least from where I’m sitting at this very moment.

La Carrera Panamericana with music by Pink Floyd. Good luck finding/acquiring this little gem. I just looked and noticed one website selling this, in its original VHS format, for almost $150.00.

Track Listings

  1. Run Like Hell (Gilmour/Waters)
  2. Pan Am Shuffle (Gilmour/Mason/Wright)
  3. Yet Another Movie (Gilmour/Leonard)
  4. Sorrow (Gilmour)
  5. Signs Of Life (Gilmour/Ezrin)
  6. Country Theme (Gilmour)
  7. Mexico ’78 (Gilmour)
  8. Big Theme (Gilmour)
  9. Run Like Hell (Gilmour/Waters)
  10. One Slip (Gilmour/Manzanera)
  11. Small Theme (Gilmour)
  12. Pan Am Shuffle (Gilmour/Mason/Wright)

Motivation: Something else which made me decide that this would be today’s topic for a column. Nick Mason, original drummer for Pink Floyd with some very cool friends performed the Pink Floyd classic song, Wish You Were Here. At the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics, which took place last night. I, unfortunately, missed the live telecast, but I did catch the instant reply on the website, YouTube.

This was interesting. While it was being performed, in the air they recreated the burning man from the album cover, named the same. While on fire, shaking hands with a rather mysterious-looking man. The one on fire is a real dummy (mannequin). From all appearances, an incredibly stupid and dangerous stunt, especially so while being staged high above on a high wire. Uncle G says; Forget all that. Was WAY cool !!! Thank you, Mr. Mason, and all involved for making the music, and the tribute happen.

While on the subject of giving thanks and appreciation, sincere congratulations to Great Britain for putting on such a spectacular event. I can only imagine after the final dollar is counted as to how much that all cost. Well done indeed !!!

Bonus Item #01

Pink FloydPulse (1995 LED blinking light boxset – 2 CD)

The live offering came with a book-style case and a 44-page booklet (22 sheets double-sided) which is housed in a substantial cardboard slipcase. – Recorded live in Europe and the United Kingdom. This is an analog recording.

1995 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. © 1995 Pink Floyd Music (1987) Ltd. Under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Bonus Item #02

Date Originally Published: May 7, 2012Classic Rock Radio (UK) Facebook Page
Uncle G’s Fun Classic Rock Collector’s Items
Topic: Pink Floyd

By Gary Brown
American Correspondent for Classic Rock Radio (UK)

Pink Floyd: Take It Back (CD Single)

A pack rat to one is a collector to another. I have a small stack of CD singles. The main reason for getting them was bonus material. An unreleased studio song, or in this case, an unreleased (at the time) new/old live song.

The single came out in 1994. The bonus live song went way back in The Pink Floyd catalog; Astronomy Domine. The coolest thing about this live performance to me was that one of my best friends, Kevin Landreneau, was at the concert. Taping was done pretty much at the start of the tour; in Florida. The title track over the years has been on every classic rock station’s song rotation. Has a mellow kind of groove to it.

Bonus – Photo Outtake (didn’t make the final article)

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