List of unreleased songs recorded by Pink Floyd

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Pink Floyd have been known to perform and/or record a number of songs and instrumentals which have never been officially released on a single or album. Only those whose existence can be reliably confirmed are listed here. Bootleg recordings of the majority of below listed songs exist.

Several previously unreleased songs appeared on The Early Years 1965–1972 box set in November 2016, which marked their first official release.

Syd Barrett–era unreleased songs[edit]

"I Get Stoned (Stoned Alone)"[edit]

"I Get Stoned" is a Barrett song recorded live-in-studio on 31 October 1966, along with a version of "Interstellar Overdrive", at Thompson Private Recording Company.[1] The song features Barrett with an acoustic guitar.[2] The song was performed during a gig at the All Saints Hall in 1966.[3] The opening lines are thought to be "Living alone/I get stoned". The master tapes for the song are unknown, however under the title "Living Alone", a demo was recorded by Barrett during the sessions for the Barrett album on 27 February 1970.[4]

"Pink Theme"[edit]

"Pink Theme" is a song performed by the Barrett-era Pink Floyd in 1966. The song is thought to be an instrumental. Pink Floyd recorded the song at a concert at The All Saints Church Hall in London, England on 14 October 1966. No known recording of this song is existent.

"Flapdoodle Dealing"[edit]

"Flapdoodle Dealing" is an instrumental song performed by the Barrett-era Pink Floyd in 1966.[5][6] Roger Waters is thought to have come up with its title. Pink Floyd never recorded a studio version of the song,[6] however, a version was recorded live at a concert at The All Saints Church Hall in London, England on 14 October 1966.[5]

"Let's Roll Another One"[edit]

"Let's Roll Another One" is a Barrett song, later retitled "Candy and a Currant Bun" before being released in 1967.[7][8][9] It was written in 1965.[10] It features the original lyrics which were altered for the released single at the suggestion of Waters,[7] allegedly due to concerns about the acceptability of drug references, and the song can be found on bootlegs like "Feed Your Head".

"She Was a Millionaire"[edit]

"She Was a Millionaire" is a Barrett song, recorded at Abbey Road on 18 April 1967,[11][12] as a possible B-side.[13] Manager Peter Jenner said that the track was "the one that got away, the hit they were looking for."[13][14] The opening lines are thought to be "She was a millionaire/She had some time to spare". The instrumental backing track was completed by Pink Floyd but the master tapes for the song most likely were erased.[13] Elements from the song, however, would later become part of Barrett's solo song "Opel" recorded in 1969. Two takes were attempted at a backing track by Barrett during the sessions for the Barrett album in 1970,[4][15] before Barrett added vocals.[12]

"Experiment/Untitled Instrumental"[edit]

This untitled instrumental, sometimes called "Experiment," is a track recorded at Sound Techniques on 4 September 1967. The song's first 90 seconds of the recording is available on various bootlegs. This track is sometimes incorrectly called "Sunshine," whereas this song is a section of "Matilda Mother."

"Reaction in G"[edit]

"Reaction in G" was an instrumental jam played at several Pink Floyd concerts with Barrett in 1967. They usually opened up the concert, and lasted typically from four to seven minutes. This it thought to be what "I Get Stoned (Stoned Alone)" sounds like. This piece was recorded live in studio for the BBC Radio (although it is greatly truncated) and was bootlegged in both Rotterdam and Copenhagen. However, the song that opens the Stockholm 1967 show, which appears on The Early Years 1965-1972 box set, is a totally different instrumental improvisation, although a short fragment of the actual track appears in the box set as part of the BBC Radio session.

Interestingly, a studio take of the song appears in an episode of Beat Club, the German TV equivalent of Top Of The Pops, in 1969. The track is used as music to the News section, and lasts for less than a minute. It's uncertain whether this was the BBC session version or not, but how it came to be used on Beat Club, 2 years after being recorded, is a mystery.

"One in a Million"[edit]

"One in a Million" (also known by the titles "Rush in a Million",[16] "Once in a Million", "Rust in a Million", and "Brush Your Window"),[16] is a song performed by the Barrett-era Pink Floyd in 1967.[17] Pink Floyd performed the song at a concert in Copenhagen, Denmark on 13 September 1967.[17][16][18] The discrepancies in the title stem from Roger Waters' misheard stage announcement on the poor audience recording of the show. It was sung by Waters.

"Intremental"[edit]

"Intremental" is a 10-minute instrumental that was recorded at De Lane Lea on 20 October 1967.[19]

"Early Morning Henry"[edit]

A demo from the "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" sessions, as mentioned in David Parker's book "Random Precision," a guide to the recordings of Barrett. Parker states that he contacted Mason to inquire as to what this song was, but Mason could not remember. The master tape for this song is presumed lost.

"Green Onions"[edit]

A cover of "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the M.G.'s was performed on the BBC1 TV program Tomorrow's World on 12 December 1967.

"Have You Got It Yet?"[edit]

"Have You Got It Yet?" is an unfinished song written by Barrett during the short time in which Pink Floyd was a five-piece. At the time, David Gilmour had been asked to join as a fifth member and second guitarist, while Barrett, whose mental state and difficult nature were creating issues with the band, was intended to remain home and compose songs, much as Brian Wilson had done for The Beach Boys; however, this idea was soon abandoned.[20][21][22]

Barrett's unpredictable behaviour at the time and idiosyncratic sense of humour[23] combined to create a song that, initially, seemed like an ordinary Barrett tune. However, as soon as the others attempted to join in and learn the song, Barrett changed the melodies and structure, making it impossible for the others to follow,[21][22] while singing the chorus "Have You Got It Yet?" and having the rest of the band answer "No, no!".[24] This would be his last attempt to write material for Pink Floyd before leaving the band.[24] In fact, Waters stated, in an interview for The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story, that upon realizing Barrett was deliberately making the tune impossible to learn, he put down his bass guitar, left the room, and never attempted to play with Barrett again. Waters had called it "a real act of mad genius".[21][22][24] The song was never recorded by Pink Floyd or Barrett.

Later–era unreleased songs[edit]

"The Committee" Instrumentals[edit]

In early 1968, Pink Floyd recorded several instrumental tracks to be used in the soundtrack to the Peter Sykes film The Committee, starring former Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones. Syd Barrett had originally been approached to record music for the film, but his solo attempt was deemed to be unusable. The band, now with Gilmour on guitar, took over and recorded their pieces in a basement studio in London. The two main pieces are actually the same tune played at two different tempos, with the main riff featured on guitar for the first, the keyboard for the second. A third, lengthy instrumental is an embryonic version of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene". The opening instrumental is a short backwards-played tape made up of Tablas, guitar and a high pitch sound effect, which sounds very similar to what was described by the makers as the piece Barrett had attempted, leading fans to believe his initial idea may have been used by the band. Parts 1 and 2 have seen official release in The Early Years 1965—1972 box set.

"Richard's Rave Up"[edit]

Recorded 13 Feb 68, during sessions for "A Saucerful of Secrets."

"The Boppin' Sound"[edit]

Recorded 13 Feb 68, during sessions for "A Saucerful of Secrets." Was mixed down on that date.

"Incarceration of a Flower Child"[edit]

A Waters-penned song written in 1968, after Barrett left the band, as an attempt to reinvent themselves.[25] The lyrics are about the downfall of Barrett.[26][27] The song was eventually recorded by Marianne Faithfull on her 1999 album Vagabond Ways.[26][27][28] The melody of the opening of the verses provided the chorus of "Your Possible Pasts", from the Pink Floyd album The Final Cut.

"Seabirds"[edit]

"Seabirds" is a song written by Waters for the More soundtrack to the film of the same name.[18] While the song is used in the actual film, during a party scene, it does not appear on the soundtrack album.[18][29] The song is listed on The Early Years 1965—1972 box set, but the track is actually an alternate take of Quicksilver.

"Stefan's Tit"[edit]

An outtake from the More sessions.

"Paris Bar"[edit]

Another More outtake, found on the same multitrack tape as the above track.

"Theme (Dramatic Version)"[edit]

Another More outtake, found on the same multitrack tape as the above tracks.

"Alan's Blues"[edit]

"Alan's Blues" is an instrumental blues song first recorded for the film Zabriskie Point in December 1969. This version was released as a bonus track on the 1997 soundtrack reissue under the title "Love Scene 6." It began appearing in live shows in early 1970, initially along with a couple other Zabriskie instrumentals ("Heart Beat, Pig Meat" and "The Violent Sequence") that were soon dropped. Performed through 1972, often as an encore. Possibly also recorded in 1971. The song appears on various bootleg recordings (usually live, sometimes given the nickname of "Pink Blues").

"Rain in the Country"[edit]

A nearly 7 minute instrumental outtake from the Zabriskie Point sessions, based on "The Narrow Way".[30] It is available on bootleg albums such as Omay Yad.[30] On the bootleg, The Complete Zabriskie Point Sessions, the Take 1 ends in "Unknown Song" while Take 2 ends in "Crumbling Land".

"Oenone"[edit]

A lengthy instrumental in the Zabriskie Point film,[31][32] intended for a sex scene. Three takes were recorded (under the working titles "Love Scene No. 1", "No. 2" and "No. 3"), each somewhat different from the others, but all sharing the same eerie organ-and-guitar motif. The term "Oenone" refers to a Greek mythological character, namely the first wife of Paris of Troy. Early bootleg appearances list the song as "Oneone", sometimes thought to be a misspelling of the mythological character, but more likely a phonetic tip of the hat to Zabriskie Point's director Michelangelo Antonioni.

"Just Another Twelve Bar"[edit]

Another improvised instrumental recorded during the Atom Heart Mother world tour in 1970. The sole circulating recording cuts in midway, and what is heard is close enough to the finale jam of the song "Biding My Time" that it's possible this song is simply an excerpt of that one.

"Pink Blues"[edit]

Often referred to as simply "Blues"; blues jam played after encores during the Meddle tour, during 1971. Also see "Alan's Blues" (above).

"Corrosion in the Pink Room"[edit]

"Corrosion in the Pink Room" is a song written by Waters, Gilmour, Wright, and Mason. It is an instrumental piece that was played at their live shows during the early 1970s. It is a very avant-garde piece, with eerie piano playing by Wright and scatting by Waters, reminiscent of the sounds on "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict". Halfway through, the song transitions to a jazzy blues jam, similar to "Funky Dung". It also was known to feature the "whalesong effect", used during live performances of "Embryo" and, later on, "Echoes". Roger Waters often meddled with their manager Steve O'Rourke while performing, indicated by him calling out "Steven" in this song.[33]

"The Merry Xmas Song"[edit]

"The Merry Xmas Song" is a humorous song written for a one-off performance on BBC radio in 1969, during the Zabriskie Point soundtrack sessions, and performed around 1975. It is notable as the last of only four Pink Floyd songs to feature Mason on vocals (Barrett's "Scream Thy Last Scream," "Corporal Clegg," and "One of These Days").

"Long Blues"[edit]

An improvised blues piece, "Long Blues" was performed live in 1970, at Montreux. Waters announced that since it was "a bit late for mind-expanding, we're going to play some music to calm down to." While similar in sound to "Alan's Blues", some elements from "Funky Dung" and "Mudmen" are definitely present. It appears on the Early Flights, Volume 1 bootleg.

"Bitter Love"[edit]

Written by Waters, the song is about the bad experience Pink Floyd had after agreeing to appear in magazine advertisements for a bitter lemon drink called "Gini". Lyrically, the song describes Waters selling his soul in the desert. The song is also known as "How Do You Feel?".

"Drift Away Blues"[edit]

"Drift Away Blues" is a blues improvisation that was played live[34] on 6 July 1977 at the Stade olympique, Montreal, as an encore, picked in response to an aggressive audience. Waters introduced the song by telling the audience that "since we can't play any more of our songs, here's some music to go home to." Allegedly, Gilmour was upset at this and slipped off the stage rather than play. It appears on the Azimuth Coordinator Part 3 bootleg, and others of that date.

"Overture"[edit]

"Overture" is a song that was written by Waters for The Wall movie.[35] Pink Floyd decided not to include the song and it is unknown if it was ever recorded.[35]

"Death Disco"[edit]

An unreleased portion of The Wall, in which a DJ is heard to taunt an audience. Some Floyd books mistakenly give the title as "The Death of Disco" or "The Death of Cisco." It introduced the fascist ideas later heard in "In the Flesh," and the guitar riff was later developed into "Young Lust."

Unreleased albums[edit]

The Committee soundtrack[edit]

At one point, it was considered that a soundtrack LP should be released containing music heard in the obscure science fiction film The Committee, for which Pink Floyd recorded a handful of seemingly untitled instrumentals, and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown contributed the song "Nightmare." Although bootleg soundtracks (both vinyl and CD) have been released by fans, the fact that the total running time of the material merely fills one side of an LP shows that this may not have been a commercially viable idea.

Zabriskie Point soundtrack[edit]

In 2011, a documentation was found regarding a scrapped Zabriskie Point soundtrack LP consisting entirely of Pink Floyd's score (much of which was rejected from the final film). The soundtrack was in fact released, but the album would have originally consisted of the following songs, possibly in this order:

  1. "Heart Beat, Pig Meat"
  2. "Country Song"
  3. "Fingal's Cave"
  4. "Crumbling Land"
  5. "Alan's Blues"
  6. "Oenone"
  7. "Rain in the Country/Unknown Song"
  8. "Come in No. 51, Your Time Is Up/Careful with That Axe, Eugene"

Sixteen additional tracks were released on The Early Years 1965—1972 box set.

Household Objects[edit]

After the success of The Dark Side of the Moon, the band were unsure of their future direction and worried about how they would be able to top that record's huge popularity. In a return to their experimental beginnings, they began work on a project entitled Household Objects, which would consist of songs played literally on household appliances. Instruments consisted of old hand mixers, rubber bands stretched between two tables, wine glasses, etc., however, the planned album was soon shelved. Two tracks recorded at these sessions, "The Hard Way", and "Wine Glasses" (later incorporated into the opening of Shine On You Crazy Diamond), were released on the Pink Floyd reissues in September and November 2011 on The Dark Side of the Moon (Immersion Box Set) and Wish You Were Here (Experience Version and Immersion Box Set), respectively.

Spare Bricks[edit]

Upon release of the film adaptation of The Wall, the group planned to compile an album consisting of both songs newly recorded for the film, and outtakes from the original Wall LP sessions. The original proposed title for this disc was Spare Bricks, though this was eventually amended to "The Final Cut" – and indeed, the label of the "When the Tigers Broke Free" single released at this time claims the track to be from that album. Eventually, Waters decided to reuse the second title for a new concept album, partially based around rewritten Wall rejects. Despite the claim made by the "Tigers" single, that song did not appear on the album that would finally claim the title of The Final Cut – at least until 2004, when Waters decided to permanently incorporate the song into future CD pressings.

The Big Spliff[edit]

Pink Floyd recorded an ambient music record, The Big Spliff, during the sessions for The Division Bell, but decided not to release it.[36] Part of The Big Spliff was used to create Pink Floyd's fifteenth and final album, The Endless River (2014).[37][38]

See also[edit]

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