The Man and The Journey

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The Man and The Journey is a suite of music performed in concert by Pink Floyd during their 1969 tour.[1] They consist of several of their early songs, some unreleased songs, and material later included on Soundtrack from the Film More and Ummagumma.[1] The concerts featured visual performance elements such as the sawing and construction of a table, and consumption of afternoon tea onstage.[1]


The concept was first performed 14 April 1969 at the Royal Festival Hall in a show billed as The Massed Gadgets of Auximenes – More Furious Madness from Pink Floyd.[1][2] A truncated version of the show was recorded 12 May 1969 for the Top Gear radio programme.[1][2] The 17 September performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is the most widely bootlegged of the shows on the tour (however, incomplete)[3] because it was broadcast by radio station VPRO.[1][2] Plans for an official live album release of The Man and The Journey were considered,[2] but abandoned because of overlap of material with Ummagumma. A recording of The Man and The Journey has been released as part of The Early Years 1965–1972 box set in November 2016.[4]

Example track list (from the Amsterdam show, 1969)[edit]

All songs written by David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright, except where noted.

Part I: The Man
1."Daybreak" ("Grantchester Meadows",[5][2] from Ummagumma)Roger Waters8:09
2."Work" (Percussion and vibraphone with musical sawing & hammering) 3:50
3."Teatime" (Pink Floyd were served tea on stage at this point, similar to "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" from Atom Heart Mother)  
4."Afternoon" ("Biding My Time", from Relics)Waters5:15
5."Doing It!" ("The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Entertainment)" [6:12 onwards], from Ummagumma, or in some performances it was replaced by a unique combination of "Up the Khyber"[2] [from Soundtrack from the Film More] and an early "Heart Beat, Pig Meat" [from Zabriskie Point]) 3:49
6."Sleep" ("Quicksilver",[2] from Soundtrack from the Film More) 4:40
7."Nightmare" ("Cymbaline",[2] from Soundtrack from the Film More)Waters8:57
8."Labyrinth" (alarm clock sound effects, or "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party (Exit)") 1:13
Part II: The Journey
1."The Beginning" ("Green Is the Colour",[6] from Soundtrack from the Film More)Waters4:49
2."Beset by Creatures of the Deep" ("Careful with That Axe, Eugene"[6]) 6:18
3."The Narrow Way" ("The Narrow Way, Part 3",[6] from Ummagumma)Gilmour5:09
4."The Pink Jungle" ("Pow R. Toc H.",[6] from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, or in some performances a unique instrumental, similar to "Nick's Boogie")Syd Barrett, Mason, Waters, Wright4:49
5."The Labyrinths of Auximenes" (Let There Be More Light instrumental middle section from A Saucerful of Secrets) 6:34
6."Footsteps/Doors" (Footsteps are heard, similar to the percussion part from "The Hard Way" for Household Objects, later released in the Immersion Edition of The Dark Side of the Moon) 3:12
7."Behold the Temple of Light" (A few seconds of this piece are heard on Ummagumma at the beginning of "The Narrow Way: Part 3", greatly expanded here) 5:28
8."The End of the Beginning" ("A Saucerful of Secrets, Pt. IV - Celestial Voices"[6] [8:38 onwards], from A Saucerful of Secrets) 6:14

Note, this is an example track listing only. Often, "Doing It" is cited as being "Up the Khyber", "Syncopated Pandemonium" (part 2 of "A Saucerful of Secrets" – the first show of the tour featured this) or "Party Sequence". Sometimes, "The End of the Beginning" is cited to also include "Storm Signal", another part of "A Saucerful of Secrets".


A live recording of The Man and The Journey was released for the first time in 2016 as part of the boxset, The Early Years 1965-1972, included in the 1969: Dramatis/ation volume. This was recorded in Amsterdam on 17 September 1969. The "Teatime" part of the recording, which runs for 3:36 min and does consist of only some barely audible noises, wasn't used for the release.

The track list for this version is as follows:

  1. "Daybreak" ("Grantchester Meadows") – 8:14
  2. "Work" – 4:12
  3. "Afternoon" ("Biding My Time") – 6:39
  4. "Doing It" – 3:54
  5. "Sleeping" – 4:38
  6. "Nightmare" ("Cymbaline") – 9:15
  7. "Labyrinth" – 1:10
  8. "The Beginning" ("Green Is the Colour") – 3:25
  9. "Beset by Creatures of the Deep" ("Careful with That Axe, Eugene") – 6:27
  10. "The Narrow Way, Part 3" – 5:11
  11. "The Pink Jungle" ("Pow R. Toc H.") – 4:56
  12. "The Labyrinths of Auximines" – 3:20
  13. "Footsteps" / "Doors" – 3:12
  14. "Behold the Temple of Light" – 5:32
  15. "The End of the Beginning (A Saucerful of Secrets)" – 6:31

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Crawfurd, Jacob. "Unreleased Pink Floyd material". Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  3. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "Soundtracks, Compilations & Bootlegs". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 227. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
  4. ^ Pink Floyd (15 September 2016). "Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1965-1972 (Unboxing Video)". Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1stchapter=The Albums ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 161. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
  6. ^ a b c d e Crawfurd, Jacob. "Unreleased Pink Floyd material". Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2018.