The Man & the Journey

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15 tracks
Running time
66:47

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Daybreak 6:41 5,250
2 Work 1:25 1,764
3 Teatime 3:34 787
4 Afternoon 5:25 2,300
5 Doing It 1:20 3,590
6 Sleep 2:13 3,424
7 Nightmare 6:47 4,446
8 Daybreak, Part 2 1:21 101
9 The Beginning 3:03 4,825
10 Beset by Creatures of the Deep 3:27 1,952
11 The Narrow Way 12:11 5,448
12 The Pink Jungle 4:36 3,619
13 The Labyrinths of Auximenes 2:52 3,303
14 Behold!... The Temple of Light 5:31 171
15 The End of the Beginning 6:21 2,593

About this album

The Man and the Journey is the name of a conceptual music piece performed at Pink Floyd live shows in 1969. It consists of several of their early songs coupled with material that would appear on Soundtrack from the Film More and Ummagumma, as well as unreleased songs. The material was incorporated into two album-length suites, The Man and The Journey. The concerts also included visual performance elements such as the sawing and construction of a table and consumption of afternoon tea onstage.

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. A truncated version of the show was recorded 12 May, 1969 for the Top Gear radio programme. The 17 September performance in Amsterdam is the most widely bootlegged of the shows on the tour because it was broadcast by radio station VPRO. Plans for an official live album release of The Man and the Journey were considered, but abandoned due to overlap of material with Ummagumma.

To most fans, the work is either entirely unknown or at least unrecognized as the genesis of Pink Floyd’s ‘themed pieces’. The band themselves have seldom made reference to it in later interviews. Yet the unique combination of quadraphonic sound effects, abstract program music, and recursive themes — all of which can be traced to The Man and The Journey — were to become further developed in the band’s most enduring music.

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