Pink Floyd Meddle - Limited Edition Trance Remix
By Mike Johnsen 1999
Several years ago I acquired copies of a few Pink Floyd albums which had been remixed in the techn-trance/ambient style. There is no artist taking credit for the works, and since the remixes followed the complete Floyd albums, which included "Wish You Were Here", "Meddle", Atom Heart Mother", "Animals", and the sought after "Dark Side of the Moon," I figured proper permission was not granted. Floyd need not worry, and neither does the record company, because the remixes are all true to the originals in style and quality, and a whole new geenration is turning on to the landmark works of Pink Floyd. Needless to say, they all are impossible to find at any "official" record store or iTunes- odd internet sites or word-of-mouth is your best options for obtaining these rarities.
I particularly enjoyed "Meddle", and after much searching I was able to obtain a copy....
The tapes I had were recorded low, and it was impossible to get a great sound. I was concerned that the source might be poorly recorded, as is the case for some bootlegs. The disk I came across is pressed (it's not a CD-R copy) and the quality of the disk is fine.
Side by side: the original and the remix have the same song titles and order: One of These Days, A Pillow of Winds, Fearless, San Tropez, Seamus, and Echoes. The difference in track time is noticeable however,- 73:41 for the remix (vs. about 46 min. for the original).
Overall the remix is a bit more mellow and spacey than the original, and the trance remixe contains large sections of the original Floyd tunes. "One of These Days" lacks the tense explosion in the middle of the song, opting more for a held-back, heavily echoed treatment which keeps you in suspense. "A Pillow of Wind" is very true to the original, with more retrospective drifts and hypnotic patterns.
This album starts the take off in "Fearless," where the dub seeps in and makes you move. If you want to dance- this is as close as you'll come, because "San Tropez" and "Seamus" morph into an outerspace voyage- the true spirit of Floyd really comes through here and the author of these remixes transforms "Seamus" into a completely different tune. "Seamus" is the most altered on the disk- there's not much but the howling dog and a bit of that lazy, bluesy guitar which Floyd did oh so well. Really, Floyd was a blues band which, like the Dead and the San Francisco Bay scene in the 60's, was just stretching the blues beats into psychedelia. The remix does break up the album a bit, like the original, before launching into Echoes- my favorite on the original, and on the remix. Whoever remixed this had a great grasp of Floyd and it shows in Echoes. This disk is a "must hear" for Floyd fans- it almost makes the original sound square - so you may want to try to seek it out.
While the remixer remains anonymous on the cover, there are styles in the remixes which remind me of some DJ's I enjoy. My guess would be Alex Paterson of The Orb. Maybe one day they will be able to come forward and receive a 'job well done' from their fans.
© Michael Johnsen 1999