Footage of classic period Pink Floyd is so rare and few, that Live in Pompeii is a real treat. It was filmed in 1971, at the peak of their musical genius and creativity, not to devalue the musical and conceptual brilliance of the masterworks Wish You Were Here. Roger Waters (bass), David Gilmour (guitar), Richard Wright (keyboards) and Nick Mason (drums) – young, energetic, creative and unpretentious. At this point in time, pre-Dark Side Of The Moon, they weren’t yet settled in a niche; they hadn’t yet made it into the consensus, and kept experimenting, trying new things, getting messy with synthesizers and recording techniques.
The band insisted on playing live, and brought their regular touring gear with them. Their roadie, Peter Watts, suggested that their 24 track recorder would produce a sound whose quality was compatible to that of a recording studio, which would be magnified by the natural echo of the amphitheater.
Would have killed a squirrel to even be the cable boy during the 4 days that the filming took place.