Newness from the overly-talented Ill Po:
“My Uncle Asked me to pass this album along to anyone interested. Some will argue that the following story is a fabrication. That it’s just another haphazard gimmicky mash-up record made by some bedroom DJ. All I can do is give you my uncle’s story” – Ill Poetic
“My name is Joseph Stein, and I was an Intern back in the late 1970’s and early ‘80s at a UK-based label called Harvest Heritage Records. Basically, this label was a subsidiary of Harvest Records, which put out a lot of seminal music in what I would call the “Classic Era” of music. Now, Harvest Heritage basically handled reissues of the major Harvest releases as well as smaller releases in the 70’s and on.
Fast forward to a couple months ago. I was digging through my storage unit, rummaging through a lot of my old records from the Heritage days when I came across something that I realized had never seen the light of day.
Now, in the early 1980’s, Marvin Gaye had relocated from the states out this way to Belgium. At the time he was separating from Motown. I believe he was touring out one of his last records with them, the “In Our Lifetime” record, maybe. At this time, Pink Floyd was wrapping up some extra tour dates for their The Wall Tour. They had a four day run at Earl’s Court, and planned on getting a lot of footage for the Documentary that they later released.
It just so happened that Marvin was in town with an off day from his tour and stopped in during stage set-up and rehearsals. Apparently, something was worked out as to get him on stage performing with Pink Floyd. The next night at Earl’s Court, Marvin came out and performed “Let’s Get it On” over “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”. I’ll never forget it.
Fast forward a bit, and Marvin and Roger (Waters) begin kicking around the idea of recording some material together. Now at the time, Marvin is pissed with Motown and decides he wants to re-record some of these songs over an entirely different canvas. So Marvin and Roger decide to collide some of their favorite songs together. Kind of like what these DJs do with these “Mash-Up” records, only they’re bringing in the instruments and everything.
So they knock the record out really quick. Everyone digs it. Since these songs already existed, Harvest viewed it as a re-issue of sorts and passed it along to Harvest Heritage to take care of the details. Unfortunately, none of the Marvin songs or images we wanted to use could get clearance from Motown’s lawyers. That isn’t to say the records weren’t pressed up, they just couldn’t be released.
Ok, so fast-forward to this past autumn. I’m digging through my storage unit. I have TONS of records in here, as well as some keepsakes from my Record Label interning days. Needless to say I came across one of the rare copies of the Marvin Gaye and Pink Floyd Record. Obviously this would never get cleared to sell. I thought about eBay, but I just couldn’t bring myself to sell out the music like that.
So now, during the holidays, I have some time of f. Since he’s in town visiting, I figured I’d ask my nephew to help me put the vinyl record on my computer and turn the songs into mp3s. He helped me upload the pictures above of the album cover. I might have some footage in here of the live performance as well. If you’re reading this, feel free to spread the good music.” – Joseph Stein
Hit the jump to listen and DL after the jump….
2 years ago, I made a mash-up record, piecing together the production of Pink Floyd with the vocals of Marvin Gaye (in the tradition of my previous mash-ups “Joe Budden/Portishead” & “NIN/Outkast” as well as Sade “Sweetest Gift” Remix).
Rather than just release it to everyone, I wanted to go further. So I researched both the histories of Pink Floyd and Marvin. I found exactly when they would’ve recorded this record together and how it would’ve happened. I create a website for the person responsible for unearthing this lost record ( www.harvestingheritage.com ) and made sure the histories matched up. In the story, this “record label intern” is waiting for his nephew to visit him to help him upload this vinyl album to the internet. I play the role of his nephew. So….
Over the past couple months, I’ve had key friends (bloggers, radio, industry friends, DJs, etc.) spread rumors across message boards, write columns, tweet, etc. about a possible lost album between Marvin Gaye and Pink Floyd.
Rather than mash-up an album, I wanted to mash-up two experiences and let people’s imaginations take it from there.