Pink Floyd Off The Wall – Special Radio Construction
Pink Floyd – Off The Wall is a rare 1979 US eight track, radio-friendly white-label promo sampler LP for The Wall album distributed mainly to radio stations. The album features extended versions of several tracks, along with clean intros and outros. In addition to gaps between the tracks, the vinyl has deeper-cut grooves for better sound quality.
Among the cool stuff contained in this sampler’s eight tracks are a longer version of “Run Like Hell” with a clean opening and cold fade without crowd noises, a version of “Young Lust with a clean outro that lacks the phone call dialog, and a version of “Goodbye Blue Sky” that has a clean intro with no sound effects.
One of the FM stations I worked at in Los Angeles back in the day had a copy of this beauty. It’s one of the better Pink Floyd vinyl rarities out there. Expect to spend $100-$200 USD or more when you find one.
What’s different about this disc from any other? Here’s the track-by-track rundown:
Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 — The “hit.” Nothing special here. This version lacks the 0:09 second extended instrumental intro of the single version. It has the same ending as the single version — a fade out towards the end of David Gilmour’s guitar solo.
Goodbye Blue Sky — It lacks the pastoral sound effects at the beginning of the track. The acoustic guitar intro is clean for about the first 0:09. On the album/CD version, you can still hear sound effects of birds and bomber fleets until the synths kick in. The outro is a wash. Here, the fade out completes right at the same spot in the music where we’d hear the first notes of “Empty Spaces” on the CD.
Young Lust — The track starts with the same the pickup beat and straight into the vocal as the album/CD release. It clocks in at 3:25 on this release. Basically, it’s the same run time as the original LP version, but the pick-up note at the beginning lacks the crossover from “Empty Spaces” and the outro is clean lacking the dialog of phone call back home.
One Of My Turns — A clean version of the track with nothing obscuring the beginning or the the end. The opening synth is unobscured and and has a faster attack that fades in quicker. The first 0:06 of the track is clean and lacks the dial tone sound effects of the album version. At the end of the track, the echo and reverb of Roger Waters’ vocal “Why are you running away…?” sustains for about 0:03 longer than the album version.
Hey You — No different than the album version. The vocal echo of “…we fall” fades out right before the opening sound effects start on the album version of “Nobody Home”.
Nobody Home — No different than the album version.
Comfortably Numb — No different than the album version.
Run Like Hell — This extended album version of “Run Like Hell” has a clean opening and cold fade without crowd noises. This version has the complete, extended 8-bar intro with additional guitar “flair.” The outro is extended and has the full guitar refrain which repeats twice (instead of once) for the full 16 bars.
Pink Floyd Off The Wall – Special Radio Construction LP Track Listing
All songs written and composed by Roger Waters, except where noted.
|1||“Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)”||Gilmour, Waters||3:19|
|2||“Goodbye Blue Sky”||Gilmour||2:24|
|3||“Young Lust”||Waters, Gilmour||Gilmour||3:27|
|4||“One of My Turns”||Waters||3:41|
Total Time: 12:49
|1||“Hey You”||Gilmour, Waters||4:38|
|3||“Comfortably Numb”||Gilmour, Waters||Waters, Gilmour||6:20|
|4||“Run Like Hell”||Gilmour, Waters||Waters||4:43|
Total Time: 19:13