Embryo (Pink Floyd song)

Embryo (Pink Floyd Song)

Embryo (Pink Floyd song)

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"Embryo" (sometimes called "The Embryo") is a song by Pink Floyd. It was a concert staple in 1970–71, but a full band version was never released on a Pink Floyd studio album — though a greatly shortened studio version did appear form on the compilation Works in 1983 and also on a rare multi-artist album entitled Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air.


The studio version of the song, recorded in 1968,Jones, Malcolm The Making of The Madcap Laughs, 1982 was a quiet, almost acoustic piece sung by David Gilmour with a duration of under five minutes. The song ends with an organ solo and high-pitched vocal gibberish (with bassist Roger Waters having sped his voice up, much like he did on Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict). This studio take has not appeared on any Pink Floyd album except Works, an American compilation. A short version similar to the studio cut was recorded "live" for a December 2, 1968 BBC session.

Live performances

The earliest known instance of Embryo played live was January 18, 1970, in Croydon.Hodges, Nick and Priston, Ian Embryo: A Pink Floyd Chronology 1966–1971. Cherry Red Books, 1999, p. 192. It was far longer than the studio take, lasting twelve minutes. It more closely resembled the studio take in arrangement, with Gilmour playing the acoustic rhythm part on electric...
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