40 years ago today…
Fresh from a recording session for Meddle, Pink Floyd leave the UK on their way to Japan, via Hong Kong, on 31 July 1971.
PF took Atom Heart Mother, and an increasingly polished performance of Echoes, to 3 nights in Japan. Their first trip to the country that would embrace the Floyd in a special way – with obis and booklets not released in other countries, and with the release of their first material on CD, that being some 11 years later.
Japan was followed by the first group trip to Australia, for 2 shows, before returning to the UK on 19th August 1971.