Early Morning Henry featuring Pink Floyd Found – Listen Now!

Early Morning Henry Acetate – finally found after 53 years lost!

Pink Floyd collectors will be very excited to learn that a recording, thought lost forever, probably featuring Pink Floyd as a backing band, has been found after many years. It will be available for auction on 16th October in Wessex, England at 12pm BST.

The recording is Early Morning Henry, the auction house is Wessex Auction House, the songwriter/artist is William “Billy” Butler and the backing band was none other than Pink Floyd.

It was recorded on 23rd October 1967 at Abbey Road Studios. The recording sheet is below showing Pink Floyd were recording Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun at the time.

The recording was produced by Norman “Hurricane” Smith who was a former RAF Pilot, worked with the Beatles and Pink Floyd. After the recording session, it is noted in the recording sheet above that the recording went off with Norman never to be seen again until now.

Listen to Early Morning Henry featuring Pink Floyd

Listen to the recording below in a world exclusive!

The man who bought the acetate as part of a huge cache of 500,000 items tells the story…

Myself and my partner bought one of the UK’s biggest Music publishing company library 2 years ago, over 500,000 items, that included about 50,000+ unreleased Demo Acetates, most only had the track name, sometimes the publishing company name and if very lucky the writer’s names and if even more lucky the artist’s name.

I already had 2 Unreleased David Bowie Acetates from 1966 which sold at auction, about 40+ unreleased Elton John Acetates from 1968, about 30+ unreleased Jeff Lynne (Idle race) Acetates from around 1968- 1970, and many many more.

This Acetate took some time to unveil what it was, but when looking at the files I found this is a William “Billy” Butler written track.

“Earley Morning Henry” Appears

Well here it is for the first time, one of the holy grails for Pink Floyd collectors, this track was recorded in Abbey Road on the 23rd of October 1967 by Pink Floyd, but never heard before now, for years people were looking in vain to find this track and after 53 years here is the only remaining proof this track exist.

The story is that the producer on the day Norman “Hurricane” Smith took the master tape with him (see photo of original recording schedule for Abbey Road) on that day, now here is the reason, Norman “Hurricane” Smith managed William “Billy” Butler who was also in the studio at the same time and asked Pink Floyd as a favour to record this track, William wrote so that it can be used as a Demo.

William “Billy” Butler was in Abbey Road studios at the same time (he was also a sound engineer), so he sang on the track with Syd Barrett probably supplying harmony vocals and Pink Floyd playing, it was done in 1 take.

William “Billy” Butler sounds so much like David Bowie, it was thought to have been David Bowie singing on this track until recently, when the story unfolded.

William “Henry” Butler was also a member of the groups “Eternal Triangle” and “Gullivers People” and was signed to Jamarnie Music as a songwriter (from which library this Acetate copy came from). A unique piece of Pink Floyd history available for the first time and probably the last!

Auction Details

The auction takes place on 16th October at Wessex Auction Rooms. Details of the lots are here.

Read more on the back story to the song on the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit website

Come and discuss this amazing find on the NPF Forum.

Roger Waters Us+Them on Sky Arts Freeview

Roger Waters Us and Them Concert Film Streaming Video
Roger Waters Us and Them Concert Film Streaming Video

A week before its official release on glorious bluray, Roger Waters epic Us+Them concert film is to be broadcast on Sky Arts in the UK. It is not the full version of course, it is an edited down director’s cut (I’m not funny enough to think of a joke linking that to the final cut album you try) but it is broadcast at 9PM GMT in the UK for free.

As a UK person I actually had no idea that Sky Arts had come to Freeview – it is usually a subscription channel as far as I know. They often feature lots of Pink Floyd content and have broadcast plenty over the years.

In addition to the main prize at 9PM, they are also broadcasting lots of other goodies from 6:30pm so have you dinner, get a brew and tuck in!

How do I get Sky Arts for Free?

Sky Arts is now available on channel 11 and through Freeview Play. You’ll need to retune your TV or set top box to update your channels and watch Sky Arts. You will want to do that today rather than leaving it to the last minute to avoid any increase in blood pressure beyond healthy parameters! How to return my TV????

Sky Arts Schedule : Pink Floyd & Roger Waters

6:30pm Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii

David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright perform hits including Echoes and A Saucerful of Secrets amid the eerie empty ruins of Pompeii’s Ancient Roman amphitheatre. [S]

7:45pm – 9pm New: Pink Floyd: P.U.L.S.E.

New. An electrifying performance from the iconic rock band, who took to the stage at Earls Court in London for The Division Bell Tour in 1994 to perform hits such as High Hopes. [S]

9:00pm – 11:30pm New: Roger Waters: Us + Them

New. Following the Pink Floyd co-founder in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 – 2018 tour. Featuring songs from the band’s albums as well as his latest solo offering.

11:30pm – 12:45am Pink Floyd: The Story Of Wish You Were Here

New interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason tell the fascinating story of the making of Pink Floyd’s landmark 1975 album Wish You Were Here. [S]

Roger Waters Us + Them Bluray Release

This epic concert film is released on Bluray next week on Friday 2nd October 2020 so make sure you pre-order it now from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com so you get it ASAP.

I had the good fortune of watching this amazing concert at the Echo Arena in Liverpool (my review, pics and video). Absolutely loved the show. The visuals and theatre of it was magnificent. Combined with a great live performance, this recording is a must have.