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It’s been said that music is the closest thing we have to time travel. Case in point: the new live album and concert film from Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets. Live At The Roundhouse captures the former Pink Floyd drummer and his supergroup of talented friends – guitarists Lee Harris and Gary Kemp, keyboardist Dom Beken, and longtime Floyd associate Guy Pratt on bass – as they tackle some of Pink Floyd’s earliest deep cuts in the famed London venue. The 22-song set is available now as  2-CD/DVD (with BluRay to follow).

It came as a surprise when, in 2018, Nick Mason announced a world tour with a new band, Saucerful of Secrets. Even though David Gilmour and Roger Waters, respectively, had built new careers revisiting Pink Floyd and solo successes in arenas and grand halls, it hadn’t really occurred to anyone that Nick Mason might chart a similar course. But why not? He was Pink Floyd’s most dependable member – the ever-steady heartbeat of the band, the only one to appear on every album and experience every era. The affable timekeeper had long stood in the shadows of his bandmates and their acrimony, and now it was his turn in the spotlight.

From the start, Mason made clear that his show would be markedly different from those of his former bandmates.   Mason would track his own unique course by focusing only on pre-Dark Side material. On the heels of the 2016 Early Years box set, the Syd Barrett-led era was fresh in the minds of Floydians and had no doubt found a new audience. So every ingredient was just about perfect here: great material, a fantastic band, and, as is Nick Mason’s specialty, impeccable timing.

But one more ingredient that makes this particular performance so special is the venue itself. London’s Roundhouse holds an important place in Pink Floyd’s history, as it was something of a second home to the band from 1966 to 1972. . Whether it be the early singles of 1967 and 1968, or the heavier fare from the early ’70s, the Saucerful of Secrets band makes the songs their own while simultaneously honoring the arrangements that fans have come to love. If that weren’t enough, many of these songs hadn’t been performed onstage in decades (if at all) and were finally given a chance at a new life.