Today I Learned: Pink Floyd Made A Special “Pigs On The Wing” Version For 8-Track Players Only

Here’s a little Pink Floyd fact I never knew.  When Pink Floyd released “Animals” in January of 1977, the album had a very strange track listing.  It only had a total of 5 songs and two of them Pigs on the Wing (Part 1 & Part 2) were each only 1:25 long.

Pink Floyd Animals Album Cover Battersea Power Plant Pig

Side A

  1. Pigs on the Wing (Part 1)
    01:25 (Waters)
  2. Dogs
    17:04 (Waters/Gilmour)

Side B

  1. Pigs (Three Different Ones)
    11:22 (Waters)
  2. Sheep
    10:24 (Waters)
  3. Pigs on the Wing (Part 2)
    01:25 (Waters)

Because of the strange track listing and because of 8-track technology, Pink Floyd had to make a special version of Pigs on a Wing for the 8-track release by linking part 2 and part 1 with a guitar solo.

Pink Floyd Snowy White Guitar Solo Pigs on A Wing Animals 8-Track

The weird thing is the guitar solo was not played by any member of Pink Floyd, it was played by a man named Snowy White who went on to be one of their touring band members.

Pink Floyd Snowy White Pigs On A Wing 8-track Version Guitar Solo

Roger Waters was looking for an extra guitarist for Floyd’s upcoming tour and asked White come by the studio while they were recording the “Animals” album. Waters suggested they might as well put Snowy to work because they had just messed up and deleted David Gilmour’s guitar solo on Pigs on the Wing.  This “Snowy version” was only available on the 8-track tape as the song was eventually separated into two parts.  Only those lucky enough to have purchased the album on eight-track got to hear the song as it was originally recorded.

Check it out…

The Pink FloydAnimals” 8-track is now somewhat of a collectable because of this special version.  I am on a mission to find one now.

Pink Floyd Animals 8-Track Tape Pigs On A Wing Snowy White Guitar Solo

Some other eight-tracks included extra musical content to fill in time such as a piano solo on Lou Reed’s “Berlin” and extra verses on The Rolling Stones Some Girls“.

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