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Pink Floyd - Live At Pompeii (The Director's Cut) CD (album) cover


Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.58 | 612 ratings

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3 stars I don't need to tell you this DVD will be essential viewing for anyone who ever wondered what Pink Floyd looked like in their prime, giving a splendid performance of "Echoes" and other pieces, surrounded by sunny Roman ruins! Too many reviewers told you already .

I would just like to add that the Director's Cut is ideal for anyone who ever wondered what the keyboards setup in Abbey Road studios was like. Apart from the Pompeii footage, there are tantalising glimpses of Rick Wright and David Gilmour recording piano and guitar overdubs for DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. Each time you've started enjoying their playing, the camera slowly moves away, only to show you the same old Hammond organ, the same synthesizer and the same stack of headphones. (At least I think it's headphones; our TV screen is on the small side.) The first two times this happens you're mildly annoyed; from the third time onwards you just want to get up and give your own private performance of "Careful with that axe Eugene".

If I have one gripe with the actual Pompeii concert, it's that we get to see far too much of Nick Mason. Oh, I know he had a cute moustache, and there's really nothing WRONG with what he is doing, but during "Echoes pt.1" we hardly ever see Roger Waters, and it's terribly frustrating that Gilmour is nowhere to be found during "One of these days", or during the most exciting moments of "Echoes pt. 2". At least not in the Director's Cut. All this is a shame, especially if you consider that the digitally restored footage is wonderfully clear.

I'll always be fond of LIVE AT POMPEII because a couple of friends and I organised a showing of this film in our hometown, Genk, now thirty years ago. We'd set up a charity named VIBRANIA - does the name ring a bell with you? If anyone reading this remembers that momentous occasion, drop me a line!

fuxi | 3/5 |


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