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3.89 | 16 ratings

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4 stars I f what you`re looking for is the music of Pink Floyd played by rock group and symphony orchestra you can`t go wrong with this exquisitely engineered and produced gemstone.

Niether the orchestra or the group really dominates and the separation and balance between the two is perfect. Ironically it`s the orchestra which goes out of control at times, particularily on the opening track, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, where the glorious horn section sounds like it`s playing action sequence music from the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball.The blandness which often encountered on orchestral renditions of music which was written with a rock ensemble in mind is definitely not present here.The lyrics to the songs are suggested by a vocal chorus who sing only the main themes with various instruments of the orchestra taking turns picking up the stated melodies creating a nice overall effect throughout the whole work. While for the most part the original score is adhered to with the band sounding almost like Floyd, intersesting deviations occur such as a coda on Money and the saxophone part on Us And Them substituted by a trombone while Lisa Cash delivers a flawless female vocalization on Great Gig In THe Sky. The sound effects of the cash register intro on Money and the chimes at the beginning of Time are retained and sound pretty close to the original. While this might come under scrutiny, they are justified by the fact that they are technically well done.

A highly recommended appendix to Floyd`s better known songs from Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall for those who have played the life and death out of them in their original form and just can`t get enough but are not too crazy about pure orchestral elucidations. With the help of colouring from the instruments of the orchestra which are constantly fluttering about, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Hits Of Pink Floyd, is a testimony to the potential of Pink Floyd`s compositional brilliance in during the seventies. Arguably one of the better trubute albums to any artist.

Vibrationbaby | 4/5 |


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