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IN CONCERT - DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.61 | 130 ratings

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars Gilmour, Mason and Wright, and......er... the others, put on a light show!

'Delicate Sound...' is one of those live albums that is best seen and not just heard. I believe this was my first foray into Floyd territory on the small screen, a worn out video sits forlornly in a cupboard now gathering dust, but at the time in 1989 it was a true joy to watch my heroes prog it out to some very colourful eyeball searing lighting. Of course they topped it with 'P-U-L-S-E', we all know that, but this was it as far as the new Pink Floyd goes, and it was not all that bad, though could have done with some editing and better shots of the band members, and a stronger set list. Filmed primarily at the Nassau Coliseum, New York in 1988, the video suffers purely from the set list which is missing so many definitive songs.

The band members seem to disappear behind the hyper light show and even seem to be oblivious that there is even an audience at times; completely lost in the music and why not, it is great music. All the classics are here that any Floyd fan would revel in; on demand you can indulge in the majesty of 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond', the chilling, top heavy droning 'One of These Days', the infamous 'Time', the acoustic classic 'Wish You Were Here', the lulling meandering 'Us and Them', the time sig bassline and sax of 'Money', the raucous Wall blaster 'Run Like Hell' and the showstopping Gilmour lead breaker 'Comfortably Numb'.

They are all played with well executed musicianship, as we have come to expect, and the singing is fine and dominated by Gilmour. The voluptuous, ever-grooving dancing girls get a chance to wail on the iconic 'The Great Gig In the Sky', especially eye candy songstress/diva Rachel Fury who overpowers the others for sheer beauty and vocal prowess.

There are many newer tracks (at the time) from 'Momentary Lapse of Reason' such as a favourite, the melodic soaring 'Learning to Fly' and 'Sorrow' with its long guitar intro, among others. Though tracks such as 'One Slip' we can well do without.

Overall, it is not an exceptional concert but not too bad as a record of how Floyd used to present themselves. It is definitely recommended over the lacklustre album as the visual feast is the key component that hold the interest on this particular set list.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |

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