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P-U-L-S-E

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.93 | 524 ratings

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thehallway
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4 stars A nice selection here, played by a "band" that are consistently good but never amazing.

There were lots of people on stage for this tour, all adding something (some more than others; PARRY!) to the overall sound without things becoming busy. The ACTUAL members aren't playing at their best but, it had been a while since they last touched an instrument so fairplay to them. All the classics, plus some very un-classic material are showcased with a lot of fire and energy, especially in the 'DSOTM' recital. I think for the first half though, the Floyd had a momentary lapse of reason when choosing certain songs...

'Shine On' is abridged (shame, 'cos Water's did the lot when he went solo) but retains the "feel" nonetheless. 'Astronomy Domine' works so well that you sort of wish more Barrett-era songs were included; it sends a shiver down my spine. Then we have a whole bunch of mediocre tunes from the post-Waters albums. These are fine and loyal to the originals, trouble is, the originals weren't particularly great compositions. 'What Do You Want From Me?' is the only track from this section that fits with the older stuff, because it was written in that psychedelic blues-rock style in the first place. As for the 'Dark Side', we have a very retrospective yet developed song cycle with a lot of enjoyment to release. In particular, the 'Great Gig...', 'Money' (of course), and 'Any Colour You Like' have a lot of power. The latter song I've always loved anyway, I only wish they had extended the jam on stage. After these we have what I assume is the encore, a fairly straight rendition of 'WYWH', a cool 'Comfortably Numb' which is overrated as usual, and a much better 'Run Like Hell' that works well as a finale.

Nothing of immense glory here but probably the best live release from this era of Floyd. I know they never do, but if they had played some 'Animals', 'Piper', and perhaps 'Meddle', it would have been a perfect show.

Watch out for Publius Enigmas!

thehallway | 4/5 |

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