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THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE HITS OF PINK FLOYD

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CCVP
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4 stars Pink Floyd goes Philharmonic

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra tribute to Pink Floyd is a really special abum for me for several reasons. Firstly because it is one of the very few albums that I vividly remeber to have listened since a very young age, and putting it to spin always brings me good memories. Secondly, because this album is reatively rare (I have seen a limited number of copies of this album for sale in my lifetime, wherever I have been). Thirdly, this is an amazingly original and interesting tribute album. I mean, the songs which are played here ARE hit singles, hence are widely know to the wide public and could sound tiresome to the prog fan (because he already listened them thousands of times on the albums), but the way they are played here makes them different enough to be an interesting and new experience listening to this album.

The orchestra really dominates the scene here because of the adapted arrangements for an orchestra (obviously). If there were a way to suppress the other instruments that are not part of the orchestra itself without compromising the song I bet there wouldn't be any guitars, drums, keys or electric bass, but, since this is not the case, the band is mostly supporting the orchestra throughout the album when it is needed. The vocals are, for the most part, inexistant also, except in The Great Gig in the Sky, where Lisa Cash delivers a great vocal performance comparable to the original performance by Clare Torry, and in some punctual parts along the album during the choruses mostly.

Grade and Final Thoughts

This tribute and best of album is one that can be apreciated by everybody without any restrictions because it actually brings very good reinterpretations of Pink Floyd songs by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The only downside of this album is that it limits itself to cover just three albums by the band, which are Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Where Here and The Wall, but I guess this is how it is supposed to be since this is a hit singles album.

CCVP | 4/5 |

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