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P-U-L-S-E

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.95 | 750 ratings

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars The peak of Pink Floyd's power is encapsulated in a live extravaganza.

This concert is the one that really put Gilmour, Mason and Wright's Pink Floyd back on the map as at the time of release they were touring and promoting "Division Bell". Suddenly there was this flashing LED red light on the CD shelves beaming it's beckoning message to all those who dared to browse. As people flicked CDs such as Prince, and Procol Harum, the other P band was flashing incessantly out with that innovative CD cover. Of course the LED light soon died out after a while but it was a piece of marketing innovation that was a real stroke of genius. The album cover was part of the strategy to entice the buyer but they need not have bothered as the music is so brilliant it speaks for itself.

This remarkable performance begins with 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' for 13 wonderful minutes and then straight into the utterly entrancing 'Astronomy Domine' that is criminally missing on the DVD! The "Division Bell" songs contained include 'What Do You Want From Me', 'Keep Talking', 'A Great Day For Freedom' and the brilliant 'High Hopes'. 'Coming Back to Life' is a strange choice but 'Learning to Fly' sounds terrific live, especially the middle section. It is nice to hear 'Sorrow' live with a huge intro solo and the whole song is here at 10:30.

We turn to "The Wall" with the mandatory 'Hey You' and 'Another Brick in the Wall: Part Two'. The piece de resistance on the DVD is the awesome 'One of These Days', but unfortunately this one is only available on the LP version. Perhaps it is best seen than heard live with the incredible eyeball searing light show.

CD 2 is the entire "Dark Side of the Moon" concert and one cannot complain listening to this treasure in any format. The live version on this album is certainly masterfully executed. Sam Brown, Claudia Fontaine and Durga McBroom are the girls who power out 'The Great Gig in the Sky'. 'Money' clocks 8:46 and is as amazing as ever with huge sax solo from the incomparable Dick Parry.

The encore of the concert consists of 'Wish You Were Here' and two "The Wall" classics. 'Comfortably Numb' is always a treat in the live arena and Gilmour's stellar lead solo is incredible. The concert ends with 'Run Like Hell' and there ends a brilliant show; 146 minutes of pure Pink Floyd prog excess. There are other live albums of course, but this is the pinnacle. The DVD is definitely the way to experience the concert but the CD still encompasses the true genius of the legendary Pink Floyd. I give the CD 4 stars, and the DVD 5 stars. That is a fair assessment as the full audio and visual experience is unbeatable.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |

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