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P-U-L-S-E

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.41 | 402 ratings

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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5 stars Pink Floyd Shine On in Earl's Court, London.

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". The DVD cover graced stores in 1995 with the twin eyeballs balancing, representing the enigmatic illustration on the CD cover. The packaging is terrific featuring a booklet with many colourful photos.

This remarkable performance begins with 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' for 13 wonderful minutes. The light show is bound at first to the circular dish showing scenes from the Pink Floyd film archives that are seen in the live shows. The "Division Bell" songs contained include 'What Do You Want From Me', 'Keep Talking', 'A Great Day For Freedom' and the brilliant 'High Hopes'. The film used for this is the promo clip with surreal dream imagery. 'Learning to Fly' sounds terrific live, especially the middle section and we see a beautiful sparkling light effect over the massive crowd. It is nice to see 'Sorrow' live and Gilmour is a study of concentration with a huge intro solo and the whole song is here at 10:30. "The Wall" is well represented with the mandatory 'Hey You' and 'Another Brick in the Wall: Part Two'. The piece de resistance here is the awesome 'One of These Days', which is not on the CD. Perhaps it is best seen than heard live with the incredible eyeball searing light show. The enormous semi circular video screen is ablaze with glorious lights circulating over the band and crowd. It is an awesome sight and definitely ranks as one of the moments of the show. During the infamous echo solo section the video screen shows an elliptical laser effect and the ugly pig soars overhead.

The second part of the show is the entire "Dark Side of the Moon" concert and one cannot complain listening to this treasure in any format. The live version is certainly masterfully executed. Sam Brown, Claudia Fontaine and Durga McBroom are the girls who power out 'The Great Gig in the Sky'. They look fantastic and get arousing ovations after every section. '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. During this solo a large chandelier creation descends and opens to reveal a swirling array of dazzling lights. It certainly is an unforgettable sight. The concert ends with 'Run Like Hell', with huge blinding lights that rotate across the stage, and there ends a brilliant show. There are other live DVDs of course, but this is the pinnacle. The DVD is definitely the way to experience the concert though 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 | 5/5 |

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