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Pink Floyd biography
Formed in 1965 in London, UK - Disbanded in 1994 - Reunited with different formation on several ocasions

One of the biggest bands of all time

Of all the bands who come under the progressive rock banner, Pink Floyd are, arguably, the act most recognisable in the wider music community to music lovers of all genres. Yet, as revealed famously by Nick Mason in an old interview, even at the height of their fame, they could walk down any street, and passers-by would not have recognised a member of one of the most commercially successful acts in music history.

The band were formed in London in 1965, the original members being Roger (known as Syd) BARRETT on vocals and lead guitar, Nick MASON on drums, Roger WATERS on bass guitar and vocals, and Rick WRIGHT on keyboards.

The London of the late 1960's was a melting pot of live acts and varying musical genres, and the band gained a cult following amongst the underground psychedelic crowd of the time. This expanded into a more public consciousness with a residency at the famous UFO Club, with a hypnotic light show and pulsating, often indescribable, sounds. This led to television appearances, most famously an interview and live performance on BBC The Look of the Week, with a rather bemused classical performer Hans Keller in tow. Waters was famously asked just why everything had to be so loud?!

This popularity led to the band signing to EMI, who in 1967 released two hit singles, See Emily Play, which attracted controversy regarding its cross-dressing themes, and Arnold Layne. They charted in the UK at 20 and 6 respectively.

The debut album which followed, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, is universally recognised as being hugely influential in rock music, beyond the narrow confines of psychedelia. It peaked at number 6 in the UK album charts in 1967, and the band continued to play not only their residency, but also increasing numbers of national gigs and festivals.

The strain, however, was beginning to tell on Barrett, and a fragile mental state, exacerbated by LSD, led to him becoming almost semi-detached from the band and wider reality. The situation became such that the band, at the end of 1967, drafted in David GILMOUR ...
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PINK FLOYD discography


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PINK FLOYD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.88 | 1894 ratings
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
1967
3.66 | 1651 ratings
A Saucerful Of Secrets
1968
3.15 | 1260 ratings
More (OST)
1969
3.49 | 1610 ratings
Ummagumma
1969
3.88 | 2096 ratings
Atom Heart Mother
1970
4.30 | 2976 ratings
Meddle
1971
3.38 | 1466 ratings
Obscured By Clouds
1972
4.60 | 4107 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
1973
4.62 | 3915 ratings
Wish You Were Here
1975
4.52 | 3509 ratings
Animals
1977
4.09 | 2810 ratings
The Wall
1979
3.18 | 1717 ratings
The Final Cut
1983
3.06 | 1614 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
1987
3.74 | 1908 ratings
The Division Bell
1994
3.35 | 729 ratings
The Endless River
2014

PINK FLOYD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.38 | 536 ratings
Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1988
3.94 | 731 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
2.85 | 160 ratings
Live 66-67
1999
4.11 | 475 ratings
Is There Anybody Out There?
2000

PINK FLOYD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.77 | 491 ratings
Live At Pompeii
1981
4.10 | 532 ratings
The Wall (The Movie)
1982
3.64 | 172 ratings
In Concert - Delicate Sound Of Thunder
1989
3.02 | 54 ratings
La Carrera Panamericana
1992
4.43 | 520 ratings
P-U-L-S-E
1995
3.10 | 91 ratings
London - Live 66-67
1999
4.58 | 625 ratings
Live At Pompeii (The Director's Cut)
2003
4.07 | 174 ratings
Classic Albums: The Dark Side Of The Moon
2003
2.92 | 53 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd
2003
3.30 | 65 ratings
The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story
2003
2.41 | 32 ratings
Inside Pink Floyd Volume 2 - A Critical Review 1975 - 1996
2005
2.27 | 17 ratings
The Ultimate Review
2005
2.00 | 20 ratings
The World's Greatest Albums - Atom Heart Mother
2005
2.48 | 20 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
2005
1.97 | 20 ratings
Reflections And Echoes
2006
2.73 | 21 ratings
Rock Milestones Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
2006
1.36 | 22 ratings
Rock Milestones: Ummagumma
2006
2.09 | 14 ratings
Music Box Biographical Collection
2006
2.30 | 18 ratings
The Dark Side - Interviews
2006
2.17 | 15 ratings
Total Rock Review
2006
2.46 | 18 ratings
Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review
2007
3.11 | 18 ratings
Retrospectives
2007
2.00 | 14 ratings
The Early Pink Floyd - A Review And Critique
2008
2.14 | 13 ratings
Comfortably Numb
2008
3.00 | 19 ratings
A Technicolor Dream
2008
3.57 | 27 ratings
Live Anthology
2008
1.85 | 18 ratings
The Great Gig In The Sky: The Album By Album Guide
2008
3.96 | 81 ratings
The Story of Wish You Were Here
2012

PINK FLOYD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.13 | 37 ratings
The Best Of The Pink Floyd
1970
3.57 | 355 ratings
Relics
1971
3.22 | 115 ratings
A Nice Pair
1973
2.70 | 62 ratings
Masters Of Rock Vol. 1
1974
2.20 | 201 ratings
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
1981
2.19 | 145 ratings
Works
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hits
1983
3.48 | 92 ratings
Shine On
1992
3.70 | 106 ratings
The Early Singles
1992
4.50 | 8 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon (Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
1993
3.09 | 69 ratings
1967: The First Three Singles
1997
3.44 | 251 ratings
Echoes - The Best Of Pink Floyd
2001
4.04 | 82 ratings
Oh By The Way...
2007
2.81 | 57 ratings
A Foot In The Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd
2011
4.42 | 74 ratings
Discovery
2011
4.71 | 133 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Experience Edition
2011
4.58 | 124 ratings
The Dark Side Of The Moon - Immersion Edition
2011
4.70 | 144 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Experience Edition
2011
4.43 | 111 ratings
Wish You Were Here - Immersion Edition
2011
4.27 | 83 ratings
The Wall - Experience Edition
2011
1.91 | 57 ratings
The Wall Singles
2011
3.79 | 96 ratings
The Wall - Immersion Edition
2012
4.20 | 44 ratings
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box)
2014
3.77 | 45 ratings
The Early Years 1967-1972 Creation
2016

PINK FLOYD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.82 | 79 ratings
Arnold Layne
1967
3.44 | 90 ratings
See Emily Play
1967
2.93 | 56 ratings
Apples And Oranges
1967
2.62 | 63 ratings
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London
1967
3.61 | 28 ratings
Flaming
1967
3.35 | 42 ratings
It Would Be So Nice
1968
3.70 | 42 ratings
Point Me at the Sky
1968
2.88 | 40 ratings
The Nile Song
1969
3.83 | 73 ratings
One Of These Days
1971
4.33 | 12 ratings
Free Four
1972
4.33 | 9 ratings
Free Four / Absolutely Curtains
1972
3.78 | 83 ratings
Money
1973
3.60 | 75 ratings
Time
1973
3.63 | 68 ratings
Have a Cigar
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pigs on the Wing / Sheep
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pigs (Three Different Ones)
1977
3.83 | 72 ratings
Comfortably Numb
1979
3.63 | 76 ratings
Another Brick In The Wall
1979
3.44 | 61 ratings
Run Like Hell
1980
3.26 | 54 ratings
When the Tigers Broke Free
1982
1.91 | 50 ratings
Not Now John/The Hero's Return (Part 2)
1983
2.52 | 62 ratings
Learning To Fly (promo single)
1987
3.07 | 52 ratings
On the Turning Away
1987
2.98 | 35 ratings
One Slip
1988
2.95 | 19 ratings
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Official Tour CD
1988
2.90 | 23 ratings
Shine On - Selections From The Box
1992
3.21 | 71 ratings
High Hopes/ Keep Talking (single)
1994
3.38 | 59 ratings
Take It Back
1994
3.63 | 8 ratings
Interview Disc
1995
4.13 | 46 ratings
Louder Than Words
2014
2.70 | 16 ratings
Pink Floyd 1965 - Their First Recordings
2015

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 P-U-L-S-E  by PINK FLOYD album cover Live, 1995
3.94 | 731 ratings

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P-U-L-S-E
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

4 stars This has remained as one of my all-time favorite live albums. It of course has to do with my love for Pink Floyd, so since the very first time I listen to it (and watched the DVD) felt trapped under its charm and power. This album does what a live release should do best, by involving the crowd and truly bringing across their enthusiasm for the event. "PULSE" is divided into 2 CD's. An obvious decision due to the amount of songs and the long length of some of them. The first CD has several songs from "The Division Bell", such as "Coming Back To Life", "High Hopes" and "What Do You Want From Me", and a couple of "Lapse of Reason" tracks that represented the Waters- less era. However, this first CD also features older songs, opening with a wonderful performance of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", which is followed by a surprisingly good "Astronomy Domine." Also featured here are "Hey You" and "Another Brick in the Wall" On the second CD they offer a complete performance of "Darkside of the Moon" which is probably their most recognized and successful album. For an encore the band offers three more representative songs, "Wish You Were Here", "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell", and once again, with excellent interpretations that with leave you with a huge smile. I recommend 'P.U.L.S.E' to anyone really, weather you're just getting into Floyd or if it's the only album missing from your collection. This is a great place to start, simply because it will help you understand just how great Floyd were live. Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
 Wish You Were Here by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.62 | 3915 ratings

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Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Trevere

5 stars During the writing and production of Wish You Were Here, the members of Pink Floyd were grasping with the their new found stardom and the pressure to deliver another hit album. A serious bout of collective writers block and frequent tour interruptions further added to this pressure over the course of 1974 and early 1975, but eventually the concept came into being and the fine album was completed. While this record was almost totally composed by bassist Roger Waters, and much of its focus is former band member Syd Barrett, this album is really a tour de force for guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour, who contributes some indelible textures, riffs and licks throughout the album. Following the worldwide success of 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon, the group negotiated a new contract which gave them a reported advance of $1,000,000. While touring Europe in 1974, the group composed three extended songs. Two of these, "Raving and Drooling" and "You Gotta Be Crazy" would be held over and reworked as the tracks "Sheep" and Dogs" respectively on the 1977 album Animals. The third piece, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" would become the bookend centerpiece around which this loose concept album would be built.

Wish You Were Here was produced by Pink Floyd as a band with the assistance of engineer Brian Humphries, who had previously worked with the group on the 1969 soundtrack album More. Like its predecessor, the album was recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios. Being that Humphries never worked there before, he encountered some early difficulties. But the technical difficulties were nothing compared to the incredible coincidence of Barrett showing up during the mixing of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" which was obviously written about him. Barrett had arrived to attend Gilmour's wedding on June 5, 1975, while all four band members were in the mixing room. Not a single one of them recognized him at first as he had shaved his head and eyebrows. Once they all realized that it was him, it was obvious that he was unable to partake in a normal conversation and had no idea that he was the subject of the song they were mixing that day. This put a damper on the wedding and unfortunately no member of Pink Floyd saw Syd Barrett again until they attended his 2006 funeral.

The first section of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" sounds totally new age during the beginning section, which was originally developed as "Household Objects", an experimental piece using ARP synth, Hammond organ and wine glass harmonica. After this long intro, the second instrumental section is much more musically rewarding, built on an indelible four note riff by Gilmour, above which he adds a bluesy lead and below which there is crisp and steady playing by the rest of the group. This second section acts as a kind of overture for the album, with Wright performing a calm synth solo that previews a later piece and Gilmour returning with a more blistering lead. After 8:45, the song proper finally begins with Waters on lead vocals delivering poetic lyrics which describe his take on Barrett's plight. Gilmour adds a superior, double-tracked lead in between the two verses and the final two minutes of the track is dedicated to an extended sax solo by Dick Parry above a new riff before song dissolves into a link to the next track.

"Welcome to the Machine" is a textual track with an abundance of synth and sound effects and the most substantial in studio production. However, this is probably the least musically creative as it is just a strummed acoustic which guides along the dark and mechanical sound effects with little to no traditional rhythms. The song does build a bit in the middle but then unfortunately reverts back to same arrangement for the last verse, missing an opportunity to bring it to a stronger sonic level. The album's second side starts with Gilmour's wild, treated guitar riffs which are expertly accompanied by Waters' bass and Wright's electric piano for a rich rhythmic experience. Wright then adds the signature synth riff, leading to the verses which feature guest Roy Harper on lead vocals, who was brought in when both Waters and Gilmour were unsatisfied with their respective attempts at singing the song. In any case, Harper's style fits nicely with the Pink Floyd sound, seeming to split the difference between Waters and Gilmour in style, while adding his own flourish to the end of each chorus. The final two minutes of the song are dedicated to a Gilmour guitar lead over increasingly funky rhythms by the rest of the band, especially Mason who gets more and more intense as the outro proceeds.

Starting with a unique sonic intro, "Wish You Were Here" is the true highlight of the album, as stripped-down acoustic track featuring Gilmour's gruff and folksy vocals. The song's full arrangement contains tremendous plethora of musical tid-bits ranging from a county-type piano, to a bluesy, slide acoustic lead, to the modern sounding synth pads. This unidirectional track's hook comes during the single final verse. which leads to the song's climatic outro featuring Gilmour vocally mocking his own lead acoustic while the song fades into a distant wind effect. This leads to the second suite of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", which starts with a cool bass and guitar thump very reminiscent to "One of These Days" from 1971's Meddle, right down to the distorted lap steel guitar played by Gilmour. After an abrupt return to the main theme for two verses, the suite just as abruptly turns to a funky clavinet-driven section led by Wright, which is entertaining in spite of the fact that it breaks the musical cohesion. The final parts of the song seem to be extraneous as they really seem to lack focus and direction, just pure filler to fill out the album before a long, anticlimactic fade, a really unfortunate way to end this fine album.

Wish You Were Here became an instant commercial success, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, with EMI reportedly unable to print enough copies to satisfy initial demand. Both Gilmour and Wright have cited this album as their favorite by the band and, while it had initially received lukewarm critical reviews, the album has grown to near universal acclaim over the past four decades. Wright and David Gilmour have each cited Wish You Were Here as their favorite Pink Floyd album.

 Meddle by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.30 | 2976 ratings

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Meddle
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kempokid
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3 stars Often I'll find that it takes many listens before my definitive thoughts on an album are formed, with Pink Floyd's Meddle, this has proven to be false, as my opinion on this album is almost identical to my initial couple of listens. While I find this album relaxing and calm, with a very dreamlike atmosphere throughout, I find the majority of the songs here to be relatively mediocre or straight up bad. That isn't to say that this album is completely without merit, as both One Of These Days and the 23 minute epic Echoes are some of the highest points the band ever approached, the former definitely being one of my favourite songs by the band.

One of These Days is one of my favourite rock instrumentals of all time, with a great bassline creating interweaving rhythm, producing a downright infectious groove. The song then further improves once the guitar is introduced, giving it a more dynamic edge as instruments continuously fade in and out, all culminating in utter perfection after Nick Mason says "One of these days I'm going to chop you into little pieces", before the fully realised rhythm kicks in. After this amazing opener. The next two songs are both quite pleasant in nature, each with a great, dreamy atmosphere, heightened by some nice, subtle instrumentation, but ultimately never go beyond feeling pleasant, being slightly above average in places, but never quite impressing me. It's the next 2 songs that I have a lot of issue with, with San Tropez being somewhat nice, but incredibly repetitive and mundane. Seamus is where things reach their lowest point though, with an uninspired blues sound to it while a howling dog is constantly irritating the listener, and while I understand that it was made to be a bit of fun, I see nothing about it that's even mildly entertaining. Fortunately, after this is the masterpiece that is Echoes, a 23 minute psychedelic masterpiece that I find to be completely indescribable in any way other than using the word 'beautiful'. Honestly, this song alone gives this album some merit, and I highly recommend that it is an essential song to listen to.

This album definitely feels transitional in many ways, bridging the gap between the trippy, playful earlier albums, and the dark, brooding rock masterpieces to come, and at points, is executed masterfully. I genuinely find it to be a shame of unmeasurable proportions that other than One of These Days and Echoes, the album is mediocre at best, as this could have been an easy 4 or 5 if not for the fact that the entire middle section is comprised of waiting for Echoes for me. I'd definitely recommend checking this album out for its high points, but honestly cannot consider rating this above a 3.

Best songs: One of These Days, Echoes

Weakest songs: San Tropez, Seamus

Verdict: A really pretty album for its majority, but the entirety of the middle section never really reaches any great heights. Despite that, the first and last tracks are both songs that I highly recommend.

 Louder Than Words by PINK FLOYD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
4.13 | 46 ratings

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Louder Than Words
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

5 stars 4.5: The only single for the last album of Pink Floyd (Endless River). It is a very good song, the lyrics are based in the Live 8 reunion, where the band after several years of being apart, share the scenario for a benefit concert. it was written by Polly Samon, wife of Gilmour, when she saw that they didn't even talk or say a thing to make the room comfortably before the concert. They began the concert and everything change, there was a connection between them. Personally, I liked a lot, it is a very soft and slow prog sound, but really well accompanied by the mini guitar solos and a good arregement, including keyboards by Wright. I considered it a essential song not only because it is a good composition and has really good music, but because it sumarize in words the history of one of the best and most influencial prog bands of all time.
 Animals by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.52 | 3509 ratings

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Animals
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

5 stars The tenth studio album by Pink Floyd, it was plagued with a lot of problems in its conception, basically by the dispute with Waters ideas. Also, Gilmour only cowrite one of the songs (Dogs), and is the first album where Wright didn't contribute with lyrics. Two of the song were taken by unreleased song of Wish you were here ( "Raving and Drooling" and "You've Got to Be Crazy") and adapted to the new album concept. It is based in the book of Orwell, Animal Farm, with some modification in the history and focusing on capitalism. Musically a masterpiece, the band still corroborating, every one of them putting his best in the album. Waters with its ingenuous lyrics and rhythms, Gilmour putting his amazing solos and riffs, Wright setting the ambient with his keyboard passages and outstanding solos, Mason directing by the drum and his perfect changes of time. There is nothing more to say every second of this record is perfect, is difficult to say if it is the best or Wish you were here, but musically is more elaborated. Other masterpiece by Pink Floyd, they was still working together, although the problems had begun, they still put their best effort. As all know, although the main composer of the lyrics is Waters, every members collaborate a lot to the final product, Waters always have really good ideas, however without Pink Floyd, musically they will never be successful as this one, as we can see in each of his albums. Ironically, he became most of the things he criticized. A must have album for any prog listener.
 A Momentary Lapse Of Reason by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.06 | 1614 ratings

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A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

3 stars 3.5: The thirteenth album by pink floyd, beginning a new era without Roger Waters, and with the appearance of Richard Wright. After the abomination of the Final Cut, Waters left and a legal dispute began. At the end, Waters resigned and get rights for use his work in the Wall and some other things. Gilmour began to make a solo record, that at the end, reuniting some group of musician and the remaining members of Pink Floyd, became in a new PF album. Musically is good it has melodic solos by Gilmour and Keyboard passages that keep you entertained, however far for the pink floyd style, the Wright contribution are few. Is a collection of songs, instead as of the concept they were doing in previous albums. The music has prog elements, however it is mixed with pop sequences, it has good moments and good songs, the Gilmour feeling is all over the place, including his wonderful voice, however the lyrics are not so deep as we are used to. I like this album, yes, it is almost a Gilmour solo work with good musicians behind, and in certain ocasions it get close to some of the characteristic pop and disco of the eighties, but in general is a good record, I considered it a good effort and aceptable work to be listened by any prog person.
 The Final Cut by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.18 | 1717 ratings

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The Final Cut
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

2 stars 2.5: The last album by Pink Floyd including Roger Waters, in fact every song was composed by himself, and make the remaining members of the band to do it, also the only one without Richard Wright. Some of the song are leftover parts of the Wall album and other new compositions. After the announcement of Margaret Thatcher of the Malvinas War, Waters felt betrayed because every English man was expecting to after the winning the Second war, where his father died, there would not be any other war. Musically, it has a few moments, it reminds me a little to The Wall album, although essentially is Waters solo album with supporting music by the other members. It is very inconsistent, in fact I am feeling it more like pop, and not prog at all. Lyrically also is not good, it is not deep at all, no different meanings or metaphors, only straight personal feelings antiwar by Waters. For me, the less consistent album by pink floyd, and although it has like two songs musically great(not now john, your possible pasts), all the others are more pop and boring songs about the toughs of Waters about the war, I didn't identify any good effort by Gilmour, just only supporting the songs. In my opinion the worst album by Pink Floyd, I recommended only for PF Fans, for historical reasons.
 More (OST) by PINK FLOYD album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.15 | 1260 ratings

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More (OST)
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mariorockprog

3 stars 3 The first album by pink floyd for a soundtrack, the first one without any involvement of Syd Barret and the first where David Gilmour was the lead vocalist. I considered it a average album, however far of the standard of a Pink Floyd records. It contains mostly acoustic songs and a few avant-garde passages. In general, two or three song stands out (Nile Song, Green is the Colour and other instrumental parts), Lyrically it has its moments, but nothing special. I recommend it only for Pink Floyd Fans, to prog listener I don't think is going to fulfill their expectations, but it has its moments.
 P-U-L-S-E  by PINK FLOYD album cover Live, 1995
3.94 | 731 ratings

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P-U-L-S-E
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by jamesbaldwin
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Ever since Gilmour took the leadership of Pink Floyd, the band has released a studio album (with Gilmour the sole author, and Wright only appearing as a session man), "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and, after that, Pink Floyd did a world tour that has been immortalized by the double live "Delicate Sound of Thunder" (that I call Thunder, here). Subsequently, PF reunited after several years, with Wright again an integral part of the group, and they composed together " The Division Bell", an album that found harmony among the three survivors, and then embarked on another world tour also immortalized from a double live, "P-u-l-s-e".

For lovers of progressive I think it is a must to listen to at least one of the two live of Pink Floyd, given the uniqueness of their live performances (although in the absence of Waters). Which one to choose between Sound of Thunder and Pulse? Both are played and recorded beautifully; in Pulse the three musicians begin to have a certain age, and the weighting and slowness of the rhythms is felt, in certain passages. But Pulse contains a few tracks from the two previous albums, preferring to put in the lineup classic pieces of Pink Floyd, including a discreet number (five) of songs written by only Waters, absolute ruler from 1976 to 1983. In this way, the live concert showed in Pulse is an excellent documentary of the group's career and especially of the disk "Dark Side of the Moon" which is reproduced entirely. In fact, Pulse is a commemoration ceremony for that masterpiece... and for the group. Pulse certainly is more complete than Delicate Sound of Thunder. However I prefer Thunder. Why?

Because "Delicate Sound of Thunder" is more honest than "Pulse". In Thunder Gilmour sings half his songs, written especially for Momentary Lapse of Reason, and in the other half he sings PF classics in which he is coauthor (except in two songs, written only by Waters), and often the main voice. Here, however, in Pulse, Gilmour took possession of "Dark Side of the Moon", a project that belonged to the whole group, and in some cases as in three songs ("Hey You", "Eclipse" and "Brain Damage"), he replaced the voice of Waters.

Considering therefore that only one between Thunder and PULSE can be considered mandatory for every prog fan, my choice falls on Thunder. But Pulse has some moments, absent in Thunder, that could make the joy of every listener of Prog like the power of "Hey You" and "Brain Damage" (both signed by Waters) and the sweetness of "The Great Gig in the Sky" (by Wright). So, great music.

Vote album: 8,5/9. Rating: Four (and a half) stars.

 Delicate Sound Of Thunder by PINK FLOYD album cover Live, 1988
3.38 | 536 ratings

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Delicate Sound Of Thunder
Pink Floyd Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by jamesbaldwin
Prog Reviewer

5 stars After "The Final Cut", which was in fact the record of a songwriter (Waters), not a group, Pink Floyd melts and Waters does a legal battle, which loses, to prevent Gilmour, Wright and Mason from keeping the name Pink Floyd. And so, under the leadership of Gilmour, the group's discography continues with the return of Wright and the more than good album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" (1987), dominated by Gimour: composer and singer of all tracks (with the help of the lyricists Ezrin and Carin and McGough, and sometimes other co-authors of the music).

The album is a great success and PF in 1988 make a world tour immortalized by the double live "Delicate Sound of Thunder". In this record we see Pink Floyd machine at work in its full efficiency, with Gilmour, Mason and Wright returned in great shape and helped by some session man (Gary Wallis on percussion, Guy Pratt on the bass, John Carin on keyboards and vocals, Tim Renwick on guitars and vocals). The show, with psychedelic lights, holophonic sound and stage interventions worthy of a theater, is impressive and sees Gilmour as the absolute protagonist: his voice getting older has become even more fascinating, his guitar solos are overwhelming. Ultimately, Gilmour has become a true singer-songwriter, what in PF he has never been, having composed only a few tracks throughout the group's discography. The first record, after the initial "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", executed with precision , includes all songs taken from Momentary Lapse of Reason and the result is excellent: the new songs do not disfigure. They are perhaps more atmospheric than those of Waters but keep the grit and the menacing sound of the last Pink Floyd's albums.

The best rock song is undoubtedly the martial "Dogs of War", worthy of "The Wall", while the melodic pearl is "On the Turning Away", that close the first disc. It is a masterpiece, embellished by the voice and the guitar solo by Gilmour. The lighter song is the single "Learning to Fly"; "Yet Another Movie" keeps the sound slow and heavily punctuated by PF, with guitars feedback effects . "Sorrow" is a guitaristic ballad (perhaps the least beautiful), The sound of the album is mammoth, you can feel that the group has aged and is weighed down with the various session men and singers but what it loses in agility, it gains in grandeur. it is a sound that puts awe, like that of a thunder.

The second disc sees Pink Floyd playing some of their old classics: "One of These Days" (from Meddle), "Time", "Money", "Us and Them" (from Dark Side of the Moon), "Wish You Were Here" (from the homonymous album), "Another Brick in The Wall Part II", "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell" (from The Wall). Gilmour tries to select songs where he participated as an author, but in two cases, Money and Another Brick in The Wall, he sings two pieces signed by Waters. Some tracks, like "Another Brick in the Wall Part II"and "Run Like Hell", are not very consistent, extrapolated from their context, instead others are very effective and are emotionally warmer, performed live, such as "One of These Days", "Wish You Were Here" and above all the absolute masterpiece "Comfortably Numb" that with extraordinary solo of Gilmour in closing will perhaps become the strong track of PF in concert. Years later, Waters and Gilmour will meet in concert and perform together this wonderful piece, emblem of their collaboration.

This abum had the function to introduce to Pink Floyd teenagers of the eighties like me, and it remains, even in the absence of Waters, a cult Lp, since the group had never previously released an album live. It is a great album, which documents live one of the groups who has made the history of rock even for its incomparable and unique stage performances.

Vote: 9. Rating: Five Stars.

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