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P-U-L-S-E

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.94 | 731 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars The light went out years ago (but only on the box)

While we patiently waited and waited for the DVD version of "Pulse" to be released, we could at least enjoy the music on CD in the meantime. "Pulse" is a double live album record by the band on their tour subsequent to the release of their final (and to date at last) studio album "The Division Bell". This of course means that Roger Waters plays no part in the performance, although many of the songs he created with his fellow band members do.

The first part of the album contains a good cross section of new and old, with tracks such as "What do you want from me", "Keep talking", and "high hopes" from "The Division Bell" sitting well alongside older classics such as "Astronomy Domine" and a composite version of "Shine on you crazy diamond".

The centrepiece of the performance though, is a rendition of "Dark side of the moon" in its entirety. Even though "Money" is the only track which is substantially different, as it has an elongated centre section, the album is given a wonderful new dimension here. The performance is exemplary, every song sounding fresh and reinvigorated. Things are brought to a conclusion with a triple encore, including a superb rendition of "Comfortably numb".

With the entire concert (minus two of the tracks on this collection, "Hey you" and "A great day for freedom") now being available in full 5.1 surround sound on DVD, this double CD is something of a poor relation. The DVD is definitely the one to go for, for the full audio and visual experience. Nevertheless, seen in its own right, this is a mighty live album.

The original packaging included a flashing red LED which looked great in the record shops when the boxes were lined up side by side.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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