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Delicate Sound of Thunder

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Classic Rock album by Pink Floyd

In the late 1980s, Pink Floyd came roaring back with a decent studio album and an awesome stadium tour.Delicate Soundis a postcard from that tour that has the impossible task of capturing the spectacle of flying pigs and crashing beds. Also without the … see full wiki

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Oh, you are awful ... but I *like* you.

  • Jul 18, 2002
There is nothing even faintly cool about mid-eighties era Pink Floyd:

Songwriting guru and artistic director Roger Waters is now a thing of the past. Worse, with the old fellow's grumpy back turned, the rest of the boys have embraced unashamedly the dehumanising stadium rock which so aggravated him, and helped formed the core of Floyd's artistic oeuvre, in the first place.

The album they're touring is, frankly, terrible. The vogue production values of the day - adopted by the production crew with the enthusiasm of freshly brainwashed moonies - are to saturate everything that moves, however lumberingly (and boy, can the Floyd lumber!) with massive, stadium-emulating digital reverberation (the sort you wouldn't think you'd need when you actually PLAY in massive stadia).

Nevertheless, like the curate's egg, this effort is - in parts -curiously agreeable.

While it lumbers, it does so with a Mesozoic sort of majesty: the Floyd weren't T Rex, sure, but they were a pretty regal sounding Diplodocus. And it's beautifully performed throughout (though it omits a great performance by the backing vocal troupe of The Great Gig In The Sky, which features on the video version), and Gilmour's old mate, ace rhythm guitarist Tim Renwick is given a lot of leeway to take off (especially on - ha - Learning to Fly).

Ultimately (no surprise really) it is the guitar playing that makes this a good listen. Renwick is a really tasteful, nippy sort of guitar player - the sort from whom you'd think a Certified Guitar Legend such as Gilmour, D. might be at pains to steer clear - no-one likes a smart-arse, after all.

So all the more credit to Gilmour for raising the bar and having Renwick on board, and letting him play. And if you listen to the album - especially the selections from A Momentary Lapse of Reason, but also the selections from the Wall and even Meddle - it is totally clear - much more so than from listening to A Momentary Lapse itself - how good, and tasteful, a guitar player David Gilmour really is.

Especially when you compare him to the pretenders. I recently say Andy Fairweather-Low and Snowy White trying to fill Gilmour's shoes in Roger Waters' 2002 tour (Masochists: listen to Snowy and Andy in the comfort of your own home by purchasing Waters' "Wall - Live in Berlin" CD) - a truly awful experience (the concert was otherwise great, by the way). It is remarkable how the best session men money can buy just can't get anywhere near Gilmour.

So sit back, crack a tube, and listen to David Gilmour nailing that beautiful first guitar solo from Comfortably Numb on this record. It feels so good it MUST be bad for you.

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Delicate Sound of Thunder
Label: Sony
Artist: Pink Floyd
Release Date: October 25, 1990

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