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Pulse

2 Ratings: 3.5
An album by Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar); Richard Wright (vocals, keyboards); Nick Mason (drums). Additional personnel: Tim Renwick (vocals, guitar); Dick Parry (saxophone); Jon Carin (vocals, keyboards); Guy Pratt (vocals, bass); Gary Wallis (percussion); … see full wiki

1 review about Pulse

You Had Better Have A Pulse or Your Dead!!!

  • Jun 4, 2000
Rating:
+3
Pros: The entire Dark Side of the Moon album

Cons: Yes....they do miss Roger Waters

If you are a Pink Floyd purist, you probably ignore this live collection because there is no Roger Waters on it. Yes he is one of the co-founders and major songwriter for this group but his departure from the band in no way diminishes the achievements of the other members. This album proves that Floyd can rock with or without him.

Pulse is a two CD set of live recordings from the 1994 European tour. As with all Pink Floyd shows the power of the presentation lies deeply in the music but also in the stage show itself. This album tries to recreate the atmosphere of a Floyd concert and almost pulls it off!

The first CD is collection from all periods in the Floyd history. Starting off with a searing version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." Gilmore does some of his best guitar work on this song. A gem by anyone's standards. From the moody beginning of Diamond, Floyd launches you into a blistering version of one of their earliest masterpieces, "Astronomy Domine". This song from their late 60's work brings back the memory of quadrophonic sound and acid rock. A completly different Pink Floyd than the one that younger people might be familiar with.

The next song "What Do You Want From Me" is one of their newer classics. A song about the growing feeling in the band that they give it all they could but everyone around them is expecting more. It has to be hard to try and keep topping their previous efforts. Gilmore plays this one to perfection and his vocals almost sound pleading as he sings.

"Learning To Fly" is their most recognizable song from their later work. A hit song that sounds even better here than in the original recording. A great guitar solo in the middle and fine work throughout. A little snip of The Wall finds it's way into the solo if you listen closely.

The next song "Keep Talking" is a Gilmore highlight. I have always loved the giddy up guitar work on this song. The female backing vocals all add to this already powerful song. A brooding journey into the mind of one of rock musics classic songwriters.

"Coming Back To Life" is a fine song to put after the darkness of the last song. This is one of the most upbeat of all of Floyd's music. It starts out with a guitar that is both somber and haunting in it's approach. This leads into Gilmore's vocals. "And where were you/when I was hurt and I was helpless". Sung with a pleading quality. This melancholy beginning suddenly explodes into a peek of a future of hope. Again, Gilmore plays a guitar solo that is phenominal to end this song.

This leads into the bleak "Hey You". One of the great songs off of The Wall. A song of a tortured soul, played to the hilt by Gilmore. A great segue into the song "A Great Day For Freedom". This is the continuation of the story started in The Wall. A powerful interpretation of this song is presented here.

The next song "Sorrow" is more reminiscent of a Dave Gilmore solo project than a Pink Floyd song. Heavy handed guitar that borders on the grunge sound of bands like Pearl Jam. The vocals almost have a calming effect against the harsh guitars. This ten minute epic tune again seems to come alive on stage. The band is exceptional and the sound quality is superb throughout. This is the highlight of the first CD. Almost half of the song is an instrumental with Gilmore's guitar thrashing throughout.

"High Hopes" Complete with sound effects that really make this song flow, this song is almost a funeral dirge. A spooky song with the "Division Bell" ringing throughout. A very majestic song that builds to a dramatic climax where the backing vocals make and creepy base line come together to produce a song that can make your skin crawl. Just the effect that they are trying to produce.

The last song on the first CD is "Another Brick in the Wall". It is called part two on the jacket but in contains bits from part 1 and 3 as well. One of the hits off of "The Wall", played here as a topper for the first part of the concert. A great version, taking all three songs and blending them into one. Still one of the most dramatic songs to ever hit the airwaves!

The second CD has the "Dark Side of the Moon" played in it's entirety. As one of the most well known pieces of rock music, this is a showcase of the talents of Pink Floyd. From the opening of "Speak to Me", to the almost hymnful finale of "Eclipse", you are taken on the journey through the dark recesses of Roger Waters brain. The trip is at times pleasant and at other times almost scary. They say that the difference between genius and crazy is that the genius isn't crazy. This is a fine example of what that means.

Listening to this many years removed from the first time I heard these songs, it still gives me goosebumps to hear the heartbeat the pulses throughout the album.

When the opening scream comes in the song "Breathe" the listener is suddenly taken away to a place that can only be described as somewhere that is nice to visit but who would want to live there! The songs are all constructed as one piece of continuous music without a let up anywhere. The music seems to flow as chapters in a book with each chapter connected by an instrumental piece that musically describes the chapter just heard.

When the alarm clocks sound for the wake up call in "Time" it is to let you know that the journey is far from over. I would have to say that this song did disappoint me as it is not as powerful here as in previous releases. The guitar does not have that thrashing sound that the original had. When the vocals start it still conjures up to me the images of a person aging right before my eyes. "And then one day you find/ten years has got behind you/No one told you when to run/You missed the starting gun". In other words, don't let time pass you by.

This album is so powerful it almost defies description. Songs like "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Any Colour You Like", were so unlike anything prior to it or since. Great music sometimes can not be described in words, only by the music itself.

For someone who is a Pink Floyd fan you will love this version of Dark Side of the Moon, for someone new to Floyd, you are in for a treat with this rendition of an all time classic!

And to think that this isn't all!!! Still more Pink Floyd to come! A strong version of "Wish You Were Here" follows. A great acoustic start that still makes me wonder why Gilmore is so underrated as a guitarist. This song becomes a sing-a-long with the audience. Very moving to hear the thousands of people singing it word for word. Makes you want to be in the throngs that were there. Is he singing to all of us that could not be there?

The album ends with the two Gilmore contributions to "The Wall". "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell". "Comfortably Numb" is considered by many to be the masterpiece of Pink Floyd. This is hard for me to say since how can you pick one gem out of a bag of diamonds! Numb is played here for full effect. A great song that escalates to a epic tune with the grandiose flourish that is a Pink Floyd trademark.

The last song "Run Like Hell" is well placed as the finale. A spirited rocker that is going to send the audience home wanting more and more. Gilmore does a magnificent rendition of his guitar work on this song. With the crowd providing the rhythmic clapping in the background, this song provides the ending for a great concert. The vocals are even more emphatic than in the original version.

All in all, a great live recording of one of the great bands. They do miss Waters though. If you want to find out what Pink Floyd is all about, this album will tell you. If you already know, this album will enhance you collection.








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Label: Columbia (USA)
Artist: Pink Floyd
Release Date: June 06, 1995

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