Delicate Sound Of Thunder (Vinyl LP Reissue)

Pink Floyd

Legacy, 2017

http://www.pinkfloyd.com

REVIEW BY: David Bowling

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 12/14/2017

The Pink Floyd vinyl releases just keep on a-coming. The latest in the Floyd sweepstakes is their 1988 live album, The Delicate Sound Of Thunder. The album was put together from five 1988 performances at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island and released during November of that year. Thirty years later, it remains the definitive Pink Floyd live album.

 

While the original CD release had audio issues, this new vinyl has an impeccable sound. Remastered from the original tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the tracks here are brighter and reveal a depth of textures.nbtc__dv_250

 

While I prefer a complete concert, the tracks selected on this disc make sense and fit together well. They are representative of the classic phase of Pink Floyd’s career and provide a nice taste of their concert experience.

 

David Gilmour is the star here. Sometimes his guitar playing is so subtle and laidback, it just slides under the radar. Live, it comes to the forefront and shines. “On The Turning Away” is one of the better examples of his playing.

 

Pink Floyd albums tend to be conceptual and their songs form part of a whole, but live and removed from that context, they are forced to stand on their own. While the album is comprised of many of their well-known songs: “Money,” “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2.” “Comfortably Numb,” Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5),” and “Run Like Hell” undergo a makeover removed from the studio.

 

Vinyl releases have made a comeback during the last several years, and while they will never dominate the market, their quality has enabled them to find a niche among listeners. Delicate Sound Of Thunder is a worthwhile release for the Pink Floyd fan and the vinyl aficionado.

Rating: A-

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