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Why Pink Floyd?

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , on October 2, 2011 by 30daysout

Unauthorized photo from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame showing part of the Pink Floyd "The Wall" exhibit

Don’t know about you, but I spent most of this past weekend listening to Pink Floyd. I admit it, I bought into the hype of the new “Why Pink Floyd?” campaign that started last week with a massive re-release program encompassing remastered CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, SACD, an array of digital formats, viral marketing, iPhone Apps and a brand-new single-album ‘Best Of’ collection. Kind of like the Beatles remastering onslaught from a couple of years ago.

Guess the boys stopped bickering long enough to agree on stuff like a remastered Dark Side of the Moon in two different versions: a two-CD “Experience” set, and a six-disc “Immersion” edition.  You can read about all of the different versions here.

It would be great if we could look forward to a tour with the surviving Pink Floyd members (founder Syd Barrett died in 2006, keyboardist Richard Wright passed in 2008) but Roger Waters and David Gilmour have made it very clear they can’t stand each other. Roger Waters is currently touring with his version of The Wall and he promises to come back for more U.S. dates in 2012; David Gilmour tours fitfully and when he does he leans heavily on Pink Floyd material – so who knows? there may be some kind of grand finale to all this.

In case you want to buy something you haven’t bought two or three times before (I happen to own Dark Side of the Moon in formats including regular LP, Half Speed Mastered LP, 8-track tape, cassette tape, CD, remastered anniversary CD and most likely one of the new remastered versions) – Best Buy in the States has an exclusive six-track “sampler” that includes a couple tracks that won’t appear for a while.

In addition to remastered versions of the familiar “Money,” “Wish You Were Here” and “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2″ the sampler features an alternate version of “Have A Cigar” with Gilmour/Waters singing (instead of Roy Harper) and a full-band demo of “Another Brick In The Wall.” Best Buy offers the sampler online, but  international buyers will need a U.S. address to get it delivered to, as Best Buy won’t ship abroad.

So enjoy Pink Floyd this week … I will offer you something not available in the campaign, the four selections played by a reunited Pink Floyd at Live 8 in 2005.

MP3: “Speak To Me/Breathe/Breathe (Reprise)”

MP3: “Money”

MP3: “Wish You Were Here”

MP3: “Comfortably Numb”

Pink Floyd official website

 

Review: “Live In Gdansk,” David Gilmour

Posted in Review with tags , , on September 27, 2008 by 30daysout

Recorded during the 2006 tour for David Gilmour’s On An Island, the new Live in Gdansk relives some of the best moments of Gilmour’s solo work and dips deeply into the Pink Floyd catalog with a few surprises tossed in.  This two-disc set was recorded at Poland’s Gdansk Shipyards, the spiritual holy ground for that country’s freedom movement, with a full philharmonic orchestra.   Not that you’d notice – the versions here closely approximate what you’d hear on the studio cuts, but they are impeccably played here.  This is not a bad set at all … disc 2 is completely Pink Floyd, and Gilmour dusts off the psychedelic “Astronomy Domine” and “Fat Old Sun” as great surprises in the set list and tops those with a 25-minute version of the classic “Echoes.”  Awesome.  A couple more, “High Hopes” and “A Great Day For Freedom,” are from the latter-day Floyd (without Roger Waters) but they fit well in this company.  And this album is worth having because it is most likely the last recorded appearance of Richard Wright, original Pink Floyd keyboardist, who is part of the band for this memorable concert. 

MP3: “A Great Day For Freedom” (live)

David Gilmour official website

Rick Wright of Pink Floyd, R.I.P.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 16, 2008 by 30daysout

Rick Wright, a founding member of Pink Floyd, has died of cancer at age 65.  His keyboards helped define the band’s sound, and he wrote some of the Floyd’s enduring classics, such as “Great Gig In The Sky,” “Us And Them” (both from Dark Side of the Moon), and the instrumental “Echoes.”   He put out a few solo albums, including Wet Dream in 1978. 

David Gilmour pays tribute to Rick Wright

MP3: “The Great Gig In The Sky” by Pink Floyd 

MP3: “Us And Them” by Pink Floyd

MP3: “Echoes” by Pink Floyd

MP3: “Mediterranean C” by Richard Wright (from Wet Dream)

MP3: “Against The Odds” by Richard Wright (from Wet Dream)

MP3: “Holiday” by Richard Wright (from Wet Dream)

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