PINK FLOYD IN CONCERT. The Delicate Sound of Thunder
DIRECTOR:    Wayne Isham
PHOTOGRAPHY:    Marc Reshovsky
CONCEPTUAL FOOTAGE: Storm Thorgerson (Hipnosis)
ENGLAND 1987   
SUPER FEATURES: Of course, the MUSIC. Because you don't know Floyd until you have seen them in person.

The music features: Shine On you Crazy Diamond (both opening and closing the show); Learning to Fly; Sorrow; The Dogs of War; On The Turning Away; Time; On the Run; The Greatest Gig in the Sky; Comfortably Numb; Run Like Hell; and a few other songs.

If you have never seen a major band in concert, and don't mind just closing your eyes, and enjoying the music, films like this will show you why you should see a Pink Floyd, instead of Guns'n'Roses. At least you get music, and no screaming from the gutters of L.A.

Dating back to 1971, there were two bands who first went on the tour with a major innovation. QUADRAPHONIC SOUND. They were, Pink Floyd and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. It wasn't loud. It was simple clean music that went all around the stadium, and made you look around, to see where it came from. Later, when Pink Floyd developed into a band with a variety of  effects, it was really great to feel that your kitchen was on your right, the telly was on your left, and your kid was behind you crying. It was fun, in those days, it was all so real. Today, most bands are still trying to put on an album, what the masters did in concert some twenty years ago. And while Roger Waters has gone on to do the real great gigs in the sky (the original before the album 'Dark Side of the Moon' came out had  a whole bunch of priests postulating all over, before it was replaced by the voice of Clare Torry; and of course Roger's Amused to Death is about real great gigs in the sky) Pink Floyd is now a vehicle for the soloing abilities of David Gilmour. I wish that there were a few more solos by Richard Wright  (WET DREAMS has a saxophone solo where a guitar would be, and is a hell of a dreamy album) and Nick Mason (two solos, one weird and funny with all the friends in the family, and the second with Nikky Fenn, who backed up Gilmour in many Floyd tours) , but all in all, the music is still good, and nice to flow with.

Opening with the call of 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' it moves easily into the newer material from 'Momentary Lapse of Reason' and eventually goes on to some of the big hits from 'Dark Side of the Moon' and 'The Wall'. And in between Gilmour has many chances to 'zone' with his guitar which is his favorite thing to do.

The music is very good, and well recorded, as is the film itself. It highlights the incredible light show which Pink Floyd has always been associated with and the amazing timing and accuracy of their highly computerized, and organized shows. (Very difficult to play and stay with, at one time, in a series of concerts in L.A. 1974, Roger Waters was really upset that the audience was so stoned, because it was interfering with the show, and the musicians. And the cops were outside busting people by the hundreds, by the way.)

This film is worth seeing.

However, if you have not experienced the real thing, you don't know what you are missing. There are only but a handful of bands that put on a real show, with real music, and valuable stuff that will leave you clamoring for more. The only thing I hate, is that they didn't put on this film the bootleg version of 'Money' which is twenty minutes long, and puts the song on the record to shame, and in the trash can. Floyd is always better in concert than they are on album. It always was, and it still is. And I think it will always be. And then there are bands where the show is the thing, and more than half of it is meaningless and just visuals to entertain you as if they meant something, which often they do not! In that, Pink Floyd differed drastically, to the point of the music suffering and changing from their early days when they were more known as a "trip band", known for their forays into sound effects and playing around with them. The culmination of that was seen in the album "Ummagumma" and then really took hold in detail in "Dark Side of the Moon", which was one of their very first computerized shows that made their experimenting and having fun go away almost in its entirety.






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