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Wish I Was There!!!,
This review is from: P.U.L.S.E (Audio CD)
Even after the very first time of listening to this album, it was already my joint favourite live album of all time (tied with Led Zeppelin's How the West Was Won). Pink Floyd has been one of my favourite bands for a while now, but unfortunately, as I am only 14, I never had the chance to go and see them live. I'd always heard they were fantastic live, and that as a good a studio band they were, to get the proper Floyd experience, they had to be heard live. So after their amazing and triumphant reunion at live8 (highlight of the show!), I placed p.u.l.s.e at the top of my birthday list, hoping I'd get it. Sure enough I was in luck, and ever since then I've pretty much been playing it everyday.
When I first heard about this album, I was a little unsure of whether to get it or not. This concert was after all done by a Waters-less Pink Floyd, and I thought what is Pink Floyd without the genius that is Roger Waters? But, after hearing p.u.l.s.e, no offence to the man, but you don't notice that he isn't there. Guy Pratt does an excellent job filling in, and even on songs such as Money and Comfortably Numb, where Rogers' superb bass playing and distinctive vocals respectively make the songs what they are, you don't realise that it is someone else playing or singing, which I think is a good thing.
Disc one is mainly post-Waters stuff, but with a handful of 'classic' Floyd songs scattered here and there, and all performed brilliantly, I might add! It kicks off with a spine-tingling Shine on You crazy Diamond, a tribute to ex-band mate Syd Barrett, who went insane. Dave Gilmour really does give it his all in this song, and it gives me goose bumps every time! The next song is the very early Syd-era Astronomy Domine, again performed brilliantly. The next highlight on disc one (after Shine on You crazy Diamond) is Hey You, from their classic album The Wall. It starts off with that amazingly eerie guitar intro and then towards the end, spectacularly builds up into one of my favourite Floyd solos!! We end the first disc with Another Brick In The Wall; a song often associated with Waters, but carried off superbly.
Disc two is a real treat, Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety, LIVE!! Dark Side of the Moon, is of course Floyd's most famous album, and as spectacular an album it is, nothing can prepare you for how incredibly awesome it all sounds live. Time, with its famous alarm clock introduction, sounds like you've never heard it before, and Breathe, On The Run, The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Us And Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage and Eclipse also sound just as excellent as you'd expect them to be. And then, just as you think its all over, the Floyd return for an encore consisting of three more songs! The first encore is Wish You Were Here, not only my favourite Floyd song, but my favourite song of all time! It starts with that simple and beautiful guitar intro, and then Dave comes in and sings with all his heart. The crowd certainly give him a helping hand, sometimes even drowning him out!! Then comes that sweeping Comfortably Numb intro, and at this point I was thinking, can anyone sing it like Roger can?! The answer is, yes, and it sounds just as good as when Roger sang it, with the ever impressive solo by David Gilmour making it even better!! The final song is another track from The Wall, Run Like Hell. Sang extremely well by David, this is a great way to end the album, even though you don't want it to end!!
No Pink Floyd fan should be without this album, and anyone who isn't sure of what all the fuss is about should definitely check this out, nothing beats the sound of the Floyd live!!