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Great but uninspired performance
22 March 2012
I love Pink Floyd, but I find them a bit boring to watch on this disc. They're NOT bad. Far from it. Pink Floyd has always been a straight-faced band (literally), and this is no exception. But I expected that, so that's not a problem.
I don't know what it is, there's just something about it that doesn't quite resonate with me.
I really enjoyed the extended jamming/improvisation during "Money", but most of the other songs sound pretty much like the studio versions, which I've now understood is because they have to play along with the visual show. It's not bad by any means, it's just that there aren't many surprises.
A plus goes to Nick Mason and the female background singers, they seem to feel like they're on the top of the world during their five minutes in the spotlight during "The Great Gig in the Sky", which is just pure joy to watch and listen to. Just watch Nick pound the drums harder and harder as the blonde girl starts snarling like Tina Turner... it's great!
Too bad they didn't play "Astronomy Domine", "Young Lust" and "Echoes"...
The laser show is cool, but the picture is very grainy at times, even if it for the most part looks good.
It's a good product, but for some reason I never feel like watching more than one disc at a time. If you want a truly great DVD, I'd say check out Gilmour's "Live in Gdansk" instead. But that's just my opinion, and I seem to be in a minority. If you're a hardcore Floyd fan you will without a doubt love this concert, because it's not bad by any means, but for me that's not a fanatic but just loves Pink Floyd it was just very good.
HIGHLIGHTS: "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", "Learning to Fly", "On the Run", "The Great Gig in the Sky", "Money", "One of These Days".