What does it sound like?:
Two vinyl reissues of vintage Floyd, both albums originally having been released in the month of November. That’s November 1981 and November 1988 respectively, and this is the first time these two albums have been available in this format for over twenty years.
At the time, A Collection Of Great Dance Songs was the only ‘best of’ covering Floyd’s seminal run of albums from the seventies, although of course it has been subsequently superseded by sets such as Echoes and A Foot In The Door. The set threw up a few curiosities: Shine On comprised an edited hybrid of parts 1,2,4 and 7, ABITW Part 2 was a combination of the single and album versions, while Money, due to licensing problems, was basically rerecorded pretty much single-handedly by David Gilmour – I think this is still the only place you can hear this version and play spot the difference. It’s a good selection of a handful of key tracks, although it’s limited by the time constraints of a vinyl album, and it is slightly odd hearing some of these songs out of the context of their original albums..
Delicate Sound of Thunder is a double live set, marking the band’s comeback tour promoting the AMLOR album. It was recorded over five nights at Nassau Coliseum in late August 1988 – I recall seeing them the following month in the somewhat less grand surroundings of Maine Road, Manchester. As you’d expect, the show is a mixture of their best known material with a healthy selection of AMLOR material, which, bar a couple of tracks, wasn’t exactly their finest hour. A whole new generation of fans had the opportunity to witness the band live for the first time though, even if it was a pale imitation of the classic line up. The music and the light show were still there, but alas the creative heart and soul of the band was missing. Frustratingly, one of my favourite pieces, Us and Them, doesn’t appear, even though it was on the cd version, and it should be noted that a further seven songs performed ‘on the night’ didn’t make the cut either. Nevertheless, the whole thing is impeccably played, and with both these releases it’s great to see the original artwork returned to its full splendour.
What does it all *mean*?
I presume this pair of releases is aimed at the Floyd completist who wants to renew their vinyl copies, or maybe newer fans that weren’t around when these were last available in this format.
Goes well with…
Remembering when giants roamed the earth.
Might suit people who like…
Great innovative music, stellar playing, stadium rock shows.