What does it sound like?:
Two remastered reissues on heavyweight vinyl of albums from the opposite ends of Pink Floyd’s career, and representing opposite ends of the spectrum of their music.
1995’s Pulse set, now sadly without the red flashing light, captures the Gilmour led band on their 1994 Division Bell tour. Spread over four LPs, the set gives plenty of coverage to the band’s final two albums, combined of course with the best bits from Wish You Were Here and The Wall. The highlight though is a fine rendition of the complete Dark Side Of The Moon, as impeccably played and performed as you’d expect. I’m really more a fan of the Waters era rather than their post ‘83 efforts, but this is certainly an excellent document of the band’s latter years and their final tour. The sound quality is top notch on this version, which has been remastered by long time collaborator James Guthrie, and the whole package, which includes a beautiful 52 page hardback book, has been superbly put together with the usual painstaking attention to detail.
Rewind now twenty odd years earlier to Relics, which was originally released way back in 1971 as something of a stopgap while the band worked on new material. As such, it comprised their early singles, B sides, a few album tracks, (from Piper, Saucer and More), together with the obligatory unreleased song – in this case a studio recording of Waters’ Biding My Time, performed live as part of The Man and The Journey suite. It’s many years since I last dug this album out for a listen, but it still holds up well despite the passing of time – Arnold Layne, See Emily Play, Bike and Interstellar Overdrive sound as fresh and ground breaking as ever, and it’s good to reacquaint oneself with maybe lesser heard pieces like Remember A Day. A blast from the past then, but still worth having another listen to – this set has also been remastered by James Guthrie, and I still love Nick Mason’s fantastic drawing on the cover.
What does it all *mean*?
Two great releases for Floyd collectors and completists, capturing the band at the beginning and end of their major period of success. From British whimsical psychedelia to globe straddling stadium rock – two sides of the same coin – take your pick.
Goes well with…
Nostalgia – and a big wallet.
Might suit people who like…
Floyd, classic British rock.